In its latest rankings of the Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report has recognized the College of Staten Island’s Master’s programs in Nursing and Social Work.

CSI Interim President Dr. Timothy Lynch stated that he was “pleased that these two outstanding graduate programs have once again received much-deserved recognition for excellence. This and our many other national accolades underscore the quality of an education from the College of Staten Island.”

With its inclusion in the Top 100 Nursing Master’s programs in the nation, CSI was the only CUNY school to make the list.

The CSI Department of Nursing offers programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. The MS degree programs have two options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP). The Department also offers two Post-Master’s Advanced Certificates in Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. These certificates prepare nurses who have Master’s degrees in Nursing to meet the requirements for certification as Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialists or Primary Care Nurse Practitioners of New York State and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Department also offers programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs have two options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP).

The CSI Master’s in Social Work program also received mention as one of the best schools in the nation.

The College of Staten Island MSW program has a specialization in social work practice with people with disabilities (intellectual, physical, sensory, psychiatric, chronic health, and other impairments). It takes a critical disabilities perspective, which is grounded in social constructionism. The MSW program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the educational requirements needed to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam and licensure in New York State, upon graduation. In addition, the 12 credits of clinical content needed to pursue clinical licensure are included in the College’s Disability Studies: Clinical Practice Sequence. This means that, upon completion of appropriate clinical supervision (approximately three years after graduation) a graduate would be eligible to sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Work exam and licensure in New York without needing to take additional credit-bearing courses.

According to the publication, “Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in businesseducationengineeringlawmedicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

“The data for the rankings in all six disciplines came from statistical surveys of more than 2,125 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021. To gather the peer assessment data, U.S. News asked deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). In business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine, U.S. News also surveyed professionals who hire or work with new graduates. The schools supplied U.S. News with the names for those surveyed for peer assessment and the professionals in each field in summer 2020.”