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CHSP School of Nursing master’s program ranks among best in the nation

Mar 18, 2017

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is pleased to announce that its Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) has been ranked among the best in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 edition of  America’s Best Graduate Schools. The program tied for No. 3 in the state of Ohio for public universities, No. 6 in the state overall and No. 142 nationally.

The MSN, established in ­­2004, has grown from 12 students enrolled in its first year to more than 300 currently, with students taking courses both in Athens and online.

“This ranking confirms our nursing school’s excellence in teaching students across a variety of platforms,” said CHSP Dean Randy Leite. “Whether in person or online, our faculty are committed to preparing nurses who excel in today’s challenging healthcare environment.”

The program is designed for active registered nurses who have earned their BSN and want to advance their education while having the flexibility of an online course.

MSN tracks include nurse educator (NE) and family nurse practitioner (FNP), The MSN program is fully accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials for Master’s Education in Nursing. The majority of the students are enrolled in the FNP program which boasts a 93 percent pass rate on the national certification exam.

The MSN program offers two formatting options for obtaining an MSN:

  1. Blended course platform where classes are web-based, but students meet periodically on campus with professors throughout the semester (about once per month)
  2. Online course platform where courses are completed only online (three campus visits required over the course of the two-year program required for FNP track, two campus visits required for NE track)

According to School of Nursing Director Dr. Deborah Henderson, the program’s success is the result of a variety of factors.

“The program has flourished due to both the great need for master’s programming in southeastern Ohio and the quality and commitment of our School of Nursing faculty and staff,” Henderson said.

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country. The college’s five schools and departments offer programming on OHIO campuses in Athens and Dublin, Ohio. Offerings include undergraduate and graduate programs as well as continuing education opportunities for health professionals. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/chsp.