2017 Top Online Nursing Programs

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These 26 schools represesnt the top-rated institutions offering online nursing graduate programs. The list was generated based on feedback from nursing students who attended these noteworthy programs. Many of these schools offer online nursing degrees that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) inlcuding Georgetown University, Western Governors University, and Liberty University. Online graduate programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels and include focuses such as nursing informatics, gerontology, women's health, and pediatrics.

Eleven of these schools offer affordable options with annual tuition rates of less than $15,000. Duke University tops the list, but the considerably more affordably priced online nursing degrees from Texas Woman's University are also very highly rated. Overall, Texas Woman's University earned a Student Score of 90.28. One 2014 graduate explained "the graduate programs allow you to gain first hand experience in your specialty field prior to graduation. This is a great plus for students who do not have prior work in their related field, so they can add the experience to their resume. The nursing program is top rated in the nation and physicians are anxious to hire its graduates." Click on the names of the ranked schools to find out more information on each of the highly-rated online nursing graduate programs.

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Rank College 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Duke University 2017 Student Score 90.95
#2 #2 Texas Woman's University 2017 Student Score 90.28
#3 #3 Felician College 2017 Student Score 90.15
#4 #4 Graceland University 2017 Student Score 89.87
#5 #5 The University of Texas Medical Branch 2017 Student Score 89.71
#6 #6 Western Governors University 2017 Student Score 88.58
#7 #7 The University of Texas at El Paso 2017 Student Score 88.57
#8 #8 Georgetown University 2017 Student Score 88.13
#9 #9 Ball State University 2017 Student Score 87.86
#10 #10 Simmons College 2017 Student Score 87.45
#11 #11 University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017 Student Score 87.41
#12 #12 Rush University 2017 Student Score 85.10
#13 #13 University of San Francisco 2017 Student Score 85.00
#14 #14 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2017 Student Score 84.86
#15 #15 Gonzaga University 2017 Student Score 84.49
#16 #16 University of Michigan-Flint 2017 Student Score 83.02
#17 #17 Maryville University 2017 Student Score 82.65
#18 #18 University of South Alabama 2017 Student Score 82.20
#19 #19 Drexel University 2017 Student Score 81.90
#20 #20 Eastern Kentucky University 2017 Student Score 81.62
#21 #21 University of Cincinnati 2017 Student Score 81.43
#22 #22 Liberty University 2017 Student Score 81.38
#23 #23 Regis University 2017 Student Score 79.29
#24 #24 University of Arizona 2017 Student Score 77.83
#25 #25 The University of Texas at Arlington 2017 Student Score 76.61
#26 #26 Quinnipiac University 2017 Student Score 75.44


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Online Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.