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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Loyola University New Orleans Online Master’s Degree of Nursing Program among Nation's Top 50

Loyola press release - January 15, 2019

Loyola’s Online Graduate Program in Nursing is designed to help nurses who want to become family nurse practitioners, nurse educators, executive nurse leaders to advance their careers.

Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing degree program ranks No. 42 in the nation among Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, according to a new survey by U.S. News and World Report released Tuesday, Jan. 15. The programs also received special recognition as No. 17 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Programs in Nursing sensitive to the needs of veterans.

Loyola’s Bachelor’s degree online programs, currently under expansion, are ranked No. 159 in the nation, while Loyola’s graduate program in education ranked 194 and the MBA online program tied for No. 215. A complete list of the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs can be found here. Nursing Programs rankings, as well as methodology, can be found here.

“U.S. News and World Report has considered all the nursing schools in the nation and placed Loyola University New Orleans’ online graduate programs in nursing in the Top 50,” said Laurie Anne Ferguson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health at Loyola. “Loyola’s recurring high rankings underscore the value of a Loyola nursing degree. They demonstrate that our peer institutions believe, and the data show, that we are longtime leaders in the nursing education field.”

Loyola’s top-ranked, nationally and regionally accredited online graduate nursing programs, moved to online format in 2004, have received numerous federal and state grants, and are designed to help nurses advance their careers through Jesuit-based education that meets and exceeds guidelines and standards for nursing. Loyola’s acclaimed MSN degree program features three concentrations—Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator—each with a unique curriculum designed for success in a rewarding career. The DNP Program includes a Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master track, with Post-Baccalaureate specifically targeting development of family nurse practitioners. In addition to online courses, each MSN concentration features a robust practicum component where students are able to put ideas and skills into action in one or more professional health care settings.

“We draw nurses from around the nation to our online master’s degree in nursing program,” said Ferguson. “At Loyola, we help both aspiring and practicing nurses to master their fields and achieve their dreams.”

In addition to its traditional entry MSN and DNP degree program, Loyola’s School of Nursing offers a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program; an RN to BSN degree program; an RN to MSN Bridge program. The nursing school has graduated more than 3,000 students since the inception of the graduate programs in 1997.

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