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U.S. News ranks UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation nationally

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s online graduate nursing program was ranked among the best public universities in North Texas according to recently announced U.S. News & World Report rankings.

UTA ranked No. 75 among 170 online graduate nursing programs across the country. The program has improved from a No. 87 ranking in 2017.

The U.S. News 2019 online graduate program rankings are based on five categories: student engagement, faculty credentials, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technology.

“Our MSN online program uses innovative and dynamic methods to promote student success,” said John Gonzalez, chair of the graduate nursing program. “Courses are delivered in an asynchronous format to accommodate for students busy schedules. Experiential learning assignments, case-based scenarios, hands-on experiences, lectures and live webinar conferences are integrated into the MSN courses. Students are well prepared upon graduation with the foundational knowledge needed to enter advanced nursing practice. Our excellence is demonstrated by our newly graduated, online, Family Nurse Practitioner, students’ first time certification pass rate of 96 percent in 2017.”

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said nursing continues to be one of the most sought-after degrees, both among students and among industry.

“I am pleased to see national recognition of the excellence of our graduate programs in nursing,” Karbhari said. “This is a reflection of the commitment of our faculty to ensuring that UTA plays a leading role in not just addressing the issue of nursing shortages in Texas but does this in a way that ensures the highest level of academic rigor and quality of instruction and training. Our nurses are highly sought after by hospitals and health care providers across the state and nation, and this ranking further emphasizes the tremendous efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff.

Larry Gomez, who earned his MSN online from UTA in December 2017, said he liked the program because of its convenience and the responsiveness of the professors. He said found the program challenging and that appealed to him as well.

“I was a returning adult,” said Gomez, an emergency room nurse practitioner who also works as an EMS supervisor for the Houston Fire Department. “I had two jobs, a wife and three kids. I liked the convenience of being able to access the lectures and materials 24 hours a day. And the professors were great. They were so responsive to the needs of students. They were literarily a phone call, email or text away. They were quick to respond and very well organized.”

Gomez liked the program so much that he’s returning to UTA next month to pursue his doctor of nursing practice or DNP degree, a program that takes about two years to complete.

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) ranked No. 50 among master’s of nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools. It ranked No. 52 in the nation in its doctor of nursing practice programs, which is second best in the state.

Other accolades CONHI has achieved include:

  • No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation for veteran friendliness as ranked by College Factual. The rankings look for colleges that produce quality outcomes in nursing and offer support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive. 
  • CONHI is designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing for Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development.
  • No. 7 on the Top 20 Online Nursing Degree Programs list by in 2019.