SRU nursing program ranked No. 1 in the state
Aug. 2, 2019
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's online RN to BSN program has been ranked as the best program in Pennsylvania by registerednursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization "dedicated to providing resources and support to future and budding nurses."
The rankings were compiled using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education and the Council for Community and Economic Research.
The ranking methodology was based on seven categories of point distribution:
● Institutional accreditation (five points).
● Ratio of tenured faculty (five points).
● Acceptance rate percentage for the University (10 points).
● Graduate rate at 150% of normal time (10 points).
● Offering of online programs (20 points).
● Ratio of nursing program completions versus total program completions awarded by the institution, sorted from higher to lower ratios (25 points).
● Annual tuition and fees adjusted for each county's cost of living, sorted by lowest to highest (25 points).
SRU, one of the first nursing programs in the country to offer classes completely online, has two programs: a 21-credit program for graduate students to become certified school nurses and a 39-credit program for registered nurses to build on their associate degree or diploma education and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The majority of the students in the RN-to-BSN program are working in the field and complete their degrees at their preferred pace, thanks to eight-week sessions each semester.
SRU's nursing program offers classes taught by faculty with doctoral degrees and a curriculum focused on skills, such as teambuilding and communication, that are sought after by potential employers. The RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
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