The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.


“We strive to provide an exceptional learning environment at the OU College of Nursing,” said Dean Lazelle Benefield, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “Online programs, extraordinary faculty, and outstanding clinical partnerships anchor our efforts to help students achieve their goals in nursing, to advance research, and to meet the growing need for exceptional nursing professionals in a variety of health care environments. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our efforts in online nursing education.”


According to U.S. News, the rankings are determined by student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technologies, and admissions selectivity. This is the third year the publication has ranked online programs.


“We are very proud of the online programs we are able to offer at the OU College of Nursing,” said Gary Loving, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean. “Currently, we have several online degree programs including Masters of Nursing Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing. The online programs allow for great flexibility for students to better meet their individual needs as they work toward advanced degrees in nursing. For example, our Masters of Nursing Education program allows for multiple starting points for students.”


The college’s online program offers a choice of part-time or full-time progression, and students are eligible to compete for merit-based scholarships. Benefield said that the college’s online educational programs were created to help address the critical shortage of baccalaureate-prepared and advanced practice nurses in hospitals, clinics, schools and home care agencies across Oklahoma.