UM-Flint Earns U.S. News Recognition for Online Programs

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UM-Flint's online graduate programs in nursing ranked among the best kin the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
UM-Flint's online graduate programs in nursing ranked among the best kin the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The University of Michigan-Flint has been recognized for its academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Online Programs” rankings.

UM-Flint was ranked 16th in the entire nation for online graduate nursing programs. The university also received recognition in the online graduate education programs and online bachelor’s degree programs lists.

U.S. News & World Report released their latest higher education report January 10.

UM-Flint offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that prepares nurses to become family, primary care adult-gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners.  There is also an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

“The faculty are highly qualified and educated, with years of teaching experience, and many that are practicing nurse practitioners able to bring real life experience to their teaching,” said Dr. Constance Creech, director of the graduate nursing program at UM-Flint.

Combined with the undergraduate options, the online nursing programs attract students from throughout Michigan, as well as 23 other states, Canada, and Australia.

The nursing ranking factored in faculty credentials and training, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, student services, and technology.

“Graduates of the online programs have high pass rates on specialty certification examinations, hold leadership positions in healthcare organizations, are recognized for their professionalism, and make important contributions to improved health and well-being for people across the lifespan,” said School of Nursing interim dean Margaret Andrews.

Within UM-Flint graduate education programs, there are several online or mixed mode options, including Education Specialist Ed.S. (mixed mode), Doctor of Education Ed.D. (mixed mode), an M.A. in Mathematics Education for Elementary & Early Childhood Educators (mixed mode), Master of Arts in Educational Technology (fully online), and an M.A. in Literacy Education (fully online).

At the undergraduate level, the university offers fully online degree programs including a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The latest rankings are just the most recent recognition by U.S. News and World Report. UM-Flint was designated as one of the top regional universities in the Midwest by the publication in September. That marked the ninth consecutive year it received this distinction.

Robert is a staff writer in the Office of University Relations. Contact him with comments, questions, and story ideas.