NEWS | March 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report recognizes UC Davis School of Nursing as one of nation's top graduate schools


U.S. News & World Report names the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis among the nation’s best for master’s-degree nursing programs in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

The publication ranks the UC Davis School of Nursing’s master’s-degree leadership program as 52nd, tied with three other programs. The first 25 students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science — Leadership program entered in 2010 and graduated in 2012. They are among the 199 alumni of the program who have gone on to lead in a variety of health care positions across the region and serve as faculty at the community-college level.

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report affirms the quality of our program and our commitment to develop the leadership potential inherent in all our students,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. “I am honored that our peers continue to recognize that, while we are still a young school with relatively small enrollment, our contribution to higher learning and the nursing profession are worthy of this distinction.”

This fall, the future home of the School of Nursing will open on UC Davis Sacramento campus. Betty Irene Moore Hall supports innovative educational programs and features innovative simulation suites to complement other facilities within the campus’ education core. The building also supports interprofessional learning among the nursing, physician assistant, medical and other health science graduate students.

The master’s-degree leadership program is one of five programs led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 55 faculty members from disciplines including nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, pharmacy, sociology and public health.

The 532 nursing schools with mas­ter’s-degree or doctoral programs accred­ited in late summer 2016 by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accredi­tation Commission for Education in Nursing were surveyed in late 2016 and early 2017; 292 pro­vided enough data to be included. Rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators, including quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources and peer evaluation.

The rankings appear in the April 11 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

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