10 Years and Running - Online Graduate Nursing Program Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College in the top 100 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in the nation for the tenth year in a row. 

The institution’s long-standing recognition continues a tradition of excellence and cements the College as a leader in online nursing education. “Our continued ranking by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to our dedicated program faculty and College leadership who are committed to providing high quality education,” said Director of Graduate Nursing Dr. Layna Himmelberg.  

The ranking by U.S. News & World Report is driven by data collection through statistical questionnaires sent to institutions offering online master’s degree programs. Programs must be accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offer all required non-clinical coursework through internet-based distance education courses. The rankings recognize the best online graduate nursing programs based on five factors: engagement (30 percent), faculty credentials and training (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), services and technology (20 percent) and student excellence (10 percent).  

The report comes at a timely moment when more individuals are searching for ways to continue their education online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A longtime leader in online learning, Clarkson College continues to offer students resources, flexibility and support 

“We understand the challenges facing our students, many of whom are working full-time and taking care of their families,” said Dr. Himmelberg. “Our program is known for its high proficiency in online learning and flexibility as it prepares students to become leaders in the nursing field.”  

The Graduate Nursing program continues to make strides in nursing education. In 2020, the College added two new specialty options in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to meet the need for educated practitioners in these two critical areas. Students can also enroll in Nursing Education, Nursing Health Care Administration and Family Nurse Practitioner options as well as post-MSN certificate options.