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Stony Brook Places Eighth Among Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S.News & World Report

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Stony Brook Places Eighth Among Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S.News & World Report

Selection based on faculty credentials, graduation rates, and student services and technologies

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Online learning curricula at Stony Brook’s School of Nursing have advanced the education of both graduate and doctoral (pictured) students.

STONY BROOK, NY, July 19, 2013 — Stony Brook University has been ranked eighth on U.S.News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list for 2013. The rankings recognized the best online graduate nursing programs based on factors such as faculty credentials, academic support services, technologies offered to students, graduation rates and admissions selectivity.  
“We are very honored that our online nursing programs are among the best in the nation,” said Dr. Lee Anne Xippolitos, 
Dean of Stony Brook’s School of Nursing. “This ranking is important because it affirms our commitment to be a national leader in nursing education through the delivery of innovative student-centered curricula.”
In 1994, the School of Nursing developed one of the nation’s first distance-learning programs, Nurse Midwifery. The distance education nursing roster has since expanded to include clinical specialties in Adult Health, Child Health, Neonatal Health, Mental Health and Women’s Health. The School also offers an online Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Program, a Master of Science in Nursing Education Program, and plans to introduce a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership Program in January 2014.
Stony Brook’s learner-centered curricula prepare nurses to promote, maintain, supervise and restore health; identify health risks; and assess, diagnose and manage patients. Students are prepared to function as nurse educators, leaders, consultants, advocates and change agents — key components of the advanced practice role.
Enrollment for the online nursing programs is on the rise, said Dean Xippolitos. Currently, there are 475 students, up from 383 in fall 2012.
To compile the rankings, U.S.News & World Report sent questionnaires to 471 institutions that granted Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accredited graduate degree programs in nursing. Respondents were asked to identify whether in academic year 2012–2013 they would be offering a master’s in nursing degree through Internet-based distance education courses.
Between the start of data collection in late July 2012 and the fall 2012 closing date, 280 institutions (59 percent) replied, with 101 (36 percent) reporting they planned to offer an online master’s in nursing degree program.
For the full list of the rankings, visit

About Stony Brook University School of Nursing
The primary mission of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing is to provide accessible, high-quality undergraduate and graduate education to diverse student populations for the development of nurse leaders at all entries of practice. This is accomplished through innovative programs that reflect the needs and current trends of society. The School’s programs are implemented by faculty who are committed to education of the highest standards and who promote clinical practice, scholarly activity and research that advances the scientific and theoretical foundation of nursing.

© Stony Brook University 2013

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