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National report ranks UTHSC College of Nursing’s Doctoral Program in top 25


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has been ranked No. 23 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program on the magazine’s Best Graduate Schools list for 2023­–2024.

This is the Memphis-campus program’s highest ranking ever on the Best Graduate Schools list.

The ranking places the college in the top 6% of all DNP programs nationwide, ranked and unranked, and in the top 14% of DNP programs that made the list.

Designed for prospective students looking to further their education beyond college, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, medicine, law and nursing.

The college moved up the ranking list this year from the No. 27 position last year.

UTHSC has the most highly ranked DNP program of any public university in Tennessee.

“We are so proud of increasing our rank on this prestigious list, rising four positions from the previous year, while offering eight different concentrations in our DNP program,” said Dean Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAANP. “This is the result of the intentional work of the College of Nursing faculty, staff, and students to ensure we have a high-quality program with a national reputation for excellence. We are all very proud and celebrate this success and recognition.”

In addition to having the most highly ranked DNP program at a public university in Tennessee, UTHSC has the distinction of offering the most DNP pathways among Tennessee schools.

The UTHSC College of Nursing offers eight DNP concentrations, and all are accessible to a nurse who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). DNP programs at some other colleges require the applicant to hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to gain admission.

The ranking of 169 DNP programs was based on 14 indicators including the following: peer assessment, nursing practice participation, DNP degree output productivity, faculty credentials, student-faculty ratio, DNP student selectivity, DNP enrollment, DNP student grade point average, research activity, and total grants.

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