Online MSN-Nurse Practitioner Program Nationally Ranked
September 12, 2018
Angelo State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program has been ranked among the nation’s “30 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Master’s Programs” for 2018 by TheBestSchools.org, a higher education resource guide that ranks academic programs in multiple disciplines.
Only accredited nursing programs were considered for the rankings, which were based on:
- Academic excellence of curriculum
- Strength of faculty scholarship
- School reputation
- Range of financial aid options
- Range of degree programs
- Strength of online instruction methodology
The ASU Department of Nursing initiated its online MSN-FNP program in the fall of 2010 with 10 students in the first class. It has expanded significantly since then with more than 60 students currently enrolled. The department also offers a collaborative MSN program with Texas Tech University that leads to certification as either an adult care nurse practitioner or pediatric primary care nurse practitioner.
Nurse practitioners can provide many of the same basic services as primary care physicians, including immunizations, prescriptions, referrals and minor surgical procedures. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurse practitioners is expected to grow at a rate of 31 percent through 2026 with a current median annual salary of over $100,000.
The other Texas programs ranked by TheBestSchools.org were at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Midwestern State University, the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
This marks the third top national ranking in 2018 for ASU’s online graduate nursing programs, which were also cumulatively ranked among the best in the U.S. for quality and affordability by U.S. News and World Report and MatchCollege.com.