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NDSU nursing and pharmacy graduate programs among nation's top schools

March 22, 2017 – Fargo, North Dakota – Graduate programs at North Dakota State University’s School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy were named among the nation’s top programs in a ranking released by U.S. News and World Report in March.

NDSU’s doctor of nursing practice program was listed at 38th in a six-way tie out of 186 schools included in the ranking. The doctor of pharmacy program at NDSU was listed at 66th in a four-way tie out of 125 schools included in the ranking. 

“Our nursing faculty and clinical instructors continue to exhibit their commitment to providing an exceptional nursing program to students at graduate and undergraduate levels,” said Carla Gross, associate dean of NDSU’s School of Nursing and Fargo site chair. “We offer the doctor of nursing program to provide graduates who assist the state and region in meeting the needs of patients, particularly in rural areas.”

NDSU offers its doctor of nursing practice both at its Fargo site and at the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck, North Dakota.

According to the U.S. News and World Report website, criteria for the doctor of nursing practice rankings included faculty credentials, research activity, faculty achievements and participation in nursing practice, peer assessment, student selectivity, grade point average, student-faculty ratio and program size. Detailed information is included in the survey methodology. previously named the NDSU School of Nursing in the nation’s top 30 public nursing schools, and in the top 4 schools in the Plains states. In addition, the school was designated a primary Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence by the Army ROTC program, and named a top online nursing program by OnlineU in 2015.

Approximately 80 percent of NDSU nursing students stay in North Dakota and approximately 90 percent of practicing pharmacists in the state are NDSU graduates.

NDSU’s School of Pharmacy, established in 1901, is among pioneers and innovators in the field to prepare students for a career in pharmacy. Grant-funded research in the College of Health Professions and School of Pharmacy has grown significantly in recent years to its current level of $30M cumulative grants awarded.

“The School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing at NDSU are dedicated to providing an exceptional education for our students,” said Charles D. Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions. “As a land grant institution, we are collaborating to develop ways to help meet the state’s health care workforce needs,” said Peterson.

In the pharmacy graduate school ranking, U.S. News and World Report lists the results based on “peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline,” who rated academic quality of programs. Details are outlined in its survey methodology.

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