NEWS | March 20, 2018

UC Davis School of Nursing named among nation's top 50 graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report names the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis among the nation’s best for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

The publication ranks the UC Davis School of Nursing’s master’s-degree leadership program as 46th, tied with three other programs. This degree program prepares graduates for health care leadership roles in a variety of organizations and as nurse faculty at the community-college level. Graduates exercise leadership through scientific thinking, responsibility, initiative, cultural inclusiveness, knowledge of organizations and system change, teamwork and a commitment to healthy communities. Since the first class entered in 2010, there are now 146 alumni who work in all major health care systems in Northern California and beyond.

“I’m continually amazed and inspired by our leadership graduates and the impact they have in their places of work. This recognition by U.S. News & World Report and our peers affirms the quality of our program,” said Founding Dean Heather M. Young.

All five of the graduate degrees offered at the School of Nursing place an emphasis on problem solving, independent thinking and individual accountability to empower students to fulfill their learning needs and prepare them to lead in health care. Faculty and students work together to create environments that promote leadership, interprofessional education, transformative research and cultural inclusiveness.

Last fall, the new home of the School of Nursing ― Betty Irene Moore Hall ― opened on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Its interprofessional spaces support innovative educational programs and innovative simulation suites to complement other facilities within the campus’ education core. The building also supports learning among the nursing, physician assistant, medical and other health science graduate students.

For the Best Nursing Schools rankings, U.S. News surveyed the 552 nursing schools with master's-degree or doctoral programs accredited in late summer 2017 by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Of the 314 nursing programs that responded, 296 provided enough data to be included in the rankings.

The complete Best Graduate Schools rankings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website

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