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Sun-Sentinel Article recognizes FAU's College of Nursing Graduate Programs

Dec 13, 2017


Going to grad school? South Florida programs rank high


VIDEO: The Christine Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University ranks 45th on the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s list of top graduate nursing programs in the country.

by Scott Travis Contact Reporter


If you want to go to a top-ranked graduate school, you have plenty of options right here in South Florida.


The 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s list of top graduate schools in the nation include Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, the University of Miami, Barry University and Palm Beach Atlantic.


These schools are evaluated on such things as employment rates and starting salaries for graduates, standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, and reputation surveys by local employers and other colleges.


However, when it comes to undergraduate education, the region is not well represented in the top tier. Only UM has cracked the top 100 on that list, placing at 46th this year.


While FAU hasn't earned a spot on U.S. News’s undergraduate list, its master degree nursing program is ranked as the second best in Florida and the 45th best in the country.


The Christine Lynn College of Nursing was ranked 197th in 2011 but since then it has been involved in more research, which helped its ranking improve, saud Dean Marlaine Smith. It also got high marks from local hospitals and other nursing programs around the country, she said.


"I think we’ve had more visibility. We’ ve been really getting the word out about the quality of our faculty,” Smith said. “They’ve been featured in more presentations at national conferences.”


FAU also cracked the top 100 for its graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling (24) and public affairs (96).


Three NSU graduate programs were ranked among the country’s 100 best: physician assistant (40), occupational therapy (44) and pharmacy (77).


"We’ve created a health care education community with 29 different programs that are very popular and have been around a lot of years,” said Irv Rosenbaum, interim chancellor for NSU’s health professions division. “They’re all well regarded by students looking for graduate schools.”


NSU is making major investments into health education. It’s doctor of osteopathic medical program, which didn’t make the U.S. News list, has plans to expand onto a new campus in Tampa. The college also plans to start a new M.D. program in 2018. Its Davie campus will be the site of a new hospital as HCA Healthcare plans to relocate Plantation General Hospital.


NSU is one of two top ranked pharmacy programs in South Florida, the other being Palm Beach Atlantic University, a small Christian university in West Palm Beach, which has the 98th top ranked pharmacy program.


Barry University in Miami Shores ranked high for three of its programs: nursing anesthesia (94), physician assistant (81) and social work (78).


The top graduate programs at FIU in Miami, according to U.S. News, include nursing (56), health care management (57), public affairs (68) and law (100).


UM had by far the most top rated programs, with 17 on the U.S. News list. These include the medical school (48), the law school (77) and graduate programs for physical therapy (10), clinical psychology (25) and education (80).


These are South Florida’s graduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


Biological sciences


84. University of Miami




57. University of Miami


Clinical Psychology


25.University of Miami


Earth sciences


42. University of Miami




83. University of Miami




80. University of Miami




99. University of Miami


Health Care Management


33. University of Miami


57. Florida International University




91. University of Miami




77. University of Miami


100. Florida International University




48. University of Miami


Nursing (master’s)


38. University of Miami


45. Florida Atlantic University


56. Florida International University


Nursing Anesthesia


88. Florida International University (tie)


88. University of Miami (tie)


94. Barry University


Occupational therapy


44. Nova Southeastern University


75. Florida International University




77. Nova Southeastern University


98. Palm Beach Atlantic University


Physical therapy


10. University of Miami


Physician assistant


44. Nova Southeastern University


81. Barry University




60. University of Miami


Public Affairs


68. Florida International University


96. Florida Atlantic University


Rehabilitation counseling


24. Florida Atlantic University


Social work


78. Barry University


91. Florida International University




80. University of Miami