CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— For the second year in a row, the Master of Science in Nursing program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked in the top 10 for Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
There are more than 325 accredited online graduate nursing programs in the country. Of those, only 31 made the 2015 rankings, with A&M-Corpus Christi landing a number 10 spot. These programs were scored based on the following factors: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; peer reputation; and admissions selectivity.
“Through innovations in online learning, the Island University brings our nursing programs to underserved and rural areas of Texas,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “These students will help meet the growing need for medical professionals in their communities and throughout the nation.
It’s a quality, online education that comes at a more affordable price than any other school in the top 10. At $503 a credit hour for out-of-state students, the Island University is over $100 dollars less than the next closest top 10 school and about half the price of the most expensive on the list.
“We are proud to offer one of the best nursing programs in the country at a price that our students can afford,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “With more than 90 percent of our distinguished nursing faculty holding the highest degrees in their field, they make it a priority to provide the best online tools and use cutting-edge online learning techniques to reach those who are unable to make it to our campus.”
The Island University has been a statewide leader in nursing education for decades; distinctions include grants and recognition from the White House for its outreach to veterans. The College also was recently awarded the 2013 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
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