DNP No. 8, nurse-midwifery No. 3 in latest U.S. News rankings

April 9, 2024

DNP #8

U.S. News & World Report placed the University of Minnesota School of Nursing No. 8 in its 2024-2025 ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The School of Nursing is tied for eighth with the University of Maryland – Baltimore and University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and is fourth among public institutions. U.S. News ranked 156 programs based on 14 indicators encompassing faculty resources, quality assessment, research activity, program size and student selectivity.

The school’s nurse-midwifery DNP specialty was ranked the third best midwifery program by U.S. News. The University of Minnesota was tied with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus behind Vanderbilt University and Oregon Health and Science University.

“Recognition from U.S. News provides external validation of our program’s effort to prepare independent, competent, equity-minded midwifery care providers,” says Clinical Professor Melissa Saftner, PhD, CNM, FACNMM, director of the nurse-midwifery program. “We are grateful to our preceptors and the health systems who partner with us to prepare our graduates to provide reproductive and sexual health care to diverse communities.”

The nurse-midwifery program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was the first accredited midwifery program in the United States to transition to the DNP degree in 2009.

The complete rankings and methodology can be found on the U.S. News site.

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