CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – An award-winning graduate degree in nursing is available even to those who cannot physically make their way to the Island. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program has been recognized among the top 50 colleges in the nation by College Values Online, placing 17 out of 50.
“Our TAMU-CC Graduate Nursing program strives to serve students across Texas through our outstanding faculty who are dedicated to student success and our online platform which provides students with flexibility,” said Dr. Yolanda Keys, College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) Associate Professor and Graduate Chair. “The online delivery platform, supportive faculty, a strong student population and the rigor of our programs make this educational experience all the more valuable.”
To determine the rankings, College Values Online began with the 100 top-ranked programs according to U.S. News and World Report, and then further narrowed the ranking by choosing the most lucrative schools according to PayScale.com. The 50 remaining programs’ ranks were based on the following factors: graduate tuition and fees; awards and recognition related to nursing; 20-year net return-on-investment; concentrations and specializations; format customizations such as hybrid or synchronous options; innovative programs and/or teaching methods in nursing; internship opportunities in nursing; scholarship opportunities in nursing; related student organizations and societies; and “wow” factor.
“The online MSN program started because of the high demand in outlying areas for graduate nurses and the limited access to education,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the CONHS. “Many of our students are non-traditional, in that attending a ‘brick and mortar’ institution was not possible. Some students are from rural, underserved areas in which nurses with higher degrees, such as nurse practitioners, are in high demand.”
The Island University offers three MSN programs including Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership in Nursing Systems, and Nurse Educator. The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) to become Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. After completing the program, nurses are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The Leadership program prepares RNs to influence the quality of nursing care delivered across diverse healthcare settings. Students acquire skills required for formal administrative positions or for staff positions that include project and team leadership. The MSN Nurse Educator program is designed for academic or clinical education. RNs are expected to advance their knowledge in their preferred specialty through the educator courses.