The UNLV School of Nursing earned a spot among the countrys top 10 online graduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report magazines 2015 best-of survey.
The schools MSN program tied for sixth out of 133 surveyed programs that offer full online curricula, according to a news release. Medical University of South Carolina ranked No. 1 in the annual best online graduate nursing programs survey, which measured five areas of assessment. UNLV tied for the rank of sixth with Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the Ohio State University in Columbus.
U.S. News ranked online nursing programs in student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity. Surveys were sent to all schools offering masters programs online to gather data for the assessment.
In addition to ranking sixth overall, UNLV ranked in the top 20 in three categories: sixth in student services and technology, 11th in admissions selectivity and 17th in student engagement.
No other online nursing program in the West region ranked in the top 25. The University of Arizona in Tucson ranked 36th, including 25th in student services and technology and 27th in faculty credentials and training, according to the U.S. News website. Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., tied for 44th, and had two top 20 categories. The school ranked fifth in student engagement and 15th in faculty credentials and training.
The UNLV school of nursing has appeared among the lists top 20 programs every year since U.S. News began the ranking in 2012, according to the release.
This recognition belongs to our faculty and staff, especially Dr. Tish Smyer, [DNSc, RN] the associate dean for academics, and our masters program coordinator, Carolyn Yucha, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, said in the release. Their interaction with our students and dedication to the program continually enhances the curriculum and overall experience.
The schools masters program offers three tracks family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and nurse educator that prepare advanced clinicians and educators in nursing to serve the health needs of the community and educate future nursing care providers.
The UNLV School of Nursing, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, offers all of its graduate-level courses online, including a DNP degree and a PhD in nursing.