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Online Graduate Nursing Programs Once Again Ranked Among Best in the Nation  

graduate nursing program student practices U.S. News and World Reports has once again ranked Seton Hall University at 75th in the nation for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for 2019. The College of Nursing is one of only four tri-state area schools ranked in this category. It was also ranked as 12th for Student Excellence. Presently, the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Nursing (D.N.P.) programs are also ranked for 2019 at #65 and #83 respectively.

Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. For the 2019 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, U.S. News ranked schools using five categories. These weights are unchanged from the 2018 edition.

  • Engagement (30 percent): In a quality program, aspiring advanced practice nurses can readily collaborate with fellow students in their classes and clinical settings. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough for students to stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20 percent): Strong online nursing programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners.
  • Expert Opinion (20 percent): A survey of high-ranking academic officials in nursing helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that statistics do not capture. Also, employers may hold in high regard degrees from programs that academics respect.
  • Student Excellence (15 percent): Student bodies entering with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments can handle the demands of rigorous coursework. Furthermore, online degrees that schools award judiciously will have greater legitimacy in the job market.
  • Services and Technologies (15 percent): Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.

Graduate Chair Judith Lothian, Ph.D., R.N. states, "Most of our graduate programs are available online, but the close communication and learning methodologies cultivate personal connections among students and faculty that will last throughout their careers. Our graduates are well-prepared when they leave Seton Hall, and their potential employers respect a nurse who has completed a degree at Seton Hall University College of Nursing."

The College of Nursing offers the following graduate programs online: 
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) – Direct Care or Indirect Care
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Learn more about the online graduate programs that the College of Nursing has to offer. 

Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Michael Giorgio
  • (973) 275-4953
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