University of Central Florida – Orlando, Florida ranks Twenty Sixth of 50 Best Online Doctorates in Nursing Ranked by NonProfit Colleges Online

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Students Before Profits Award: Best Online Doctorates in Nursing Ranked by NonProfit Colleges Online

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NonProfit Colleges Online, a resource promoting nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs, has released the second doctorate ranking in their “Students Before Profits Award” ranking series. The ranking can be viewed here:

The award was created to recognize colleges and universities that put “education before the bottom line,” especially in the wake of much bad publicity surrounding online programs and the exposure of exploitative practices of for-profit education institutions. The Online Doctorates in Nursing Students Before Profits Award ranks the top 50 colleges and universities offering fully online or hybrid doctoral level programs in nursing according to their affordability. This ranking was limited to schools that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies for colleges and schools, and that have lower than average tuition rates.

The ranking highlights both programs leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and programs leading to a PhD in Nursing. Both doctoral degrees are terminal, but differ in a few key ways. Both degrees are suitable for pursuing faculty positions at universities, though the PhD may provide more marketability for these positions, especially at research-intensive universities.

The lead editor of this ranking, Brett Gershon, says that, “the field of nursing has a very high demand due to a record high in shortage of nurses. Many positions are available in a wide variety of settings and these openings are only expected to grow in the coming years.” Gershon goes on to state, “additionally, nurse educators at the college and university level are needed now more than ever. Because of the record shortage in nurses throughout the US, an estimated one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by the year 2020. Yet, nursing programs are turning qualified nursing candidates away each year because there aren’t enough nursing educators to maintain strong training programs.” Nurses with a terminal degree should have no trouble finding work as educators or administrators in healthcare settings, so pursuing a DNP or PhD can be a very smart move for practicing nurses. This ranking should serve as a valuable resource for locating flexible and affordable, quality programs of study which don’t require practicing nurses to stop working or relocate to pursue a degree.

Coming in first in the ranking is the University of Arkansas with a low tuition of $14,500 – $15,600 for its MSN to DNP track. Indiana State University holds the second position in the ranking with a $15,132 estimated tuition for its DNP program. The University of South Alabama comes in third with a total estimated tuition of $15,630.

Other colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order.

Bradley University – Peoria, Illinois

Chatham University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

College of Saint Scholastica – Duluth, Minnesota

Concordia University – Mequon, Wisconsin

Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, Georgia

Graceland University – Lamoni, Iowa

Hampton University – Hampton, Virginia

Idaho State University – Pocatello, Idaho

La Salle University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Liberty University – Lynchburg, Virginia

Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, California

Loyola University – Baltimore, Maryland

Maryville University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, South Carolina

Mercer University – Macon, Georgia

New Mexico State University – Las Cruces, New Mexico

Northeastern University – Boston, Massachusetts

Nova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Pennsylvania State University – State College, Pennsylvania

Regis University – Denver, Colorado

Saint Louis University – St. Louis, Missouri

Texas Womanís University – Denton, Texas

University of Alberta – Edmonton, Alberta

University of Central Florida – Orlando, Florida

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado Denver – Denver, Colorado

University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas

University of Maryland – Baltimore, Maryland

University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Michigan-Flint – Flint, Michigan

University of Mississippi Medical Center – Jackson, Mississippi

University of Missouri-Kansas City – Kansas City, Missouri

University of Nevada-Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, North Dakota

University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado

University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas

University of Texas-Tyler – Tyler, Texas

University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Walsh University – North Canton, Ohio

Washington State University – Pullman, Washington

West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia

Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Brett Gershon
Editor, NonProfit Colleges Online



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