Yale Nursing Climbs to Highest Rank in School’s History

March 12, 2019

Yale School of Nursing (YSN) has achieved its highest-ever ranking, earning the number five spot in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), tying with Columbia University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. YSN climbed three slots since last year’s list.

“We are thrilled with this result,” said Dean of YSN Ann Kurth. “To achieve the highest ranking in our nearly 100-year history speaks to an incredible team effort within our school. We are privileged to engage with the highest caliber students, whose curiosity is inspired and encouraged by the pedagogy and research of our outstanding faculty. We are also grateful to all the supporters who believe in our school. And this achievement would also not be possible without the clinicians, scientists, preceptors, and our professional staff who contribute to the work of bringing better health to all people.”

In addition to ascending to the top five overall, YSN’s programs also performed well. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program ranked eighth, rising two places since last year. Among the specialties, the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) ranked third, up one spot since last year, and the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHN) also placed third, a jump of five slots in the past year.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty made the largest move this year, jumping nine slots to land at number 11. The Adult/Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner track leapt into 10th place, and the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care specialty placed 15th.

Yale University also offers a PhD in nursing, but USNWR does not rank PhDs.

The complete list of USNWR nursing school rankings can be viewed here, and the ranking methodology is discussed in greater detail here.

QS World University Rankings Place YSN in the Top Ten

QS World University Rankings has placed YSN in the ninth position globally on its list this year. The QS methodology concentrates on six metrics: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio. Academic reputation carries the greatest weight, and accounts for 40 percent of the score. More in-depth information about the QS World University ranking can be found here.

Yale Nursing was one of the world’s first nursing schools to be academically-based and will celebrate its centennial in 2023.

For additional information, please contact Assistant Director of Communications Lauren Langford at lauren.langford@yale.edu.