American Sentinel University Ranks 41st for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

– American Sentinel University Among Best Online Schools in the Nation to Earn Graduate Nursing Degree –

AURORA, Colo. – March 11, 2014 – American Sentinel University ranked 41st in the nation for best online graduate nursing programs in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings among public and private universities. This was the first year the university was invited to participate.

Best Online Programs for Grad Nursing 2014The rankings are based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student support services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

“Health care is the nation’s fastest-growing industry and one that has undergone significant change in the past decade. With a call for transformational leaders capable of solving the health care crisis, coupled with a shortage of qualified nurses across the country, American Sentinel University understands the importance of offering market-relevant, high-quality post-licensure nursing programs designed to prepare nurses and health care professionals to meet the evolving needs of the country,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, dean of nursing programs at American Sentinel University. “It is an honor to have our efforts recognized by the U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

American Sentinel’s innovative approach to nursing education offers an impressive, flexible online nursing curriculum delivered by expert faculty with real-world health care experience. The university’s education platform leverages technology for more efficient and effective instruction that allows more nurses who want to advance their education to achieve their career goals.

“The curricula of our nursing programs are based on the competencies nurses need to be successful in today’s health care environment,” says Dr. Burckhardt.

Assignments and projects in the nursing programs involve ‘real world’ concerns and challenges. Dr. Burckhardt notes that students apply what they learn in class to their specific areas of employment and bring the challenges currently facing health care into the classroom for discussion. In many cases, practice-based experiences are completed by students in the location where they are employed.

“This ensures that students are doing more than ‘book learning’ and they are learning how to apply the experience they learn in class to their current health care environment,” adds Dr. Burckhardt.

American Sentinel offers students support services and other resources to help them navigate the university and make the most of their student experience to balance school, family and work.

The university’s student support services include:

  • new student online orientation,
  • dedicated student success advisors,
  • online tutoring services,
  • student resource center,
  • a writing resource center,
  • Schools App for connecting with classmates through social media,
  • online library services and access to virtual librarians accessible 24 hours a day.

American Sentinel currently offers 11 graduate nursing programs that includes: a Master of Science in Nursing with five specializations; a Master of Health Care Informatics; a MBA Health Care; and a DNP program with two tracks. Also, a certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is offered.

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Learn more about American Sentinel’s online nursing graduate degree programs.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.