The University of Pennsylvania; John Hopkins University; University of California, San Francisco; University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh are nationally ranked nursing schools, as of 2015 according to U.S. News and World Report. Duke University; New York University; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Michigan and Emory University also have national rankings. More than 180 nationally ranked nursing schools exist in the United States.
Nationally ranked nursing schools must have accreditation by a nationally recognized nursing organization and have a nursing program at the graduate level. U.S. News and World Report uses certain indicators to determine the ranking, including the average GPA of students admitted, reputation of the school according to deans at other nursing schools, rate of graduation, research productivity, and amount of funding for research, as well as the fellowships, research success and nursing placement of faculty members at each school.
The University of Pennsylvania has specialty rankings for programs in nursing anesthesia, midwifery and nurse practitioner tracks. John Hopkins University ranks highly in nursing administration as well as family care, childhood and mental health nurse practitioner programs. The University of California, San Francisco, ranks highly in various nurse practitioner programs and midwifery. In addition to nurse practitioner courses, the University of Washington also ranks highly in nursing informatics, which combines data management with nursing science. The University of Pittsburgh concentrates on nursing leadership programs.