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Nurse practioner program named best in Ga.
U.S. News & World Report places GSU degree among nation's top 20
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      Georgia Southern University's Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program was ranked in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The program also had the highest ranking among all colleges and universities in Georgia - both public and private.
      "To be named among the top 20 in the country by U.S. News & World Report is a major honor not only for our university, but for the state of Georgia," said Jean Bartels, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences which includes Georgia Southern's School of Nursing. "Georgia Southern continues to be recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the country as a result of the hard work of our faculty and staff and the outstanding students that select Georgia Southern for their MSN degree."
      GSU's program is included in the top 20 along with those at Yale University, Duke University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University to name a few.
      The program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is designed to prepare registered nurses (RN) with an undergraduate degree in nursing for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Georgia Southern's program combines both online and limited on-campus sessions enabling RNs to complete their degree while juggling busy work/life schedules.
      According to the publication, "These rankings were created in response to today's high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one's schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility."
      "Georgia Southern has long been recognized for its outstanding campus-based programs, but this ranking confirms that our online graduate programs in business, education, IT and nursing are among the best in the nation," said Brooks Keel, Ph.D., president of Georgia Southern. "Georgia Southern has invested in innovative online programs that not only provide students with access to a respected Georgia Southern degree, but provide them with the ability to earn it from anywhere in the world."
      GSU's online Master of Science in computer science was ranked in the top 25 nationally for student services and technology, in the top 10 for teaching practices and student engagement and in the top five for admissions selectivity.
      The university's online graduate programs in education were ranked in the top 15 for student services and technology, in the top 35 for faculty credentials and training, the top 20 for teaching practices and student engagement and in the top 20 nationally for admissions selectivity.
      The online graduate programs in nursing were ranked in the top 80 for student services and technology and in the top 50 for teaching practices and student engagement.
      The university's growing number of online graduate degree programs in business including its WebMBA and Master of Science in applied economics ranked in the top 100. Its programs received a top 50 national ranking for faculty credentials and training.
      "While the rankings did not rank overall institution offerings, they do rank our programs in various categories and we are very pleased to be included among the nation's best," said Charles Patterson, Ph.D., vice president for research and economic development. "The rankings are a reflection of the work that our outstanding faculty and staff have put into creating and expanding these programs."
      In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs had to offer at least 80 percent of their course content online.
      The online master's degree programs were ranked in similar categories, but were evaluated on student engagement and accreditation as opposed to assessment. There was also a separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity. For more information, visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

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