US News- 2004 Best Graduate Schools

  1. For those "shopping" around for Anesthesia Schools, I understand US News and World Report is about to release their long awaited rankings--among many categories, it will include the nation's best Nursing Anesthesia schools. Should be out in magazines next week.

    For G8rlimey--you're gonna like who ranked Numero Uno!!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   New CCU RN
    I saw that....and was very excited to see that my number one choice for CRNA school... was also number one...

    I was also quite happy to see that CRNA and other advanced practice nursing degree programs were ranked... often times they are left out and it was great to see them be acknowledged.
  4. by   alansmith52
    does anyone have the complete list
  5. by   N2bate
    As you requested Alan.....Picked up a copy of the magazine today. Here are the rankings fresh from US News and World Report--2004 Edition "America's Best Graduate Schools" (page43):


    1) Virginia Commonwealth University

    2) US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

    3) Navy Nurse Corps

    (tie) Rush University

    5. Albany Medical College

    6. Duke University

    (tie) Oakland University
    (tie) University of Pittsburgh
    (tie) University of Texas Health Science Center

    10. Baylor College of Medicine

    (tie) Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Case Reserve Western
    (tie) Georgetown University
    (tie) Kaiser Permanente Sch of Anes/Cal St University Fullerton
    (tie) Samuel Merritt College
    (tie) University of Buffalo
    (tie) University of Cincinnati
    (tie) Wake Forest/University of NC-Greensboro
  6. by   g8rlimey
    Thanks for sharing, and it does please me to see that. Will be out to get my own copy tomorrow!!
  7. by   ASU_Sdvls
    How did US News and World Report compile their list? It seems that most of these schools have an affiliation with a medical school, i.e. VCU, Pitt, Albany Medical College, Duke, and Baylor. I am just wondering whether there are competitions for cases between medical school students and SRNAs at these places.
  8. by   smiling_ru
    The rank was determined by responses to a survey. The following is from their website.

    Health Methodology


    The health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. All schools surveyed in a discipline were sent the same number of surveys. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a 5-point scale: outstanding (5 points); strong (4); good (3); adequate (2); or marginal (1), based on their assessment of the curriculum, faculty, and graduates. They were instructed to select "don't know" if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program. Scores for each school were determined by computing a trimmed mean of the ratings of all respondents who rated that school; scores were then sorted in descending order. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.

    In the fall of 2002, surveys were conducted for 2003 rankings of community health programs and schools of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (response rates: 67 percent and 68 percent, respectively); health services administration programs accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (61 percent); master's programs in nursing accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (48 percent); graduate nurse anesthesia programs accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (54 percent); graduate nurse-midwifery programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accreditation (71 percent); physician assistant programs accredited by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (70 percent); rehabilitation counselor education programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (59 percent); and veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (67 percent). Nursing specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by educators at peer schools. From the list of nursing schools surveyed, nursing educators nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area. Those with the most votes appear here.
  9. by   dreamer616
    Hello. I'm still seeking my BSN but have begun researching Nursing Anesthesia schools in Michigan. I'm seriously thinking of applying to the University of Michigan-Flint when the time comes, and would like to know if anyone has had any experience with the aforementioned (or knows of anyone who has). Thanks!
  10. by   SambvcaSim
    ~~~~I am excited to have my school on the top 10 list, again, this year. ~~~~~ Go UT-Houston!!! Congrats to all the schools on the list

    Simba
  11. by   ASU_Sdvls
    Based on the methodology used by US News and World Report, it appears that only 54% of deans, administrators, and faculty responded to the survey. Not that the schools cited by US News and World Report aren't any good but I believe that this survey is a little flawed considering that only about half of those who were asked to rate the CRNA programs responded.
  12. by   N2bate
    It probably goes without saying that every survey's has some degree of flaw/error. But the bottomline is that News and World report rankings of schools and colleges carries weight among educators and students alike. If your school (or potential school) didn't make it then it doesn't mean it's not a good program, it just means you can't put any reference to your program being ranked among the best in the nation---whether that's bad or good depends on you. I know how I feel about where my school ranked!!
  13. by   CRNA, DNSc
    To dreamer 616- the University of Michigan-Flint program director's email address is lynnlebeck@hurleymc.com. Contact her -I'm sure she will be more that happy to respond to your questions. They also have a prospective student guide that can be downloaded from the UMFlint website under graduate programs.
  14. by   g8rlimey
    To add to N2bate's comment, it doesn't matter where your school ended up, pretty much all schools offer an education that will help you to become a competent professional. Had more schools responded, I am sure the rankings would be different, but my school has ranked in the top 5 for the past 2 cycles of USNWR and that makes me very happy. Happy in the fact that I did not have to pick a prestigious school to be recognized I will recieve a quality education.

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