UAMS College of Nursing’s BSN Program Ranked 86th in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

By Chris Carmody

UAMS’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program tied for No. 86 out of 656 programs examined by the publication. UAMS was the only Arkansas institution to rank in the top 100.

U.S. News & World Report determined the rankings through surveys from top academic and nursing school officials, who rated BSN programs they were familiar with on a scale from 1 to 5. Schools on the list 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.

The UAMS College of Nursing graduated 101 students from its BSN program during the 2022-23 academic year, and 5,641 students have earned their undergraduate degrees since the program’s inception.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top-performing BSN programs in the nation,” said Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the College of Nursing. “This ranking reflects the quality and the hard work of our students and faculty.”

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.

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