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Online masters program in nursing excels nationally

Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing once again received high praise at the national level. RESSON was recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.”

RESSON came in at No. 42 on the list of 1,200 schools, putting the program in the top four percent nationally. The school received high marks for faculty credentials and training, as well as high levels of student engagement.

To establish the rankings, U.S. News & World Report examined five categories:

  • Student engagement
  • Faculty credentials and training
  • Peer reputation
  • Student services and technology
  • Admissions selectivity

This new ranking represented the “best of the best” in online nursing graduate programs.

“We offer a high quality Masters of Nursing program with a 100 percent certification rate at a very reasonable cost,” said Dr. Lizabeth Carlson, dean of RESSON. “We have been offering online advanced nursing education since the early 2000s. We have worked diligently to ensure we incorporate national and state accreditation standards into our curriculum and utilize best practices in online learning.”

Carlson said the dedicated RESSON faculty helped make the ranking a reality.

“This is a great honor and reflects the hard work and long hours the nursing faculty have put into ensuring this program is of the very best quality,” she said.

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