Online education and career information website SuperScholar published its first annual “Smart Choice” rankings of the top 25 schools for online nursing degrees. The CU College of Nursing (CON) landed in the No. 8 spot.
According to the publication, “SuperScholar editors developed the Smart Choice ranking as a tool to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest in their education. The ranking helps fill a void in quality, unbiased rankings and reviews of online nursing schools. In order to be considered for inclusion in the ranking, an institution had to be a regionally accredited college or university listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database and offer an online nursing degree program accredited by either the CCNE or NLNAC.”
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Amy Barton, PhD, FAAN, said of the acknowledgement, “We are thrilled to be recognized for excellence in online education. i-Lead was built on the success of our healthcare informatics program, which was started in 1997. We are pleased that our focus on integration of quality principles in online education has achieved its intended outcome.”
The CON program currently has 23 master’s students enrolled in i-LEAD. The program began admitting students in spring 2011 and hopes to admit an additional 18-20 students this coming Fall. There are 67 master’s students enrolled in the Informatics Program with the goal of admitting more than 25 this fall.
The college also has been listed by U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs.