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ECU’s online nursing graduate programs rank among best for veterans

East Carolina University’s graduate programs in nursing rank among the nation’s best in online education for veterans, according to a 2014 listing by U.S. News & World Report.

The ECU College of Nursing in Greenville, N.C., ranked second in the country for programs that offer master’s degrees in nursing. The college offers seven online options in the graduate program: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery.

Online coursework is augmented by periodic campus visits for hands-on training and education that is overseen by experienced faculty and community-based preceptors close to the students’ home, according to a news release.

“Our online graduate programs offer the flexibility that veterans and active-duty service members need,” Sylvia Brown, EdD, RN, CNE, professor and dean, College of Nursing, said in the release. “We’re proud that this flexibility gives those who have served our country access to a first-class nursing education.”

For the second year, U.S. News ranked bachelor’s programs and online master’s programs in business, computer information technology, education, engineering and nursing to help veterans and service members identify high-quality online degree programs to pursue college or advanced degrees under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“Veterans and active-duty service members face unique challenges as students, from transitioning between bases and grappling with deployment to balancing work and family life upon return,” Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News, said in the release, noting the programs’ flexibility.

ECU, geographically, sits in the center of the third most concentrated military corridor in the country. North Carolina’s Craven, Cumberland, Onslow and Wayne counties are home to six major military installations – the biggest are Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune – with approximately 125,000 veterans living in the four counties or a neighboring county, according to the release.

To be ranked by U.S. News, an online degree program had to report participation in four key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service, such as the GI Bill and membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium. The programs also had to be included in the U.S. News 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released earlier this year. Those programs were measured on criteria including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation, according to U.S. News.

The complete listing can be viewed at

By | 2014-09-26T00:00:00-04:00 September 26th, 2014|Categories: National|0 Comments

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