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College of Nursing ranked fourth in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

The University of Colorado College of Nursing has been ranked fourth nationally in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The latest listing, released Wednesday, moves the College of Nursing up on the U.S. News rankings. Last year, it came in ninth nationally for its online graduate program among the nation’s masters’ degree granting institutions.

“The College of Nursing is proud to be ranked fourth nationally in online graduate nursing programs,” said Interim Dean Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We have outstanding faculty who are committed to delivering online programs that are expertly designed, creating successful outcomes for student learning.”

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The College of Nursing at CU Anschutz has been strategically deploying highly skilled, committed and diligent distance educators for 20 years who have not only delivered a quality education to a wide range of students, but have helped recruit even more.

That record of excellence has often landed the college’s online programs among the best in the nation.

“This recognition is a validation of a rich history of quality online education,” said  Diane J. Skiba, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is particularly rewarding this year as we celebrate our 20th year of our online informatics graduate program that is built upon a learner-centric model of education.”

Skiba is a professor and specialty director of health care informatics at the CU College of Nursing.

U.S. News used five categories in determining their rankings for online nursing programs. These include faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation and student service and technology.  U.S. News has ranked distance education programs for six years and believes online learning is becoming integral to all types of education and that consumers are hungry for information related to online degrees.