Best Online Colleges Announces 2014’s Best Online Nursing Programs

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Best Online Colleges, the premier website for rankings of the top online programs and online schools, has released its annual rankings of the Best Online Nursing Programs.

News Image is a pioneer in online educational resources for students. A remarkable shift has occurred in America’s higher education system over the last few years. While online education was once considered a niche industry, top colleges and universities are now offering online course options as a part of their curricula. This trend has coincided with the evolution of the student profile: tech-savvy, profoundly skilled at multi-tasking, and looking to combine an education with a meaningful life experience. By combining educational data with surveys and academic resources, we evaluate and rank the best places in the U.S. for online degree programs of all subjects.

Over the years the nursing field has expanded to include opportunities such as, but not limited to, ‎Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Anesthetist, Pediatric Nurse, and Nurse Practitioner. As our understanding of science and technology progresses, this will only continue to give rise to more specializations within the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an average of over 19% employment growth industry wide in the next decade.

The increase in demand has pushed nursing programs to expand student capacity despite faculty and resource shortfalls. According the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased by 2.6% from 2012 to 2013. Currently, 646 RN-to-Baccalaureate and 168 RN-to-Master's Degree programs are available nationwide, with many programs offered completely online.

For this reason, has compiled and analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in order to create a thorough list of the 2014 Best Online Nursing Programs. The list integrates detailed insight into the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of each program in addition to special consideration into the breadth its specializations. There are 60 schools on this year’s list.

The list of the “Best Online Nursing Programs” can be found at The schools featured are as follows:

Alcorn State University
Allen College
Anna Maria College
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing
Boise State University
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Career Networks Institute
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Missouri
Eastern Illinois University
Edison State College
Georgetown University
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Idaho State University
Illinois State University
Indiana University-Kokomo
Jacksonville University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
La Roche College
Lamar State College-Orange
Lincoln University
Maryville University of Saint Louis
MCPHS University
Medical University of South Carolina
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Ohio
Methodist College
Midland University
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
Research College of Nursing
Ridgewater College
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Saint John Fisher College
Samuel Merritt University
Sentara College of Health Sciences
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Spring Hill College
Stanbridge College
Stony Brook University
Tabor College
Texas Christian University
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Unitek College
University of Akron Main Campus
University of Antelope Valley
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
University of Colorado
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of San Francisco
University of Sioux Falls
University of South Carolina-Aiken
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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