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USF graduate nursing program in top 5 in Illinois, report says

3/17/2015, 11:51 p.m.
The University of St. Francis in Joliet received the ranking in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate ...
The University of St. Francis' graduate nursing program is in the top 5 in Illinois, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's ranking of graduate programs. Courtesy of University of St. Francis

The University of St. Francis provided this news release:

The University of St. Francis (USF) is one of only five Illinois universities to have its graduate-level nursing program ranked in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

“USF’s Cecily & John Leach College of Nursing (LCON) has educated three generations of nurses known for providing the highest levels of patient care and professional ethics,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson.

“We’re very pleased that our nursing students, faculty, and alumni have been recognized for their hard work and outstanding performance in coursework and throughout the health care industry.”

“Nursing is a very dynamic profession with nurses at the forefront of quality health care and are often the first and last health care provider a patient will see. Nurses make the difference in quality of life for patients of all ages and we believe it is crucial that our nurses possess the highest level of skills and compassion,” said LCON Dean Carol Wilson, who added that USF’s pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) was 93 percent for 2014, considerably higher than the state and national pass rates.

The ranking is based on quality, student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources and research activity. The complete ranking of U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools can be found at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/store/grad_school_compass

Programs at 503 nursing schools with master’s or doctoral programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing were eligible to be ranked.