UAMS College of Nursing’s BSN Program Ranked 67th in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

By Chris Carmody

UAMS’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program tied for No. 67 out of 681 programs evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, placing the College of Nursing in the top 10% nationwide. UAMS was the only school in Arkansas ranked in the top 100.

Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the UAMS College of Nursing, said the recognition reflects the faculty’s dedication and passion for excellence in education, scholarship and service.

“It’s an honor to be on this list of top BSN programs with our incredible peers,” Cowan said. “We have outstanding nursing students who are committed, and well-prepared, to advance the health of people not only in Arkansas but around the nation and world.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings were decided by top nursing school officials and academics who rated the quality of BSN programs on a scale of 1 to 5. All schools in the rankings were required to have a bachelor’s-level accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and they needed to have recently awarded at least 40 BSN degrees.

UAMS saw 125 students graduate from the BSN program in May, and 5,540 students have earned their undergraduate degrees since the program’s inception. The College of Nursing, established in 1953, also offers a Master of Nursing Science degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and eight institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the Institute for Community Health Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 12,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.