2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings Announced - Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Listed

March 18, 2020
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) was recently ranked in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) 2021 Best Graduate Schools. LHSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which includes programs in anesthesia nursing, executive nurse leadership, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatric nurse practitioner – is ranked No. 59 nationally.

In the specialty rankings, LHSON’s U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN), which operates at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, is ranked No. 8 nationally, while Baylor’s nurse-midwifery program is newly ranked at No. 21 in the nation.

USNWR’s 2020 Best Online Programs ranked LHSON’s Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the top 25% nationally, moving up to No. 41. Additionally, LHSON's online MSN in Leadership and Innovation ranked No. 8 nationally among the Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration Programs.

Over the last three years, LHSON has been moving forward with online program development. In early 2020, LHSON introduced two new online programs, Distance Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for rural Texas and a Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). Previously, in 2019 LHSON launched an online DNP Executive Nurse Leadership program and in 2018 offered online versions of its DNP program including tracks as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. These programs join the BSN degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc® (one year accelerated), as well as online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation and U.S. Army DNP Anesthesia Nursing programs.

“We are honored to be listed among distinguished nursing graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Our programs are designed to prepare graduates to lead and transform today’s complex healthcare environments.”

For the Best Nursing Schools rankings, U.S. News surveyed the 603 nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in fall 2019 and early 2020. DNP rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 measures of quality, including peer assessment, student selectivity and DNP program size, faculty resources and research activity. Specialty rankings are based solely on assessments by nursing school deans and deans of graduate studies.
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