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Online Graduate Nursing Program at Island University Ranked by ‘U.S. News and World Report’

January 13, 2017


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked 29 in the nation out of 75 schools on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 list of “Best Online Nursing Programs.” This new ranking boosts the nursing program six places higher than the 2016 rankings.

“I am incredibly proud of our online graduate nursing program for being ranked as 29th in the nation, and third in the state of Texas,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Our graduate nurse practitioners scored 100% passing on the first testing for their certification exams this year and are increasing access to healthcare all over the state, especially in rural and underserved areas.”

U.S. News and World Report based rankings on five categories including faculty credentials and training, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation and student services and technology. Ratings were calculated based on statistical information from 144 accredited schools with online nursing programs.

“We have really worked to tighten up our admission requirements and keep the curriculum current within all of our programs,” said Dr. Yolanda Keys, Graduate Nursing Department Chair. “Our faculty’s commitment to student success is outstanding.”

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi online graduate nursing program was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for several distinguishing and unique characteristics. It provides much-needed flexibility for students who are also in the workforce and allows them to easily find jobs soon after graduation. Additionally, the College’s expert faculty allow students to gain clinical experiences in an environment that can help each student meet course and program outcomes.

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