Posted on: January 8, 2015
U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College 21st out of 133 eligible institutions in the nation in the category of 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.
This is the fourth year U.S. News released a Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list and the fourth time Clarkson College achieved a high-ranking status in that sector, this time earning a total of 84 out of 100 possible points. The rankings recognize the best online graduate nursing programs based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.
“We are honored to be ranked again this year among such renowned colleges and universities throughout the country,” said Dr. Pat Coyle-Rogers, Director of Graduate Nursing at Clarkson College. “This achievement is a direct reflection of our high standards, experienced faculty and superb administrative support.”
The Clarkson College Graduate Nursing program began offering distance-learning courses in 1998. The master’s degree program offers specialties areas in family nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing health care administration, and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Post-MSN certificate program are also available online. The curricula for each program prepare registered nurses to promote, maintain, supervise and restore health; identify health risks; and assess, diagnose and manage patients. Students are prepared to function as nurse educators, leaders, consultants, advocates and advanced practitioners.
To compile the rankings for the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, U.S. News sent questionnaires to 492 institutions accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Respondents were asked to identify whether they would be offering a master’s in nursing degree through Internet-based distance education courses in academic year 2014–15. Between the start of data collection in July 2014 and the September 2014 closing date, 133 schools, or 27 percent of the schools surveyed, said they would be offering online nursing master's degree programs. This count is up from 130 schools the previous year.
Nebraska Methodist College, the other college in Nebraska to make the 2015 U.S. News Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list, ranked 41st. To view the complete list of this year’s rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.