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AMERICUS (Feb. 16, 2016)—Georgia Southwestern State University’s Master of Science in nursing program has been ranked 45th out of the 50 best graduate nursing programs in America by

Using sources like the American Association of College of Nursing and U.S. News and World Report, the healthcare educationTopMastersHealthcareAdm web rankings site examined the qualities that make nursing schools “in demand and accessible.” The scoring methodology weighed the following criteria: flexibility, 45 percent; active faculty, 30 percent; and tuition and fees, 25 percent.

“This ranking is very important for the School of Nursing’s graduate degree program recruitment efforts,” said School of Nursing Dean Sandra Daniel, Ph.D. “In today’s educational market, we know that if we are going to appeal to nurses who are advancing their education, we must offer a program that is of high quality, is flexible and is affordable.”

According to the report, only graduate nursing programs that are CCNE-accredited (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) were considered. Each program earned a score out of a possible 200 points, and the top 50 performers were ranked. These schools represent every type of nursing graduate program, from degrees available online and those that are “traditional” in nature. Other schools making the top 50 include Georgia State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Mississippi.

Georgia Southwestern’s Master of Science in nursing program, offered in collaboration with Columbus State University, is offered completely online and features the following degree options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Educator, Leadership/Management and Nursing Informatics. The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 enrollment is April 15. Visit for additional information.

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Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with nearly 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers professional programs of study and degrees in the arts, education, humanities, nursing, sciences, and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value small colleges in the nation. Visit for more information.

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