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UCM's Online Nursing Program Lauded Nationally as a Best Buy

Best Buy Online Bachelors Nursing

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 25, 2013), an organization that conducts independent rankings of college and university programs, has named the University of Central Missouri a "Best Online College" for nursing.

The "Best Online College" ranking is the result of a comprehensive national survey that collected data from 29 regional schools that have attained national accreditation and offer a combined 30 different online bachelor's degrees (RN to BSN). The rankings highlight the top 18 affordable online nursing degree programs for RNs nationwide, with UCM ranked 11th.

To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy ranking list, the online BSN degree profiled must objectively cost less than the average of all the online BSN degrees reviewed in the comprehensive national data set. According to the GetEducated .com survey, the average cost of an online bachelor's in nursing (RN to BSN) nationally is $44,211, about $10,000 more than what it costs to complete an online nursing degree from UCM. Cost comparisons are available on the Web site.

Vicky Phillips, founder of said, "The University of Central Missouri is a national leader in developing critical educational lifelines for nurses. Its online nursing degree programs are delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare education where it is needed, when it is needed, to seasoned RNs and nurse educators."

She added, "UCM enlists online learning to allow practicing RNs to achieve their degrees faster while remaining productive caretakers in their home communities. The university has developed an innovative localized system for supervised clinical practice that can and should be emulated by other online nurse education programs."

The "American Journal of Medical Quality" has forecast a critical shortage of RNs across the country through the year 2030. The RN shortage is expected to be most intense in rural areas where educational opportunities are limited, therefore UCM is filling a tremendous need.

"The affordable online nursing programs offered by this university are a win-win for both the students and local communities where they provide critical healthcare coverage," Phillips said.

UCM's Department of Nursing is pleased with the ranking, which is a reflection of a quality program that utilizes best practices in the education of nursing professionals. As Barbara Baker, assistant professor or nursing, noted, "The ranking is special because UCM is a 'best buy' which is more than mere affordability."

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