EUGENE, Ore., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs for 2017.
Few healthcare professionals have more career options than skilled, licensed nurses. While nurses with RN certification or even a bachelor's degree have many options to choose from, many nurses seek advanced degrees that lead to nurse practitioner certification for even more flexibility and room for advancement.
Nurse practitioners are an integral part of medical provider teams, along with physicians and physician assistants, in both primary care and specialty practice.
"In today's uncertain economic climate, one thing is for sure: Jobs in the healthcare field will continue to be in demand," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "And the increasing costs of medical care have made Nurse Practitioners prized players for their expertise and accessibility."
College Choice developed its list by examining both the MSN degrees and the DNP degrees that qualify nurses for a career as a Nurse Practitioner. It created two separate rankings, for both the MSN and the DNP. The criteria for the rankings was based on academic reputation, student satisfaction, affordability, and average annual salary of graduates from online nurse practitioner programs across the country. Data comes from PayScale, university and colleges' websites, U.S. News & World Report, and The National Center for Education Statistics.
The ranking for the 25 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs for 2017 finds Duke University, Georgetown University, and The Ohio State University topping the MSN ranking. Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and Rush University top the DNP ranking.
The entire MSN ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Ball State University
East Carolina University
George Washington University
Georgia College and State University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
St. Xavier University
Stony Brook University SUNY
University of Alabama Birmingham
University of Cincinnati
University of South Carolina
The entire DNP ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola Chicago University
Medical University of South Carolina
University of Pittsburgh
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.