University of Nebraska Online Nursing Program Moves Up in National Rankings

The UNMC College of Nursing is ranked as one of the nation’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2018 Best Online Programs rankings released the first week of January, the college’s graduate online nursing program is tied for 58th out of 147 schools, moving up from 61 in 2017 and 73rd in 2016.

“This recognition that our graduate advanced practice and nurse leader programs offer such high quality online learning opportunities is important for today’s students and planning ahead for tomorrow’s lifelong learners,” said Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Nursing. “Our faculty uses a learner-centered approach within an overall framework of evidence-based learning science. Online strategies provide an array of ways to use technology to support development of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and innovative thinking.”

Gathering the information for the rankings required compiling a list of nursing schools offering master’s degree programs online and collecting data from the schools. Five categories were used to rank the programs: student engagement, 30 percent; faculty credentials and training, 20 percent; peer reputation, 20 percent; admissions selectivity, 15 percent; and student services and technology, 15 percent.

The college offers a variety of master’s and doctoral of nursing practice degree specialties that use online and other teaching formats. The programs prepare nurse practitioners or executives in specialty tracks of women’s health, adult gerontology, pediatric, pediatric and acute care, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health, and administration.