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LU online nursing program ranked 19th in the nation

The master of nursing online program in the Lamar University JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing has been ranked 19th in the nation for excellence by U.S. News & World Report.  The rankings were made public recently in the magazine’s 2014 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 five categories including faculty credentials and training, student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.  U.S. News defines a distance education program as a program for which all the required coursework for program completion is able to be completed via distance education courses that incorporate Internet-based learning technologies. Distance education courses are courses that deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor.

Overall, Lamar’s online master’s program in nursing ranked higher than several Texas universities including Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Texas Christian University, Angelo State University and the University of Texas at Brownsville.   Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, Duke University, 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.  Lamar’s overall online bachelor’s degree programs received recognition as 65th in the nation ahead of schools including the University of Nebraska, Florida State University and Stephen F. Austin State University.  The innovative online graduate program in education was also ranked in the annual national survey as 55th in the nation.  Kansas State University, Mississippi State University and the University of North Texas fell behind Lamar’s program in those rankings.  The strategic goal for Lamar is to expand and enhance its online offerings while maintaining a vibrant and engaging campus community.