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Our nursing program rankings are based on published surveys, student data, and other educational data collected through several sources, including the following agencies:

Data Sources

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
  • The Counsel for Community and Economic Research

Nurse Educator Rankings Methodology

We have ranked our 2019 Top Nurse Educator programs by first grouping all schools that reported offering a nurse educator program within the IPEDS database. We then filtered out the following information in order to extract the relevant data needed to rank the programs. Here's how we formulated our rankings:

  • Any school that did not have a valid accreditation was omitted
  • Any school that had an average of less than 10 total nursing graduates each year was omitted in order to maintain student privacy and statistical integrity
  • Only 4-year universities were included

Points Distribution

Schools were ranked in order of total points. The points breakdown is as follows:

  1. If the institution offers online programs (5 Points)
  2. The number & variety of different types of nursing programs offered by the institution, sorted from higher to lower (20 Points)
  3. Ratio of total nurse educator vs. total degrees awarded by the institution, sorted from higher to lower ratios (45 Points)
  4. Annual tuition and fees adjusted for each county's cost of living, sorted by lowest to highest (30 Points)

Once all the points were totaled, we ranked the schools from highest to lowest total points.

Nursing Administration Rankings Methodology

Our 2019 Top Nursing Administration rankings are created by first grouping all schools that reported offering a nursing administration program within the IPEDS database. Then we filtered out the following information in order to render data that is useful for ranking purposes. Here's what we did:

  • Any school that did not have a valid accreditation was omitted
  • Any school that had an average of less than 10 total nursing graduates each year was omitted in order to maintain student privacy and statistical integrity
  • Only 4-year universities were included

Points Distribution

Schools were ranked in order of total points. The points breakdown is as follows:

  1. If the institution offers online programs (10 Points)
  2. If the institution is affiliated with a hospital as defined by IPEDS (10 Points)
  3. The number & variety of different types of nursing programs offered by the institution, sorted from higher to lower (10 Points)
  4. Ratio of total nursing degrees vs. total degrees awarded by the institution, sorted from higher to lower ratios (30 Points)
  5. Annual tuition and fees adjusted for each county's cost of living, sorted by lowest to highest (40 Points)

Once all the points were totaled, we ranked the schools from highest to lowest total points.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Rankings Methodology

Our 2018 Top DNP Programs rankings are generated by first grouping all schools that reported offering a doctorate program in nursing within the IPEDS database. Then we filtered out the following information in order to render data that is useful for ranking purposes. Here's what we did:

  • Any school that did not have a valid accreditation was omitted
  • Any school that had an average of less than 10 total nursing graduates each year was omitted in order to maintain student privacy and statistical integrity
  • Only 4-year universities were included

Points Distribution

Schools were ranked in order of total points. The points breakdown is as follows:

  1. If the institution offers online programs (5 Points)
  2. If the institution is affiliated with a hospital as defined by IPEDS (5 Points)
  3. Annual tuition and fees adjusted for it's county's cost of living, sorted by lowest to highest (30 Points)
  4. Ratio of total nursing degrees vs total degrees awarded by the institution, sorted from higher to lower ratios (20 Points)
  5. The number & variety of different types of DNP offered by the institution, sorted from higher to lower (40 Points)

Once all the points were totaled, we ranked the schools from highest to lowest total points.

Concerns, Questions, and Corrections

We understand there are many other factors involved in deciding which school best supports students on their nursing education journey. Our goal in providing our rankings information is to provide students with another point to consider when choosing a school to attend. Our recommendation would be to use our rankings in addition to other, personal factors when considering a nursing school or program.

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