FAU College of Nursing programs ranked top 50 in the nation

Three of its programs made the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Grad Schools list.


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Thomas Chiles, Contributing Writer

Three of Florida Atlantic’s nursing school programs ranked in the top 50 of nursing schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

On March 14, the report released its 2018 Best Grad Schools list. The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing tied with the University of South Florida and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst for the 45th best master’s program.  

It also tied with Florida State University and the University of Arizona for the 43rd best online master’s nursing program in the nation, as well as Clarion University of Pennsylvania/Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program tied with the University of Florida for 44th place.

“We are delighted and honored to be recognized among this elite set of nursing schools – both public and private in these latest rankings by ‘U.S. News & World Report,’” College of Nursing Dean Marlaine Smith said in an FAU press release.

To compose the list, U.S. News & World Report evaluated 292 nursing schools for their  acceptance rate, average GPAs, student-to-faculty ratio and number of degrees awarded.

FAU’s College of Nursing placed in the top 30 of ranked schools in several categories including affordability, percent of faculty active in nursing practice and number of master’s degrees awarded. Its number of teaching and practice grants and percent of faculty with doctoral degrees and distinguished fellowships was also ranked.

“We remain driven in raising both the visibility and stature of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and these new rankings coupled with our exceptional faculty and staff as well as our outstanding students are indicators that we are making great strides in the delivery of education, research, health care and community outreach,” Smith said.

The College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and Ph.D. degree programs. It currently has about 1,600 nursing students enrolled.

Thomas Chiles is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @thomas_iv.