Recognizes Best Schools for Online RN-to-MSN Degrees in 2017

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Top 50 College Programs for Registered Nurses Earning a Master of Science in Nursing Online

Leading higher education information and resource provider has announced its list of the best schools with online Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-to-MSN) in the U.S. for 2017. The ranking names the top 50 colleges and universities for registered nurses who wish to earn their MSN online based on an in-depth cost and quality comparison. The top five scores were awarded to Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health, Concordia University Wisconsin, Clarkson College, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and Northern Arizona University.

"Nursing is an in-demand career with strong job security and mobility,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list have demonstrated their value by offering affordable, online nursing programs that meet the needs of students who need to flexibility to complete an advanced degree program.”

To qualify for a spot on’s rankings, schools to meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid and graduation rates by school, as well as their NCLEX-PN pass rate. enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year to qualify for ranking. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list.

For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit:

Top 50 Online RN-to-MSN Programs in the U.S. for 2017:

Allen College
American International College
Ball State University
Barry University
Brenau University
Clarkson College
Concordia University-Texas
Concordia University-Wisconsin
DeSales University
East Tennessee State University
Florida International University
Gannon University
Gardner-Webb University
Jacksonville University
Lewis University
Lynchburg College
Midwestern State University
Missouri State University-Springfield
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
Northern Arizona University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Otterbein University
Regis University
Robert Morris University
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Xavier University
Samford University
Simmons College
Spring Hill College
Texas Woman's University
The Sage Colleges
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Central Arkansas
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Memphis
University of North Alabama
University of South Alabama
University of Southern Indiana
University of the Incarnate Word
Valparaiso University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington State University
Wesley College
West Virginia University
Western Kentucky University
Wichita State University
Winona State University

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