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LU’s School of Nursing ranks one of the best in the nation

Nursing Schools Almanac ranks Lamar University’s JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing one of the best Nursing Schools Almanac LogoU.S. nursing schools in its 2019 rankings published December 2019.

LU’s nursing school was ranked 47th best school in the Southwest region and 34th
best nursing school in Texas.

Lamar University’s School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as online tracks, RN-BSN and RN-MSN for registered nurses who are practicing but don’t have bachelor’s degrees. LU also has a Master of Science in Nursing online degree offering specialization in either nursing administration or nursing education. There is also a dual degree MSN/MBA option.

“When schools of nursing are ranked certain areas are evaluated for excellence,” said Cynthia Stinson, nursing department chair. “The Dishman School of  Nursing is nationally accredited and has received commendation for the last six years from the Texas Board of Nursing for its outstanding pass rates on the national qualifying exam; its state of the art simulation lab serves as a model for other schools; and our faculty have expertise in every area of nursing and have received numerous state and national awards.” 

Nursing Schools Almanac collects and compares data from 3,000 nursing schools nationwide and provides a comprehensive and analytical online resource for prospective nurse students to consider when selecting a nursing school. 

Institutions are ranked based on three critical dimensions: academic prestige and perceived value; breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; student success based on NCLEX licensure examination.

Approximately 50% of the ranking is based on prestige and value, which considers a graduate’s ability to repay their student debt in a timely manner; professional designations (e.g., National League for Nursing Center of Excellence); grant funding for nursing research from the National Institutes of Health; and the number of years in operation, particularly at the graduate nursing education level.

Additionally, the full range of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered by each school, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates, are part of the ranking equation. And lastly, overall student performance on required tests, is used to provide a standardized metric for assessing the quality of instruction across schools.

For more information about Lamar University’s nursing program, visit www.lamar.edu/arts-sciences/nursing/prospective-students/index.html or call 409.880.8817.