OHSU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Nursing Receive High Marks

04/21/00    Portland, Ore.

Each of OHSU's three schools rank in the top 2 percent nationally.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing's master's program ranks in the top 2 percent of approximately 350 such programs in the United States. The school's program has earned the top ranking each year since the news magazine first began its surveys 11 years ago. This year the program tied with the University of Illinois-Chicago and Case Western Reserve University for seventh place. In addition, all seven of its master's specialty areas scored in the top 10.

In the categories of nurse practitioner gerontological/geriatrics and nurse practitioner pediatrics, the school moved from sixth to fifth place. In the categories of nurse practitioner family and adult nursing, the school ranked fifth and sixth respectively. In the category of clinical nurse specialist adult/medical surgical, the school ranked sixth. For clinical nurse specialist psychiatric/mental health and clinical nurse specialist community public health, the school tied for the 10th ranking.

The National Institutes of Health ranks OHSU's School of Nursing 10th nationally for NIH research funding. The school's ranking has moved up during the last four years from 21 to 10.

The School of Medicine is ranked in the top 2 percent of American medical schools for its primary care education program, making this its fifth consecutive year. The current report ranks OHSU's School of Medicine third out of 144 schools.

The overall ranking of medical schools emphasizes research activity. The OHSU's School of Medicine's research grants have tripled in the past five years, placing it in the top third of America's medical schools.

As a provider of family medicine education, the School of Medicine ranked fourth for the fifth consecutive year. In the specialty of rural medicine, the school ranked 11th. The master's of public health program - a new joint program of OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University, tied with Tufts University for eighth place.

U.S. News & World Report does not rank dental schools. By other standards, the OHSU School of Dentistry is ranked in the top 2 percent nationally. Of the 55 U.S. dental schools, OHSU's was the only one last year to have a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Western Regional Examination Board's clinical licensing exam for dental students. In keeping with the school's excellent national reputation for producing stellar clinicians, OHSU's dental program consistently attracts applicants whose college grade-point average is 3.5 and above - the fourth highest among all U.S. dental schools. This year, of the five national Warner Lambert Preventive Dentistry Awards, two went to OHSU dental students.