College Choice has published a ranking of the 50 Best Online RN to BSN Degrees for 2017.
In the past, an RN certification was often sufficient for a career in nursing, but increasingly—because of demographic realities like an aging population as well as the changing role of nurses themselves—employers are looking for a BSN as a minimum requirement for employment. So for those RNs looking to upgrade their skills and their resume by getting a BSN, an online degree that allows significant flexibility with time might be the best option.
"Soon, a BSN will be the standard for all nurses who desire job security and opportunities for career advancement," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "For busy nurses, who often balance unconventional work schedules along with regular responsibilities, an online program could be a perfect fit."
College Choice developed its list first by looking for regional accreditation of the institution along with further nursing-specific accreditation from either the ACEN or the CCNE. Then, it used data on institutional excellence as well as return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.
The ranking for the 50 Best Online RN to BSN Degrees for 2017 finds The Ohio State University in the top spot. University of Arkansas is in second, and West Texas A&M University rounds out the top three.
The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Arizona State University
Ball State University
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Delta State University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida International University
Fort Hays State University
George Washington University
Georgia College and State University
La Salle University
Loyola University Chicago
Michigan State University
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Northwestern State University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University World Campus
Saint Xavier University
South Dakota State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Arkansas University
St Petersburg College
SUNY College of Technology - Delhi
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado - Denver
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts
University of Missouri
University of North Georgia
University of South Carolina
University of South Dakota
University of St. Francis - Fort Wayne
University of St. Mary
University of Texas at Tyler
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wyoming
Upper Iowa University
West Texas A&M
Western Carolina University
Western Governors University
Western Illinois University
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.
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