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School of Nursing ranked 7th best nursing school in the Washington, D.C. metro area

ISSUED: 3 August 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Nursing Schools Almanac has ranked Shepherd University’s School of Nursing number seven in the 25 Best Nursing Schools in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Shepherd’s leadership team to be recognized with this prestigious program ranking,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, dean, College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, and director, School of Nursing. “Shepherd has a phenomenal doctoral-prepared nursing faculty dedicated to the success of our students. The program strives to advance excellence and improve communities. Our graduates receive accolades from health care agencies for their compassion, caring, and competence.”

Nursing Schools Almanac assesses each institution based on three criteria—academic prestige and perceived value, breadth and depth of programs offered, and student success in passing licensure exams.

Photo of student working in nursing lab on a manequin babywith guidance from a professor.

Shepherd’s School of Nursing, which was recently reaccredited for 10 years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, has a 100 percent pass rate for DNP board certification and a 93 percent rate for BSN students passing their licensure exam.

The School of Nursing offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), fully online Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and post-graduate family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate programs.

The Nursing Schools Almanac says, “The prelicensure BSN is a patient-centered program designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The DNP curriculum is designed to produce family nurse practitioners and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners who embrace healthcare reform and are advocates for vulnerable populations.”

Since 2013, the Nursing Schools Almanac website has provided prospective nursing students a single destination to research programs. To create its ranking, Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on 3,000 institutions, with only 40 percent making the final list of the best nursing schools in the nation.

To view the Washington, D.C. metro area rankings, visit the Nursing Schools Almanac Washington, D.C. Metro Area webpage.

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