U.S. News and World Report Ranks Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program as One of the Best

U.S. News and World Report Ranks Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program as One of the Best

3/12/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program has been ranked as one of the best programs in the country in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 list of Best Graduate Schools.

Ashland University’s DNP program was ranked 137th in the nation, which also gave it the third best private college program ranking in the state of Ohio behind Case Western Reserve University and Ursuline College. The U.S. News rankings of the doctor of nursing practice programs were based on 14 different indicators, including Quality Assessment, Student Selectivity and Program Size, Faculty Resources and Research Activity.

“We are very proud that our doctor of nursing practice program has been ranked as a top program by U.S. News and World Report,” said Dr. Carrie Keib, dean of the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our Doctor of Nursing program is a relatively new program -- just starting in the summer of 2014 -- and we are pleased that it is now recognized as one of the premier programs in the state and country.”

Ashland’s DNP program is a graduate level educational program leading to a practice doctorate for baccalaureate and master’s prepared registered nurses. “The DNP program offers two tracks of study: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Health Systems Leadership (HSL),” Keib said.

Keib said Ashland’s program of study prepares nurses for the highest level of practice. “The program emphasizes clinical scholarship and evidence-based practice, quality improvement, leadership, cultural competence, organizational analysis and health care policy,” she said.

The DNP program also includes a scholarly project where students conduct an evidence-based practice project aimed at improving practice and patient outcomes in the student’s area of interest, specialty or expertise. Clinical coursework for the FNP and HSL tracks include a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical practice at selected clinical sites.

Those interested in learning more about Ashland’s DNP program can contact Dr. Lisa Young, director of the DNP Program, at lyoung3@ashland.edu or 419.521.6844.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###