I'm considering graduate programs in North Carolina and Maryland areas to continue my nursing education as a post-master's FNP and possibly go on for a PhD to explore teaching and research. I'm interested in the reputations of programs that rank high on U.S. News & World Report including UNC Chapel Hill (and Greensboro), UMD Baltimore, JHU, Duke, and Vanderbilt. While I'm leaning toward UNC Chapel Hill, I've read posts about the program's reputation being such that some hospitals are not interested in working with its NP students. Are there other schools
with grad programs to consider in these areas that didn't make the U.S. News cut but have a great reputation and are respected as producing quality advanced practice nurses?