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UTHSC’s College of Nursing Retains Spot in Top 25 DNP Programs in U.S.

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, founded in 1898, is one of the largest producers of DNP’s in the country.

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science held its position in the Top 25 “Best Nursing Schools with Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs” in the country, according to the new 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The UTHSC College of Nursing tied at No. 24 with the University of Florida at Gainesville, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

“Our second year in the Top 25 DNP programs in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report is strong validation of our continued tradition of excellence,” said Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAANP, dean of the UTHSC College of Nursing. “We are proud and honored to produce excellent practitioners through our rigorous programs to serve our communities and meet their evolving health care needs.”

According to the magazine, 584 nursing schools with accredited master’s or doctoral programs were included in the survey. Of those, 183 schools offered enough information to be in the DNP program ranking.

The magazine said the ranking is based on more than a dozen factors, including research, faculty credentials and accomplishments, faculty participation in clinical nursing practice, and more.

The UTHSC College of Nursing DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through December 31, 2024. The college was founded in 1898.

With seven program concentrations and two dual-degree concentrations, the College of Nursing’s DNP Program is one of the largest producers of advanced practice DNPs in the country.