U.S. News Ranks Nursing Graduate Programs Among the Best in the Nation

March 29, 2022

The graduate offerings in the Wegmans School of Nursing are among the best in the nation according to the annual U.S. News Best Grad Schools ranking.

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Fisher’s master’s programs climbed 29 spots to rank No. 56, placing it among the top 10 percent of ranked programs across the country. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 107, in the top third of all ranked programs.

According to the publication, the Best Nursing Schools rankings assesses both master’s programs and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs on their research activity, faculty resources, student excellence, and qualitative ratings from experts.

“We are honored to be ranked among the top programs for both our master’s and doctoral degrees; this recognition is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff who continuously deliver an excellent education to our students,” said Dr. Tricia Gatlin, dean of the School. “I am proud to lead a School that educates advanced practice nurses who are prepared to care for diverse patient populations and ready to meet the ever-changing demands of the profession and health care needs of our nation. Our students and graduates are committed to serving their communities in impactful, meaningful ways.”

The School offers five Master of Science in Nursing degrees including Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner; and Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist; as well as a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. In fall 2021, the School welcomed the first cohort of students into a fully-online pathway for its master’s offerings, in partnership with 2U, Inc.

Fisher prepares the largest number of nurses in the region via its traditional baccalaureate degree program and a large percentage of advanced practice nurse practitioners into the regional and state-wide health care workforce. The School of Nursing also offers a master’s degree in mental health counseling and is home to the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing, which integrates specialized curriculum into nursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education that addresses the unique health care needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.