CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia has earned national recognition for its School of Medicine and School of Nursing programs.

Both schools earned top rankings in the U.S. News and World Report's 2022-23 Best Graduate Schools guide. 

These rankings are based on peer assessments, research funding, and faculty resources.

The School of Medicine was ranked number one in Virginia for both medical research and primary care. On a national level, it ranked 30th in medical research and 35th in primary care.

"This recognition from U.S. News and World Report just validates all the hard work that everyone is doing to get through this pandemic, and still deliver amazing care to our patients, while at the same time, conducting innovative groundbreaking research, and of course training the next generation of physicians and scientists," UVA Dean of School of Medicine Melina Kibbe said.

UVA's School of Nursing was also titled the state's top-ranked nursing school. It ranked 15th in doctor of nursing practices, 13th in its master's degree programs, and tenth in family nurse practitioner programs in the nation.

"Coming up in the rankings is validation of the excellence of our programs and the hard work of our faculty and students," UVA Dean of School of Nursing Pamela Cipriano said.

Cipriano says this recognition comes at a time of a national nursing shortage.

She says the school is always looking for more students to enroll in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Cipriano says there has been a steady increase in the undergrad programs since the COVID -19 pandemic began.

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