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College of Nursing Undergraduate Program Achieves U.S. News & World Report Ranking

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is ranked among U.S. News & World Reports top undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the nation. This is the first time the publication ranked institutions’ nursing schools or departments that offer the BSN degree. Caring science guides the philosophy and program outcomes of the College of Nursing (CON) which informs the curriculum, research and practice of our profession.

“The U.S. News & World Report ranking speaks to our commitment to offer the highest quality educational program to a diverse student body,” said Safiya George, PhD, dean. “We are pleased the College of Nursing is receiving well-deserved recognition for advancing nursing knowledge and providing opportunities for students to pursue careers in this field.”

U.S. News & World Report surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 694 undergraduate BSN degree-granting nursing programs in the spring and summer of 2021 to determine rankings.

The College of Nursing’s BSN NCLEX, licensure examination, pass rates for first-time test takers represent the top 1 percent in the nation and are among the best in Florida. According to Karethy Edwards, DrPH, associate dean of academic programs, “these rankings are achieved through the outstanding work of faculty, several of whom are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Academies of Practice.”

“The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is one of the best colleges from which to obtain your nursing education,” said Ivan Bernardo Almira Aguilar, a BSN Freshman Direct Admit student. “The faculty go above and beyond to ensure your needs are met, and often make you feel right at home.”

Nearly 1,360 students are enrolled in CON this year, including 874 students in the BSN program. Black and Hispanic students represent almost 50 percent of graduates from all degree programs. The College continues to expand with new programs to help address the critical nursing shortage and to equip nurses with health care innovation.

The College of Nursing is ranked No. 11 by U.S. News & World Report in 2021 for "Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration Programs;" No. 32 for the "Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs;" No. 56 for “Best MSN Graduate Programs,” No. 60 for “Best Nursing Doctorate Graduate Programs” in 2022; and No. 120 for “Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs” in 2022.