Top nurse practitioner schools in the United States include University of Pennsylvania, University of California -- San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, Rush University, and University of Pittsburgh. While there are many branches of nurse practitioner care, these universities often make the top of the charts for U.S. News.
The U.S. News website contains rankings of the top nurse practitioner schools based on the specific branches of medicine, such as family, pediatric, primary care or adult. Thus, the rankings are different for each specific branch. Aspects of the schools that U.S. News take into account included tuition, total master's enrollment, peer assessment score and acceptance rate. The result of this assessment is that a school could have a high tuition and be a very prestigious university while another school could have a lower tuition but be well worth the money spent.
The ranking includes schools that came up multiple times at the top of the chart in different branches of medicine. Although the way that U.S. News analyzes the schools does include an assessment of tuition as well as academics, that does not lessen the impact of such an evaluation; therefore, it is safe to assume that all of the universities listed above are good nurse practitioner schools.