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Counseling, Nursing Programs Rank High in Survey

Programs in nursing and counseling at UNCG rank among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News lists UNCG’s counselor education program, housed in the School of Education, fourth among similar programs. UNCG’s nurse anesthetist program, a cooperative program with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, ranks seventh. UNCG’s gerontologcal nurse practitioner track ranks 10th, alongside Duke University.

Rankings data came from surveys of administrators at more than 1,200 programs and some 13,000 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2010 and early 2011.

“The Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG is strong due to the extremely high quality training programs we offer, the very talented faculty members – who are recognized leaders in the field – and the top students we attract from around the world,” said Dr. J. Scott Young, department chairman. “This results in the department producing high levels of research, cutting edge training modalities and graduates who are in high demand in the profession.”

The department admits 32-35 master’s students and eight-10 doctoral students per year. The department offers master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Tracks offered within the degrees include school counseling, college counseling and student development, couple and family counseling, and counselor education and supervision.

Specialty ratings in education schools were based solely on nominations by education school deans and education school deans of graduate studies from schools surveyed. They selected up to 10 top programs in each area.

“The UNCG School of Nursing is recognized for its strong academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg, director of graduate study for the nursing school. “Our accomplishments in teaching, research and service are exemplified through our designation as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, National Institutes of Health funding, and leadership in professional nursing organizations. The high rankings for our school in U.S. News and World Report reflect the perceptions of our nursing colleagues across the country.”

Currently, 116 students are enrolled in the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration leading to the MSN degree. Another 78 students are enrolled in the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration leading to the MSN degree. The School of Nursing has a total enrollment of 1,321.

Nursing specialty programs were ranked solely on input from educators at peer nursing institutions, who nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area; schools with the most votes are listed.

U.S. News ranks both the UNCG School of Education and the UNCG School of Nursing among the top 100 schools of their type.