Education / US News and World Report has ranked the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) program among the top 100 best nursing schools in the country. This is the first time in four years that U.S. News has ranked graduate nursing programs, says one of its editors, Brian Kelly, who believes that the rankings guide is especially relevant in our changing economy. “Based on federal government forecasts, the demand for jobs in the healthcare industry is expected to grow in the coming decade,” he says. “The new and updated Best Nursing Schools rankings guide will serve as an essential resource for anyone considering professional development in this arena.”

UH-Manoa’s nursing program tied for 99th place along with 27 other programs (who also scored 3.3 out of 5), moving up from its previous position of 200th place. Assessment and rankings for master’s degree programs in nursing were based on peer surveys of deans, administrators and/or faculty of the degree programs.