YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s online bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion program has been named one of the nation’s 50 best online nursing programs in terms of value.
Eastern’s BSN program is designed for students who are already registered nurses with a diploma or associates degree, and who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
EMU, which ranked 49th, was the only Michigan school and one of only four Mid-American schools selected by Value Colleges, which released its Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs for 2015 rankings on June 8.
Value Colleges is an online website that offers answers to commonly asked questions about value and affordability, and numerical rankings of institutions and degree programs to help college-bound students choose financially responsible paths.
In addition to EMU, MAC schools that placed were Ohio University (5th), Kent State University (39th) and Bowling Green University (46th). Drexel University in Philadelphia was ranked first overall. Other ranked universities included Ohio State University, Penn State and University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Schools were evaluated on their 20-year return on investment, per-credit hour tuition rate and its national ranking, according to Carrie Sealey-Morris, editor of Value Colleges.
The judges only reviewed programs accredited by one of two recognized accrediting bodies – the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)-accredited online nursing programs in the U.S.
Accredited programs have met specific standards of excellence. Eastern’s completion program is accredited by the CCNE.
“We realize that making the transition from a registered nurse license or an associates degree to the bachelor’s degree in nursing can be challenging, but this is a critical step in career development,” Sealey-Morris said.
“Many prospective students are concerned about the value their degree will have on the job market. Our site guides students to the most trustworthy programs with the lowest student debt and highest returns with our fully-researched rankings.”
"We are very proud of our BSN completion program whether online or at one of our various locations,” Michael Williams, EMU’s director of the School of Nursing, said. “The faculty has taken deliberate measures to assure the content is up-to-date and relevant to the student and to the profession of nursing into the future. We are continuously revising and updating the courses and our online delivery for optimal student outcomes."
For more information or to apply, visit the EMU Online RN to BSN Program website.