Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs of 2015

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Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education, released its Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs of 2015.

Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN list is a guide to the online colleges and universities that find the right balance between quality and price. These 50 schools represent the smartest investment for nurses who want to raise their status with an online BSN degree, especially licensed RNs looking for the higher salary and advancement the BSN provides.

The ranking was built using the following criteria:
-20-year ROI
-national rankings
-credit per hour tuition rate as reported by each individual college.

Drexel University tops the list, followed by Old Dominion University and the University of St. Francis, Joliet. Other schools making the ranking include (in alphabetical order):
Arizona State University
Ball State University
Boise State University
Bowling Green State University
Drexel University
East Carolina University
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Michigan University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
George Mason University
Illinois State University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis
Kent State University
McNeese State University
Northeastern University
Old Dominion University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University
South Dakota State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Texas A&M University
Texas Woman’s University
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Utah
University of St. Francis – Joliet
University of South Alabama
University of South Florida
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wyoming
Virginia Commonwealth University
West Virginia University
Wichita State University
Wright State University
Information was compiled from, U.S. News & World Report, and the schools’ own websites, for complete accuracy. For more detailed information on the list, visit

According to Value Colleges Editor, Carrie Sealey-Morris, “The American Nurses Association strongly recommends the BSN as a minimum requirement, and more and more health care facilities are moving to require or highly prefer a BSN for hire. That means that soon, probably within this generation, the BSN will be a necessity, not an option.” For working RNs, that means the best option for career advancement, or even keeping a career, is the BSN. “Most online BSNs are ‘bridge’ programs,” Sealey-Morris explains, “meaning they close the gap between the RN and a full bachelor of science degree.” Most programs will give credit for work experience and prior education, and many will allow students to fulfill their clinical practice wherever they are currently working for extra convenience.

Value Colleges is an independent, online resource with one mission: to help prospective students find the best educational value in their chosen field. At Value Colleges, future students can find rankings for the top investments in online and residential college degrees, advice on making the best decisions about finances when in college, and explanations of commonly misunderstood aspects of college costs.