Each year, U.S. News & World Report compiles a list of rankings for best graduate nursing programs and various nursing specialties such as nursing service administration, family nursing, adult nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing.

Nursing Specialty - Adult Nursing:
  1. University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia.
  2. University of California--San Francisco
  3. Columbia University - New York, NY
  4. University of Washington - Seattle
  5. Yale University - New Haven, CT
  6. University of Maryland - Baltimore
  7. University of Michigan -Ann Arbor
  8. University of Colorado - Denver
  9. TIE: Rush University - Chicago, IL; University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
Nursing Specialty - Pediatric Nursing:
1 University of Pennsylvania
2 Yale University
3 University of Colorado
4 University of Washington
5 University of California -San Francisco
6 University of Pittsburgh -Main Campus Pittsburgh
7 Rush University
8 Columbia University - New York
8 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (School of Nursing)
10. Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
10. Catholic University of America Washington, DC
10. University of Rochester - Rochester, NY

Nursing Specialty -Family Nursing:
  1. University of Washington
  2. University of California--San Francisco
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Yale Univ
  5. Univ of Colorado
  6. Univ of Maryland--Baltimore
  7. Columbia Univ - NYC
  8. Univ of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  9. Pace Univ - NYC
  10. Rush Univ
Nursing Specialty - Geriactric Nursing (Gerontology):

1. University of Pennsylvania
2. University of Iowa - Iowa City
3. New York University - NYC
4. Case Western Reserve Univ - Cleveland, OH
5. Oregon Health and Science Univ – Portland
6. U of Michigan
7. U of California -San Francisco
8. U of Texas Health Science Center--Houston
9. Rush University
10. Duke Uni - Durham, NC
10. Univ of Washington

Nursing Specialty - Pychiatric Nursing:
  1. University of Washington
  2. University of California--San Francisco
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Yale Uni
  5. U of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  6. Indiana Uni
  7. Purdue Uni -Indianapolis
  8. Rush Uni
  9. U of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, School of Nursing
  10. U of Pittsburgh, Main Campus
Source: US News & World Report 2009

* Suggested Reading:

US Graduate Schools of Nursing Ranking

Top Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Top Schools for Nursing Administration

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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