Release Date: January 8, 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s online bachelor’s degree (RN – BS) has been named a “2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program.”
The nursing school has also been designated to use the U.S. News and World Report badge: “Best Online Program.”
The UB online RN – BS program, which can be completed in a 1-year or 2-year sequence, is designed for nurses who have already successfully completed a community college (associate’s degree) or hospital-based (diploma) nursing program and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.
It is offered in a user-friendly distance learning, asynchronous format that allows practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment.
The School of Nursing admitted its first class to the new online program in 2012 - 2013 and this is the first year the school has had the data to report.
Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, said that she was pleased with the ranking.
“Our mission is excellence in education online and in the classroom, and to make nursing education accessible and convenient to traditional and non-traditional students alike,” said Lewis. “We are gratified that our diligence and dedication was recognized.”
Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC, assistant dean for undergraduate programs, said that the ranking affirms the intent of the RN – BS program to prepare nurses as leaders at the bedside and to provide quality, safe, and evidence-based care.
“Our students and graduates tell us how transformative this program is for them as professional nurses,” said Grinslade. “They feel empowered to actively engage as change agents within their places of practice, whether that is in an acute care unit in a hospital, as a school or home health nurse, or in a primary care setting.”
For more information on how to apply to the UB BS-RN program, go to the UB School of Nursing web site: http://nursing.buffalo.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/rn-bs-program.html