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Master of Science in Nursing ranks seventh in nation for affordable excellence

Lamar University’s online master of science in nursing administration degree was ranked No. 7 out of the nation’s Top 30 most affordable programs for an online master of science in nursing (MSN) in nursing leadership, nursing management, or nursing administration by bestmastersdegrees.com.

“This is a program of study that Lamar can be proud of. We’re reaching students all over the world with outstanding, dedicated faculty,” said Cindy Stinson, chair and associate professor of the School of Nursing.

LU’s MSN in nursing administration outranked programs from schools accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and ranked by publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report.

“We work continually to ensure that our programs provide outstanding education and preparation for graduates to succeed in the nursing field. We've been able to keep it affordable and accessible so that even nurses with busy careers can earn a degree online,” Stinson said.

The university’s MSN in nursing administration, accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), focuses on patient outcomes and evidence-based care models. The degree is offered online to allow current nurses to develop their education while maintaining their work roles.

Students who complete the program will gain expertise in strategic management and resource management and learn effective strategies for improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of care delivery.

Lamar University’s JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing recently advanced from department to school status to better reflect its additions and development over time that have elevated its performance.

The School of Nursing maintains a high retention rate of above 70 percent and one of the highest pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination — well above the national average. Between face-to-face and online programs, the school teaches nearly 800 students.

The university’s master of nursing online program has been ranked 19th in the nation for excellence by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report, surpassing national universities like Johns Hopkins University, Yale University and Duke University.