April 25, 2023
The 2023-’24 US News Best Graduate Programs ranked Ursuline College’s Master of Science in Nursing as 34th in the nation, tied with Boston College and Wayne State University, up from 58th in the previous year.
“Despite emerging from a global pandemic,” notes Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Dean of Ursuline College’s Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions, “our faculty and staff have offered outstanding high-tech and high-touch learning experiences for our graduate students. Their hard work and dedication are reflected in these numbers.”
“Under Dr. Sharpnack’s leadership, the College has been able to build on the Breen School’s 75 years of producing nurse leaders to meet Northeast Ohio’s need for advance practice care providers,” states Ursuline College President Sr. Christine De Vinne, OSU, PhD.
In 2021, Ursuline was named a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education—an organization Dr. Sharpnack will lead this fall as its president.
In the past year, the College has expanded its health care offering to include a physician assistant program, a bachelor’s degree completion program for respiratory therapists, and a bachelor’s in nutrition while also adding a new part-time option for its second degree in nursing program for career changers.
Just last week, the College announced the launch of a new nurse anesthesia specialty within its doctor of nursing practice. The program begins in January 2024, pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
“With National Nurses Week just around corner in May, we have a lot to celebrate,” smiles Dr. Sharpnack.