U.S. News & World Report calls WVU nursing master’s program one of country’s best

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing has made the annual “Best Graduate Schools” list published in the May issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. The School of Nursing master’s program, which was spotlighted in 2003 as one of the country's academically excellent graduate programs, has made the 2010 list.

 “This is the second time our M.S.N. program has made the list, and we are pleased to be recognized again for our academic quality,” said Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing.

“We are proud of the superb quality of graduate education our School of Nursing provides,” Fred Butcher, Ph.D., interim vice president of WVU Health Sciences, said. “It’s fulfilling to know that the rankings, which are based on surveys to our peers throughout the nation, demonstrate that others think so highly of us as well.”

WVU’s master’s degree program in nursing offers students a choice of six areas of emphasis in nurse practice: family, neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, women’s health or leadership. A student attending full time could complete the program in two years. The master’s program is an online program that can be completed from anywhere in the country.

In assembling rankings, U.S. News & World Report considers only fully accredited programs in good standing, with only schools reflecting the highest average scores printed on the list.

Other schools sharing WVU’s 3.2 rating (out of 5) for the nursing master’s program include Baylor University, Duquesne University and Rutgers. The highest ranked master’s program was the University of Washington (4.7).

WVU’s School of Nursing offers two other graduate degrees, a Ph.D. degree and a D.N.P. or doctor of nursing practice. The new D.N.P. program is one of the first four D.N.P. programs accredited in the country and is also a totally online degree. It is producing its first graduates this spring.

The U.S. News rankings are based on surveys sent to deans, administrators and faculty members at accredited degree programs or schools.

For information on the rankings see http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.

For information on the WVU School of Nursing’s academic programs see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/academicPrograms/index_programs.htm.




For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 5-5-09

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