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U.S. News & World Report ranks LU online nursing third in nation

The master of nursing online program in the Lamar University JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing has been ranked third in the nation for excellence in faculty credentials and training by U.S. News & World Report.  The rankings were made public recently in the magazine’s 2012 edition of Top Online Education Programs.

"The ranking demonstrates to current and prospective students that our nursing faculty members have excellent preparation in online teaching and learning,” said Eileen Curl, chair and professor in the nursing department.  “The ranking exemplifies the quality of education provided by the faculty from their expertise in graduate nursing courses emphasizing nursing education and nursing administration."

Online nursing programs nationwide were ranked in four categories including faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, admissions selectivity and student services.  Criteria for inclusion in the rankings were restricted to programs that offer a minimum 80 percent of the program requirements online.  Lamar’s nursing program offers 100 percent of its course requirements online.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated 87 online nursing programs on factors including class size, percentage of faculty with terminal degrees, best practices training and student services.  Overall, Lamar’s online master’s program in nursing ranked higher than several Texas universities including Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, University of Texas Medical Brach and Texas Christian University.   Johns Hopkins University, Yale, Arizona State University and the University of Florida were a few leading schools that fell behind Lamar in the national rankings.

The master’s degree in nursing program is one of several online programs available though Lamar University.  The strategic goal for the university is to expand and enhance its online offerings while maintaining a vibrant and engaging campus community.