U.S. News & World Report Ranks Clarkson College Online Graduate Nursing Program in Top 100

U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College in the top 100 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs in the nation for the 11th year in a row. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program option continue its tradition of excellence amidst a pandemic and changing health care landscape.

“It is an honor to be named one of the top programs by U.S. News & World Report for the 11th year in a row,” says Dr. Layna Himmelberg, Director of Graduate Nursing. “The commitment of our students and faculty make it possible for us to continue to fulfill our Mission of preparing the best providers who are shaping the future of health care.”

A longtime leader in online learning, the Clarkson College Graduate Nursing program focuses on offering students flexibility and resources that allow nursing professionals to customize their schedule and course work. “Our students appreciate the flexibility of our program that allows them to advance their education and become leaders in the nursing field while they work full-time,” says Dr. Himmelberg.

Stacie Ethington, MSN, RN-BC, a Medication Safety Nurse Specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Neb. and graduate of the Clarkson College program, experienced these benefits firsthand while she completed her Master’s degree.

"During my time in the MSN program, I got engaged, married and had my first baby,” she says. “The flexibility of the program and understanding nature of the faculty allowed me to continue my education while enjoying personal milestones. Being able to take courses at my own pace allowed me to earn my degree while continuing to make my family a priority."

The Graduate Nursing program offers specialties in Nursing Education, Nursing Healthcare Administration and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, both added in 2020. Students can also enroll in post-MSN certificate options.

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).

Learn more about the Nursing program. Visit ClarksonCollege.edu for more information on our Master of Science in Nursing degree and BSN to DNP degree options, which are available online with part- and full-time options.

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