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Indiana University Online RN to BSN degree completion option earns two top national rankings


Popular online program for NW Indiana nurses ranked among the top 10 in the nation

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017


Indiana University School of Nursing’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option was recently ranked number two and number eight on two 2017 lists of the Best Online RN to BSN Programs. The designations were awarded by leading college resource websites The Best Schools and Top RN to BSN, respectively.

The RN to BSN Degree Online Completion Option gives registered nurses the chance to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing where they work and live in as little as 12 months, after general education requirements are met. Classes are all online and condensed into eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Clinical requirements are designed to build upon knowledge and experiences that a student brings to the table. No campus visits are required, but students have access to faculty and advisors at IU Northwest.

The program is offered on nine IU campuses, including IU Northwest. Linda Delunas, director of the School of Nursing at IU Northwest, said faculty at every IU school around the state collaborate to bring students this program option, which is designed with the working RN in mind.

“In addition to having a diverse expert faculty, students learn with students from all around the state in engaging online forums,” Delunas said.

Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option has graduated 772 students statewide, with 237 graduating in spring 2016. On average, there has been a combined 94 percent retention rate throughout the eight campuses from the time the program started. Janet Phillips Nice, Director of the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option, attributes the impressive numbers to a variety of factors that offer flexibility.

“Students have the capability to customize their course study through electives that cover numerous topics,” said Phillips Nice. “This allows them to delve more deeply into the areas that interest them the most.”

For more information about applicant requirements, course curriculum and additional questions, please visit http://www.iun.edu/nursing/degrees/rn-to-bsn.htm.

About the Indiana University School of Nursing
For over 100 years Indiana University School of Nursing has been empowering leaders in practice, research, education, and service. Ranked 14th among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, the School boasts a robust program of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness, nursing education, and behavioral oncology. Programs range from three undergraduate options, nine tracks in the Master’s program, post-master’s options, a PhD in nursing science, a leadership-focused DNP, and continuing education opportunities. The 2017 Best Graduate School rankings by U.S. News & World Report place the Master’s and DNP programs at #1 in the state of Indiana with the Master’s in the top 10% and the DNP in the top 12% of all schools surveyed. For more information on the IU School of Nursing, please visit nursing.iu.edu.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of nearly 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.

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