Gardner-Webb Online Graduate Nursing Degree Named Top-20 Program Nationwide

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Honor Marks Third Recognition in 2015 for Hunt School of Nursing

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree has been named a top-20 program nationwide by an education information website, the third distinguished honor for GWU’s Hunt School of Nursing this year.

SuperScholar, an online source for college and career information, honored Gardner-Webb as No. 19 in its “50 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs of 2015,” a resource produced to help current and future nurses make smart choices about advancing their education and careers. The ranking earned GWU a place among schools like Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) and Duke University (Durham, N.C.).

“This truly is an affirmation of the quality of our faculty and staff and a testament to their commitment to high standards,” shared Dr. Sharon Starr, dean of the GWU Hunt School of Nursing. “The faculty and staff are committed to the success of each student.”

To determine the rankings, SuperScholar only considered schools that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) to guarantee that online programs meet the highest standards. Nursing schools were then evaluated based on reputation, awards, affordability and return on investment.

Gardner-Webb’s MSN program received two honors in January. College Choice, an independent online publication, ranked GWU in its top-50 online MSN programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University in its top-50 list for online graduate nursing programs.

“We can’t achieve this level of recognition and high quality without the support of the administration and other departments at the University,” Starr said. “We could not do this without our excellent library, those in financial aid and the registrar. Those in the Graduate School provide consistent and high-level assistance as well. Our current students can testify to the expertise of the faculty and the quality of our resources. I hope potential students will see these rankings and will consider being a part of this success.”

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Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment, preparing students to think critically, to succeed professionally, and to serve faithfully as members of their local and global communities.