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College Choice Ranks WIU Nursing Program Among Best Online Programs

September 6, 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 again recognized the Western Illinois University School of Nursing as a 2017 Best Online RN to BSN Degree Program. Western is among two Illinois public university nursing programs ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

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.

"We are so pleased that the WIU School of Nursing continues to be recognized for its fine programs," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez. "We are proud of School of Nursing Director Lea Monahan and the school's faculty and staff who help provide an outstanding educational experience for our students."

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.

"We are thrilled that our program continues to be recognized by College Choice and others," Monahan added. "We have a great program for returning RNs, and for those individuals who wish to begin a career in nursing."

Earlier this year, College Choice recognized the WIU nursing program as one of the most affordable online BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degrees in the country.

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