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Master’s of Nursing among top online programs

January 13, 2017

Indiana State University's graduate nursing program is ranked among the nation's best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

State's online nursing master's degree program is 81 on the organization's 2017 list that is dominated by revered medical schools such as Duke University and Johns Hopkins University.

"The M.S. in nursing has maintained accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. since 1989," said Eliezer Bermudez, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "At ISU, our primary goal is to support the student in becoming an integral part of our learning community by creating an atmosphere in which nursing education, evidence-based research, clinical expertise and interprofessional education come together to help improve health care for people across the lifespan in their home, schools, the workplace and the community."

Indiana State Online offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed entirely online or with minimal on-campus visits. Also available are a variety of online minors, doctoral and specialist programs and certificates and licensures to those requiring additional education and training in their degree programs.

"Indiana State Online is committed to extending the reach of our high-quality educational programs to students who cannot attend on-campus," said Ken Brauchle, dean of extended learning. "Our attention to academic rigor, great student service and affordable tuition are reflected in this ranking."

Other nationally ranked online programs at Indiana State include the master's degree in education (113th) and the bachelor's degree (142).

"Online learning is relatively new but growing in popularity because of the flexibility it offers," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We developed the Best Online Programs rankings to provide students with the tools to identify programs that offer top faculty, positive student engagement and generous support services -- all of which are key to productive online learning."

U.S. News is the only organization to evaluate distance education programs at the program level rather than the school level. The methodologies are based on a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered primarily online were considered.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or