School of Nursing at a Glance

Founded in 1909, the School of Nursing is recognized as the first program established within a university and continues to lead nursing education and the profession into the future. Read more about the school in the Welcome Message from the Dean.

Points of Pride


First to offer DNP degrees in nurse anesthesia, nursing informatics, and health innovation and leadership.


Second largest full-time DNP program in the country and ranked in the top 10% by U.S. News and World Report.


12th in NIH funding to nursing schools; 1st in Big Ten Academic Alliance. Along with Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & healing, received nearly $6M in NIH funding in 2020.


The informatics program is ranked second in the nation and the midwifery program is ranked second by U.S. News and World Report.


Awarded 2.3 million in scholarships during the 2020-21 academic year.

5 years

Fifth consecutive year receiving the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine.


Chair and professorship endowment fund valued at $13 million in 2020

34 fellows

Thirty-four faculty are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

2 clinics

The school operates two Nurse Practitioners Clinics


Awarded the Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for Nursing Collaboratory



To generate knowledge and educate leaders to shape the future of nursing and advance health care to improve the health and well-being of all.


Optimal health and well-being for all people and the planet.

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