Edinboro and Clarion Universities’ Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program was named one of the country’s best online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.
The program, taught by Edinboro and Clarion faculty and administered through Clarion, ranked 21st of 96 top-tier programs in the magazine’s prestigious 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs survey. The rankings are based on statistical information about admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.
Amy McClune, Ph.D., R.N., Edinboro University’s Graduate Program Head for Nursing, said the U.S. News survey puts the Edinboro-Clarion consortium in impressive company and gives it an edge as the choice of nurses in the region who are enrolling in graduate programs.
“We’re ranked with Nurse Practitioner programs at prestigious nursing academic settings like Pitt, Duquesne, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State and Duke,” she said. “That is great company to be among, and it attests to the quality of our program and the success of our graduates.”
The program’s 2015 ranking is tied with that of the University of Pittsburgh and represents a significant rise into the top 25 programs nationwide
Graduates of the Edinboro-Clarion program have a 100 percent pass rate on Family Nurse Practitioner certifying exams and a high placement rate in rural areas where primary care practitioners are needed, McClune said.
“The Affordable Care Act has pointed to the need for primary care practitioners,” she said. “Family Nurse Practitioners are well-suited to meet that need.”
Edinboro and Clarion, two of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, have offered the Master of Science in Nursing degree in a regional consortium since 2001. Beginning in summer 2015, they will also offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Applications are now being accepted.
The two universities offer entry-level nursing programs independently but collaborate to offer the MSN and DPN degrees. McClune said the joint effort maximizes the use of faculty and broadens the geographic reach of the program.
The U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/online.
Information about the new DNP program is available at www.edinboro.edu/DNP. For more information on Edinboro University’s online graduate programs, visit http://gradschool.edinboro.edu, or call the School of Graduate Studies and Research at (814) 732-2856.