Ranked Among the Best for 2018

Ranked Among the Best for 2018

OU College of Nursing Ranks Best Among U.S. News & World Report rankings

Oklahoma City (March 2017) – The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is ranked as one of the best nursing schools for the master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.  

“We strive to provide an exceptional learning environment for our students,” said Dean Lazelle Benefield, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “Quality programs, extraordinary faculty, and outstanding clinical partnerships anchor our efforts to help students achieve their goals in nursing, to advance research, and to meet the growing need for exceptional nursing professionals in a variety of health care environments. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our efforts in our programs for master’s in nursing science and doctor of nursing practice.”

According to U.S. News, both the master's and DNP rankings are based on a weighted average of 14 indicators. The seven common factors are the four research activity indicators; faculty credentials; the percentage of faculty members with important achievements; and faculty participation in nursing practice. The other seven indicators in each ranking use measures that are specific to each degree type.

The College’s Master’s in Nursing Science (MSN) programs include four tracks, Administrative/Management, Education, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurse leaders to become clinical scholars, health care and policy leaders and evidence-based practice experts, as well as informatics and quality improvement leaders.  The MSN and DNP programs provide diverse learning experiences, including hybrid online education and opportunities to work with and alongside other disciplines.

Benefield added, "We continue to provide excellent programming at reasonable cost. Our value-added curricula are led by world-class faculty. And our alumni and friends share in our vision by financially supporting additional student leadership training that otherwise would not be possible: our study abroad program to OU @ Arezzo, customized national leadership training and attendance at a student healthcare policy summit in Washington. Our graduates make a difference in Oklahoma and beyond.”

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, the OU College of Nursing is the state’s largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The College of Nursing is a part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges.  To find out more, visit





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