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WIU BSN Nursing Degree Named One of Top Five Most Affordable

February 7, 2017

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has recognized Western Illinois University as one of the most affordable online BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degrees in the country.

WIU ranked number five on the list of the top 20. The publication pointed out the programming WIU offers for nursing students as a reason for its ranking.

WIU School of Nursing Director P. Lea Monahan said she is proud WIU is able to offer outstanding educational programs in nursing at affordable prices for working RNs.

"Our programs are not only affordable, but are all online, so they are convenient with faculty used to working with students at a distance," said Monahan.

The RN-BSN program at WIU moved to a completely online format in Fall 2014 to accommodate the schedule of working nurses who hold an associate degree and are currently licensed as registered nurses, and who would like to further their education.

Western's nursing program, which is accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), began in 2008, and its first student cohort graduated in December 2010. The program was recently granted a 10-year accreditation by the CCNE. The department boasts a 100 percent job placement rate after graduation, and WIU students who take the National Council Licensure Exam have a 90 percent pass rate.

In 2016, the publication ranked Western as a 2016 Best Midwestern Regional University and the WIU School of Nursing as a 2016 Best Online RN to BSN Degree Program.

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