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Nursing Schools Almanac ranks Graduate School of Nursing among top

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

December 16, 2019

The Graduate School of Nursing at UMass Medical School is in the top ranks of the best nursing schools nationally, regionally and locally, according to Nursing Schools Almanac. The GSN is ranked second among the top schools in Massachusetts, fourth in New England, 21st nationwide among public schools, and 38th among public and private schools nationwide.

“As we continue to grow our graduate nursing programs to meet the health care needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we are especially gratified to be the top ranked public nursing school in the state,” said Joan Vitello, PhD, dean of the GSN. “Our faculty and students can all be proud of their excellence in teaching, practice, scholarship and service.”

The rankings are based on surveys by Nursing Schools Almanac of more than 3,200 nursing schools nationwide. Each school was evaluated on three dimensions: the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value; the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure exam.

The Graduate School of Nursing was established at UMass Medical School in 1986 to meet the demand for highly qualified professionals to serve in all areas of patient care and to promote nursing leadership in education, practice and research. It is one of the interprofessional partners of the integrated academic health sciences center at the state’s only public medical school, along with the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

See the full rankings online.