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School of Nursing online program listed among top five in the U.S.

Loyola press release - February 1, 2012

The 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Top Online Education Programs rankings guide singled out the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing as one of the best online graduate programs in the country. Loyola was one of only five nursing schools in the country and the only Jesuit institution to receive the honor roll designation from U.S. News & World Report.

The ranking collected data from 458 regionally accredited institutions that provided nursing education at either the master’s or doctorate level. Those schools that provided at least 80 percent of their curriculum online were then considered for the ranking.

There are four separate indicator rankings for online master's of nursing or doctorate of nursing degree programs: admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditations, and student services and technology. In order to make the honor roll, a school must place in the top third of three of the four categories.

The publication ranked Loyola No. 1 for student services and technology, ahead of other major institutions such as Loyola University Chicago, Duke University, Arizona State, University of Florida and St. Louis University. Loyola also placed a strong second in the country for faculty credentials and training, while finishing seventh for teaching practices and student engagement.

“The School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and alumni are honored by the recognition in U.S. News and World Report,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing at Loyola. “This synergy, ceaseless effort, and drive for excellence in online education have catapulted the School of Nursing to this top ranking. We are committed to retaining the trust of our students and employers in an effort to graduate students who excel in critical thinking and strategy, as well as caring for the whole person and organizational culture. Our graduates change the lives of generations receiving health and nursing care and are dedicated to advancing the health of the public.”

Loyola is currently the only university in Louisiana allowed to enroll students in a new post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The School of Nursing also offers a post-Master of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

The deadline for applications has been extended until Feb. 15, 2012. Application and detailed program information are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice. For information about the post-Master's to D.N.P. program, contact Adero Moore at 504-865-2582 or amoore@loyno.edu. Students interested in the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program can contact Elena Ransom at 504-865-2499 or eransom@loyno.edu.

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