U.S. News and World Report Ranks Loyola University New Orleans Online Graduate Nursing Programs among Top 50 in the Nation

Loyola’s Online Graduate Program in Nursing is designed to help nurses who want to become family nurse practitioners, nursing managers, administrators and health care executives to advance their careers.

New Orleans, La. – Feb. 9, 2017) Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing’s online graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) degree programs rank No. 39 in the nation among Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, according to a new survey by U.S. News and World Report released Tuesday, Jan. 10.  The programs also received special recognition as one of the nation’s Best Online Graduate Programs in Nursing sensitive to the needs of veterans. A complete list of the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs rankings, as well as methodology, can be found here.

U.S. News & World Report Badge for Best Online Programs for Grad Nursing in 2017For the 2017 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, U.S. News ranked programs according to five categories: faculty credentials and training, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, and student services and technology. Program scores were calculated using data the program reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey as well as date gathered from peer institutions. 

U.S. News & World Report Badge for Best Online Programs for Veterans in Grad Nursing in 2017U.S. News sent statistical questionnaires to public, private, and for-profit institutions granting master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing that were accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The rankings considered 144 distance education programs for which all the required nonclinical coursework may be completed via distance education courses that incorporate internet-based learning technologies. 

“U.S. News and World Report has considered all the nursing schools in the nation and placed Loyola University New Orleans’ online graduate programs in nursing in the Top 50,” said Laurie Anne Ferguson, Director of the School of Nursing at Loyola. “We are pleased to see that we ranked high again this year. Loyola’s recurring high rankings underscore the value of a Loyola nursing degree. These rankings demonstrate that our peer institutions believe, and the data show, that we are longtime leaders in the nursing education field.”

Loyola’s top-ranked, nationally and regionally accredited online graduate nursing programs, moved to online format in 2004, have received numerous federal and state grants, and are designed to help nurses advance their careers through Jesuit-based graduate education that meets and exceeds guidelines and standards for nursing. Loyola’s acclaimed MSN degree program features three concentrations—Health Care Systems Management (now known as Nursing Leadership), Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator—each with a unique curriculum designed for success in a rewarding career.  The DNP Program includes a Post-Baccalaureate and Post Master track, with Post-Baccalaureate specifically targeting development of family nurse practitioners.

“We draw nurses from around the nation to our online graduate nursing programs,” said Dr. Patricia Pearce, Interim Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  “At Loyola, we help nurses to master their fields and achieve their dreams.” 

In addition to its traditional entry MSN and DNP degree programs, Loyola’s School of Nursing offers a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, an RN to BSN degree program, and an RN to MSN Bridge program. The nursing school has graduated 2,561 students since the inception of the graduate programs in 1997. 

Loyola’s School of Nursing’s online graduate programs are ranked higher than the online graduate nursing programs of all Louisiana schools considered by U.S. News and World Report. Northwestern’s nursing school ranked 68; McNeese State University and Southeastern’s nursing schools appeared on the list as “RNP,” a designation meaning “Rank Not Published.” University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s nursing school appears on the list as “not ranked.” 

Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of its students, as well as the history of the city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Loyola’s more than 40,000 graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education received at Loyola.