After a year that saw increased clinical placements and new programs, the momentum continues for the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Today, U.S. News & World Report released its list of Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and ranked the BSN program at the MGH Institute #51, its highest ranking to date. 

Up from #58 in 2021, the IHP’s baccalaureate nursing program is tied as the second highest ranking nursing program in both Massachusetts and New England.

“We have worked really hard to show the incredible work that our students, faculty, and alumni are doing in the classroom, through their research, and in clinical settings,” said Dr. Kenneth R. White, dean of the School of Nursing and president of the American Academy of Nursing. “The U.S. News recognition affirms our programs’ commitment to being an institution that prepares exceptional nurses of the future.” 

White cited the Institute’s 149-year history of nursing education, academic and practice partnerships with Mass General Brigham, and institutional commitment to faculty and student scholarship as key components of the degree’s climb in the national rankings.

“When you look at the rigor of our program, the clinical placements resulting from it, and our outstanding faculty, this ranking confirms what we’ve known for a while now,” said White. “Our graduates are among the best, and our program continues to have an upward trajectory.” 

In the past year, the School of Nursing added two new master’s programs in nursing programs - Leadership in Nursing Administration and Leadership in Nursing Education, and a part-time Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing to help fill the nursing shortage.

“Not only do our graduates provide top-tier patient care,” said Dr. Rebecca Hill, associate dean of  prelicensure programs, “but they do so at nationally and internationally ranked healthcare facilities within and outside of the Mass General Brigham system.” 

The MGH Institute is the graduate school for Mass General Brigham, New England’s largest healthcare system.

In March, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked as the top program in Boston.  Nationally, it moved up two slots to 67th, while the Master of Science in Nursing program was ranked third in Massachusetts, and jumped eight spots nationally, to 61st. 

Additionally, three programs in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences remain highly ranked according to the 2021 list, the last time U.S. News & World Report published its results: 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy is #1 in New England, and ninth nationally  
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is #1 in New England, and tied for 10th nationally
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy is #3 in Massachusetts, and 23rd nationally 

The publication traditionally reviews non-nursing programs every three years.