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Nursing named leader in online education

January 16, 2013

The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks 17th overall for best online graduate nursing programs, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings.

“We are honored to be recognized as having high quality programs using creative distance learning methods for nursing students,” said Teri Pipe, dean for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. “The health care industry is transforming and our goal is to prepare students at ASU to embrace change and lead through this transformation.

"Students working together across disciplines, faculty and other thought leaders at ASU are doing innovative work to improve human health and longevity.”

ASU offers the following hybrid online graduate nursing and health innovation programs:

• Doctor of Nursing Practice

• Doctorate in Nursing

• Master of Science in Nursing Education

ASU also offers the following online programs:

• Master of Science in Clinical Research Management

• Master of Healthcare Innovation

• RN to BSN for undergraduates

According to a January 2013 online education report by the Babson Survey Research Group, the number of schools offering fully online degrees is nearly double what it was 10 years ago – 62.4 percent of colleges and universities offered fully online programs in 2012, compared to 34.5 percent in 2002.

According to the report, online education also provides students the ability to pursue higher education without quitting their jobs or uprooting families.

The ranking was determined by statistical questionnaires sent to 471 institutions that granted accredited graduate degree programs in nursing. Respondents were asked to identify whether in academic year 2012-2013 they would be offering a masters in nursing degree through Internet-based distance education courses.

Additionally, they collected statistical information from the same questionnaire on 101 schools with online programs.