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ECU nursing ranked #10 in graduate programs in online education

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The College of Nursing at East Carolina University ranks among the best nationally in online education in a listing released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The ECU College of Nursing ranked 10 out of 72 master's or doctorate of nursing practice programs in the country.The complete listing of online education programs can be viewed at .

U.S. News ranked online master's degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology on criteria including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

Online degrees have been growing in popularity the past 10 years driven in part by a competitive job market and stagnant economy, according to U.S. News.

ECU's College of Nursing has been consistently named by U.S. News as one of the largest distance education programs in the country since 2004. The current rankings assess quality categories over size.

"Our investment in distance education allows us to connect our students to campus using virtual clinics and to nursing scholars around the world through streaming video and conferencing technology," said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the ECU College of Nursing. "The beauty of our graduate distance education strategy is that students, who are all registered nurses, can fill vital nursing positions while pursuing their graduate degrees."

Nursing offers seven online options in the master's of science nursing program: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery. Of 704 total students enrolled in the MSN program, 606 - or 86 percent - are distance education students.