U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNM College of Nursing Graduate Program 70th among nursing schools in the U.S. The ranking is part of the magazine's 2002 "Best Graduate Schools" issue, which hit newsstands this week.

"There are 671 nursing schools in the country with baccalaureate and higher degrees and we were ranked 70th that means we were are in the top ten percent," said Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. "This ranking indicates the respect that national leaders have for our outstanding programs."

The schools were ranked based on the results of a reputational survey sent to deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs. Respondents were asked to evaluate the academic quality of the program based on their own assessment of the quality of the program's curriculum, faculty and graduates.

The CON was established in 1955 and offers a bachelor's degree program to new students and registered nurses. The graduate programs prepare nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nursing administrators, child health, adult health and community health clinicians. Currently, 490 students are enrolled in UNM nursing programs.
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