Graduate Nursing Program Jumps Up in Latest U.S. News Rankings

March 30, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

The front of Memorial Hall is shown on the campus of Elmhurst College. The building houses Elmhurst's new Public Health program.Elmhurst University’s graduate program in nursing shot up 13 places on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of the country’s Best Graduate Schools.

Elmhurst’s nursing graduate program came in at No. 146 this year on U.S. News’ national grad schools rankings, which were released on March 30. Elmhurst’s program includes a master of science in nursing and a master’s entry in nursing practice. The program ranks No. 6 in Illinois on the Best Nursing Schools list, close behind much larger, research-based institutions such as the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University.

“We are excited to again be recognized at the national and state level for our excellence in master’s level nursing education,” said Diane Salvador, executive director of Elmhurst’s department of nursing and health sciences. “Receiving this distinction over time is an indication of consistent excellence in teaching, and preparation of students for advanced nursing roles.”

U.S. News notes that advanced degrees in nursing can improve professional skill sets, foster specialization, and create opportunities for leadership and clinical roles that often lead to higher earnings over time. To help prospective students find the programs that best suit them, the Best Nursing Schools rankings assessed master’s programs on their research activity, faculty resources, student excellence and qualitative ratings from experts.

The U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings can be found at

Last year, Elmhurst’s graduate nursing program was one of three Elmhurst U. graduate programs to appear in the U.S. News rankings for the first time. The University’s programs in nursing, occupational therapy and communication sciences and disorders were recognized, and all three graduate programs also ranked in the top eight in Illinois. The graduate programs in occupational therapy and communication sciences and disorders are ranked on a 4-year cycle; their current standings will remain on until they are ranked again.

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