Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale PhD Program in Nursing Ranked in Top Five in New Evaluation

September 1, 2010

Yasemin Turkman.The PhD Program in Nursing at Yale University is ranked in the top five in the nation among doctoral programs in nursing, according to ratings released by the National Research Council (NRC).

Rankings were based on awards per faculty member, percent of faculty with grants, time to achieve degree, students' average GRE scores, and several other related areas. Overall, the NRC ranked in terms of quality 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 universities nationwide. The assessment is designed to help universities evaluate and improve the quality of their programs and to provide prospective students with information on the nation's doctoral programs.

"For our relatively new and small PhD program, this news reaffirms the commitment to excellence that has been a hallmark of the program from the beginning," commented Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN. "This ranking puts the Yale program among the most elite in the country."

The rankings by the NRC used a new and rigorous methodology that contains some of the most thorough measures ever collected on doctoral programs nationwide. It is the first ranking of PhD programs by NRC in 15 years and the first time nursing has been included.

"This is really great news for our doctoral program," added Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, C-NP, FAAN, Professor and Director of the YSN PhD Program. "This demonstrates recognition of nursing's development as a field of scientific inquiry with established areas of doctoral research and characteristics of excellence. The rankings will be very helpful to our program planning and will allow potential applicants to compare programs with respect to characteristics that are important to them."