March 19, 2015 at 12:15pm

School of Nursing Graduate Program

Millikin University's School of Nursing (SON) graduate program is ranked among the Best Nursing Schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."
For the newly expanded U.S. News Best Nursing Schools rankings, 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 surveyed. Of those, 273 responded, and 246 were eligible to be included in the U.S. News rankings of master's programs.
"In 2011, Millikin's School of Nursing graduate program was ranked #193 and this year, Millikin is ranked #165. Given the graduate program's short existence, this is an incredible accomplishment," said Dr. Pamela Lindsey, director of Millikin's School of Nursing. "The administration and faculty who envisioned the SON graduate program just 10 years ago are to be commended, as well as the ongoing accomplishments of faculty for creating exciting and innovative programs at both the master's and doctoral level. This national recognition acknowledges the achievements and future successes of our students and alumni."
The U.S. News rankings of master's programs are based on a weighted average of several indicators including quality assessment, student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources and research activity. Data was collected in fall 2014 and early 2015.
"National recognition from a well-known publication like U.S. News & World Report for Millikin's graduate program in nursing is exciting, but confirms what we already know: Millikin University prepares students extraordinarily well for personal and professional success," said Dr. Jeffery Aper, Millikin provost. "Millikin's nursing faculty is an extraordinarily capable, hard-working and effective community of scholars, teachers and devoted practitioners of the art and science of nursing."
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 edition of "Best Graduate Schools" is available online at and on newsstands Tuesday, April 7.
Millikin University's nursing undergraduate and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students entering the School of Nursing may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Millikin's School of Nursing prepares graduates to practice evidenced-based care within an ethically-grounded framework, to engage in life-long learning, and to become leaders in the nursing profession. For more information on Millikin University's School of Nursing, visit academics/cps/nursing.
Dr. Aper added, "We are immensely proud of Millikin's nursing faculty and of their students, who make the most of the opportunities for learning and growth their professors provide. In the end, it's our students and their many successes that are ultimately our greatest claim to distinction."
Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "Performance Learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 99 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at