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Vanderbilt graduate schools named among nation’s best

Mar. 22, 2018, 9:38 AM


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) are again named among the Best Graduate Schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 rankings released online March 20.

Of 177 eligible schools, VUSM is ranked No. 17 among the nation’s Best Medical Schools for Research, while VUSN is ranked No. 14 among nursing schools for its master’s program, and No. 11 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice.

To determine scores, U.S. News & World Report used a revised ranking methodology this year for schools of medicine that arrives at a weighted average across 12 indicators. For schools of nursing, both rankings — masters and doctorate — are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators.

In the schools of medicine specialties category, VUSM’s internal medicine program is ranked No. 10, and pediatrics is ranked No. 15.

Specialty program rankings for schools of medicine are based solely on ratings by medical school deans and senior faculty from the list of schools surveyed.

Among nursing specialty disciplines, VUSN’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program ranked No. 2; Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, No. 2; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care program, No. 8; Nursing Informatics program, No. 3; Family Nurse Practitioner program, No. 5; and Adult Gerontology-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, No. 3.

Nursing specialty rankings are based solely on assessments by nursing school deans and deans of graduate studies who identified up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area.

Linda Norman, DSN, RN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of the School of Nursing, said that it is an honor to be ranked among the best nursing schools in the country.

She credited the school’s faculty, students, staff and alumni for making VUSN a strong and relevant nursing school.

Other Vanderbilt programs ranked in this latest edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools include:

  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development — No. 8;
  • Vanderbilt School of Law — No. 17;
  • Owen Graduate School of Management (Schools of Business) — No. 26; and
  • Vanderbilt School of Engineering — No. 37.

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