SUNY Downstate College of Nursing Programs Earn Top Rankings

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jan 28, 2020

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Nursing Schools Almanac ranks Downstate’s nursing education
as #15 in New York, #45 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

College of Nursing Master’s Program ranked #89 by U.S. News & 
top 10 percent by Nursing Schools Almanac 

Online Nurse Midwifery Program Ranked #2 by 
Nursing School Hub

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 29, 2020) - 
The College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University's has received national recognition for its baccalaureate, masters and nurse midwifery programs.

According to the Nursing Schools Almanac, Downstate’s College of Nursing ranks #15 in New York and #45 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Among the nation’s 552 nursing colleges with graduate programs, the College of Nursing ranks in the 90th percentile overall for its Master of Science in Nursing programs.

Similarly, the College of Nursing’s Master’s programs are ranked #89 by U.S. News and World Report.

Additionally, Downstate's Online Nurse Midwifery MS program, offered in collaboration with the SUNY Downstate School of Health Professions, ranked #2 among the top 25 Online Nurse Midwifery Programs in the country for 2020, according to Nursing School Hub.  Downstate’s hybrid program offers both online and traditional onsite instruction. 

“We offer an unmatched educational experience embedded in a world-class academic medical center serving one of the most diverse communities in the country,” said Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing. “These rankings underscore the quality and value our students receive in choosing SUNY Downstate for their nursing education, whether at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral level.”

The College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University offers the full spectrum of nursing education including:

  • A fully online RN to BS degree programs for registered nurses
  • A 15-month accelerated BS program for students seeking a second degree
  • Master of Science in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Family Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery with the School of Health Professions
  • Post-Graduate Certificates in Women's Health, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

More than 400 students are enrolled in the College of Nursing, including more than 100 undergraduates and nearly 300 students seeking advanced degrees, a 10 percent increase over the previous year.



About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.