The College of Nursing & Health Sciences’ (CNHS) undergraduate nursing program is ranked #93 among nearly 700 nursing schools surveyed by U.S. News & World Report in their 2023 college rankings released this month.
The college remains among the 100 best U.S. nursing schools and is now in the top 13% of nursing schools surveyed for the report. The ranking moved up three spaces from #96 last year.
"We are pleased to learn that UMass Dartmouth's undergraduate nursing program remains among the top 100 nursing schools in the United States,” said CNHS Dean Kimberly Christopher. “Our strong educational and clinical programs continue to prepare nurses and nurse leaders for healthcare careers in our region, the commonwealth, and beyond.”
The college boasts a 94% five-year average, first-time pass rate on the NCLEX national nursing exam for BS graduates and 100% of its graduates are either employed or enrolled in graduate study six months after graduation. Updated nursing labs include a clinical skills lab, a health assessment lab, and the Elizabeth Pennington Simulation Lab and Debriefing Suite. Students are placed in clinical rotations in leading area hospitals and medical centers and have secured employment at major hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program rankings are determined by the average scores received from surveys of top academics and officials at nursing schools or departments. Schools are included and ranked in this standalone peer assessment survey if they have bachelor’s-level accreditation by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
For the seventh straight year in the U.S. News report, UMass Dartmouth achieved National University status, a designation reserved for universities offering undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs and a commitment to producing groundbreaking research.