Thursday, January 21, 2016
The University of Cincinnati now boasts one of the best online graduate nursing programs in the nation.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UC’s program eighth in its 2016 Best Online Graduated Nursing Programs ranking.
The program made a huge leap in just one year. In 2015, it came in at No. 61.
The rankings included 149 online graduate nursing education programs in the U.S. at public, private and for-profit institutions. Results included graduation rates, required time to graduate, retention rates and peer-to-peer evaluation.
“I had no idea that UC had a good online nursing program until the beginning of this year when I switched majors, but I think its great because the professors are really passionate and they want you to succeed,” said Juana Gonzales, a first-year nursing student.
“It completely deserves its rating. The program challenges students to know their stuff before proceeding in order for the best health care in the future,” she said.
In 2005, UC started offering one of the first online graduate programs for a nursing school, which now has an enrollment of over 1,200 students.
UC offers a range of online programs for students, including an online certificate in nursing education, a Ph.D. program and a post-masters certificate, as well as courses for non-nursing majors, according to the university’s website.
To become eligible for the graduate nursing program, students must have a bachelor of science in nursing from a qualified institution. Students who are already involved with separate nursing programs at UC are also eligible to apply.
Within the university’s program, students have the option for a flexible schedule, as well as a complete certificate within one academic year. This certificate gives the necessary skills for a proper development of aspects in educational nursing.
“The college focuses on innovation, and that innovation transforming healthcare overall — we are an Apple Distinguished program, and are currently undergoing CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) Accreditation review,” said Anissa DeLorenzo, a third-year nursing student.
“We focus on learning in different ways, and when one direction doesn’t work, we go another,” she said.