Posted on Mar 12, 2019

USF Graduate Nursing Programs Leap into Nation’s Top 50

USF Graduate Nursing Programs Leap into Nation’s Top 50

The University of South Florida’s College of Nursing catapulted into the nation’s top 50 graduate nursing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s (USNWR) 2020 Best Graduate Schools list released Tuesday.

In the rankings, the USF College of Nursing rose 14 spots to No. 41 among master’s nursing programs and jumped 25 spots to No. 41 among Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs for 2020.

“This recognition from U.S. News & World Report speaks to the robust curriculum and outstanding faculty at the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing,” said Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health. “We are so proud of our students and our faculty for their commitment to excellence.”

For the Best Nursing Schools list, U.S. News used a weighted average of 14 indicators to rank the graduate programs. The College of Nursing saw improvements in several areas, including overall score, peer assessment, full-time faculty with doctoral degrees, and faculty with distinguished academic memberships.

In addition, there were seven shared factors used in determining the master’s and DNP rankings, including four research activity areas, faculty credentials, the percentage of faculty designated as nursing fellows, and faculty participation in nursing practice.

Under the master’s nursing programs, USF College of Nursing took the top spot among public universities in Florida.

To view the entire rankings lists, visit the U.S. News & World Report site:

Best Nursing Schools: Master’s

Best Nursing Schools: DNP

Story by Elizabeth L. Brown, USF College of Nursing