The University of Michigan-Flint was selected by the U.S. News Media Group to be included in its recently released “Best Nursing School Rankings.” The UM-Flint master’s nursing program ranked in the top 23% of 467 schools included in the survey.
As part of the U.S.News & World Report 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings, master’s degree programs in nursing were assessed based on a peer survey of deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. This is U.S. News’s first ranking of graduate nursing programs in four years. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period were ranked.
“UM-Flint is proud to have the master’s nursing program nationally ranked. With more than four times as many RNs in the United States as physicians, nursing delivers an extended array of health care services, including primary and preventive care by advanced, independent, board certified nurse practitioners,” said UM-Flint’s Director of Nursing Margaret Andrews, Ph.D. “UM-Flint prepares family, adult, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners with master’s and doctoral degrees.”
UM-Flint currently has a federal grant that provides a $22,000 stipend for five nurses each year, for the next five years, who study in the accelerated 16-month program to prepare Adult Nurse Practitioners. Upon completion of the program, graduates will provide primary care services for adults and the elderly.
“Based on federal government forecasts, the demand for jobs in the healthcare industry is expected to grow in the coming decade,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News & World Report. “The new and updated Best Nursing Schools rankings guide will serve as an essential resource for anyone considering professional development in this arena.”