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US News lists top medical, graduate nursing schools

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By John Commins

U.S. News & World Report has released its widely read listings of the nation's top medical and graduate nursing schools for 2019.

The124 medical schools that supplied metrics to the magazine were divided into top research schools, and top primary care schools. The methodology can be viewed here.

The Best Medical Schools: Research are:

  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.
  • A tie between New York University (Langone), New York City, and Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. 
  • University of California, San Francisco

The Best Medical Schools: Primary Care are:

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Geffen)
  • A tie between Baylor College of Medicine, Waco, TX; and Oregon Science and Health University, Portland.

Graduate nursing programs at 314 universities were surveyed and ranked separately for master’s programs and doctoral programs. The methodology can be viewed here.

The Top 5 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s are:


  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Emory University, Atlanta GA
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • University of Washington, Seattle

The Top 5 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice are:

  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Washington
  • Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • A three-way tie between: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH; Emory University; and the University of Pittsburgh.