Wake Forest School of Medicine Ranked No. 9 Best Nursing School in NC

April 16, 2021

The Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Academic Nursing has been ranked the No. 9 nursing school in North Carolina. The rankings are the result of a nationwide evaluation of data collected by Nursing Schools Almanac.

The School of Medicine has doctoral degree options in nurse anesthesia and nursing leadership. The school has provided nursing education since the 1920s, with the nurse anesthesia program in continuous operation since 1942. The nurse anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The curriculum follows one year of full-time distance learning with two years of onsite education, including frequent clinical instruction. The nursing leadership DNP is open to any registered nurse with a master’s degree, even if it is not in nursing. This fully online program includes health law elective credits taken within the Wake Forest University School of Law. 

The Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,000 institutions, and only 20% made their list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region. Factors considered for the rankings included the institution’s: 

  • Academic prestige and perceived value 
  • Breadth and depth of nursing programs offered 
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination Schools Almanac weighted the individual scores into one overall score and ranked the schools accordingly 

Nursing Schools Almanac then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly.