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Nursing Earns Best Undergraduate School Designation from U.S. News and World Report

For the first time, U.S. News has published an undergraduate nursing degree ranking for programs that offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BSN.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing ranked 42nd among all public universities and 58th nationally, according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings released today.

“UT’s College of Nursing is excited to be ranked in the top ten percent of Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs,” said Victoria Niederhauser, the Sara Rosenbaum Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair for the College of Nursing. “This ranking is a direct reflection of the talented faculty members in our college who are committed to excellence in education through clinical experiences in hospitals and community settings, simulated learning in our health innovation lab, and interactive classroom experiences.”

To be included in the rankings, nursing schools needed to be accredited at the bachelor’s level by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The college also needed to be a regionally accredited institution that awarded at least 35 BSN degrees, according to 2018-2019 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each 694 undergraduate BSN degree-granting nursing programs that met the above criteria. All 694 will be ranked.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated a spotlight on nurses who have demonstrated their dedication to society by providing safe, effective, and evidence-based care to patients all over the world,” said Sadie Hutson, executive associate dean of the college. “I am so proud of our exceptional faculty and staff in their provision of a high-quality baccalaureate education that is addressing the demand of the nursing shortage in our country. Our exceptional graduates are making a significant impact on health in the lives of Tennesseans and beyond.”

The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing is nationally ranked and internationally recognized for its diverse and comprehensive educational programs, highlighted by innovative simulation, interprofessional collaboration, research, and community outreach.

“It is an honor to work directly with an exceptional undergraduate team who are committed to preparing our students as future nurse professionals and healthcare leaders,” said Shelia Swift, assistant dean of undergraduate programs. “Our faculty and staff are totally committed to meeting the college’s mission to lead care, create partnerships, and improve health, and our incredible graduates make a positive difference for patients in a variety of healthcare settings.”


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