School of Nursing Ranking Climbs to #4 Among Graduate Schools

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing tied for fourth in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings. This is a move up from its tie for fifth place in 2007, the last time the publication ranked graduate-level nursing programs.

The School’s average assessment score of 4.5 matched that of the University of California-San Francisco and placed it just under Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Washington, which all tied for first with a score of 4.6. The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based on the ratings of peer academic experts and will appear in the 2012 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

SON  also ranked in the top ten for several nursing specialties. It tied for fourth in the psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist category, placed tenth for pediatric nurse practitioner, and was sixth for nursing service administration. See all the nursing rankings here.

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Innovative Clinical Nurse Leader and Clinical Nurse Leader-Nurse Educator Options

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is pleased to announce the offering of an innovative, 32 credit Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option in the master’s program. The CNL curriculum prepares nurses as advanced nursing generalists with a master’s of science in nursing degree. This program prepares nurses to provide and manage care across all settings in which health care is delivered. CNL students may also take an additional 6 course credits to be prepared as a Nurse Educator. This extended program of study is 38 course credits. Baccalaureate prepared nurses may complete the CNL or CNL/Nurse Educator options across 4 OR 5 academic semesters. At least 75% of the curriculum is available through distance learning formats. 

If you are interested in playing a key role in transforming the health care system, teaching other nurses within hospitals, or educating students in community colleges, or baccalaureate programs, please consider applying for our Fall 2011 class. For more information, please contact:

Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrington Hall, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, Phone: (919) 966-4260 or e-mail:


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