JU’s Online MSN Degree Soars in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

JU’s Online Master of Science in Nursing Moves to 31st from 73rd

The recent release of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings came with good news for Jacksonville University, as the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program improved 42 places, up to 31st overall from 73rd last year.

The program, offered through the Keigwin School of Nursing, was No. 3 overall for 100% online private universities, and No. 1 for veterans among 100% online private universities.

U.S. News’ rankings are calculated from five main indicators:

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

JU received rankings within these categories as well:

  • No. 2 in student services and technology, with a score of 97
  • No. 14 in student engagement, with a score of 85

U.S. News also rated specific online concentrations, and JU’s MSN also fared well there among all private universities in the U.S. with 100% online MSN programs. MSN-Informatics Specialization was No. 1, while JU’s MSN-Clinical Nurse Educator was No. 2 and JU’s MSN-Leadership in Healthcare Systems was No. 3.

The online program is administered by the Nathan M. Bisk Center for Professional Studies, located at the JU Downtown campus. Dr. Teresa MacGregor, director of the center, said the university was proud of its accomplishments.

“This exemplifies commitment to student success, an individualized experience and support from faculty and administration to ensure these working professionals can meet their career demands while graduating in a timely fashion,” MacGregor told JU’s Wave Magazine.

The 2018 rankings are the latest recognition for JU, which was founded in 1934. JU has more than 4,000 on-campus students, representing 49 states and 40 foreign countries. The university provides significant financial, vocational and technical support to distance learners, which is why JU received a high score of 97 in student services.

“Jacksonville University is very intentional in regard to touchpoints with our students in online learning. Our online advisors are available, attentive to student concerns, and listen to student requests and our faculty are highly present in the management of the course,” Dr. Christine Sapienza, Dean of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences told Wave Magazine. “In fact, the resources we provide to the online students are no different than those provided to our ground-based students. The technology we use ensures that is the outcome for our students: personalized, relevant and organized.”

JU Online students receive the same education and support that brick and mortar students get. The online platform provides the flexibility many adult learners need to complete a degree.

According to the JU Career Resource Center, 95% of JU graduates are employed within 12 months of graduating and earn an average annual salary of $75,000, providing those graduates with a strong return on investment and a degree rooted in prestige and tradition.

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