Three of the online doctoral-level programs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing have been recognized as among the best in the country.
EduMed.org, a national website that focuses on programs across more than 60 medical and health fields, ranked the UTC Nurse Practitioner and the BSN-to-DNP Bridge programs at No. 19 and the Nurse Practitioner program at No. 16 as one of the country’s most affordable.
“It was very gratifying to see that our doctoral programs are attracting attention across the country,” said Dr. Chris Smith, director of the UTC School of Nursing. “With the availability of excellent online programs, such as our DNP: Nursing Administration Systems and post-master’s concentrations, we are able to reach out to any nurse anywhere in the country to offer these opportunities for advanced nursing education.
“Our Nurse Practitioner programs also were recognized for the appropriate mix of face-to-face and online instruction. We believe we offer options that meet the needs of almost any nurse who wishes to earn a doctorate.”
Data for the rankings was taken from the latest Integrated Postsecondary Education System Data System, which uses information provided by the institutions.
The data categories are:
- Online Programs—Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.
- Online Student Percentage—Number of total students enrolled in at least one online course in the relevant subject area.
- Tuition—Average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time.
- Academic Counseling—Availability of this service on campus or online.
- Career Placement Services—Availability of these services on campus or online.
- Student/Faculty Ratio
The EduMed.org recognition came a couple of weeks after the School of Nursing hosted a Tennessee Department of Health presentation, titled “Hemodialysis Infection Prevention Simulation.”
The program, which took place Oct. 17, was designed by the TDH to help educate hemodialysis nurses, technicians and staff in their efforts to reduce overall dialysis infections. The 20 attendees earned continuing education credits.
“We were thrilled to be able to offer the space for this workshop in our Skills Lab here on campus,” Smith said. “With the students on fall break, this was a perfect time to open our facility to nurses from across the community as they renewed their skills in hemodialysis.”