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UTA ranked No. 12 nationally in RN-to-MSN online program by

Thursday, February 14, 2019 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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UTA program ranked high for both quality, affordability

Besides being one of the best nursing programs for non-traditional students and veterans in the country, The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation also has one of the best online RN-to-MSN degree plans in the nation, according to

To rank the Top 25 Online RN to MSN Programs 2019, the website’s editors searched out fully online, hybrid and low-residency MSN programs offered by regionally accredited colleges and universities.

“This ranking is an affirmation of our commitment to providing a high-quality program at an affordable price,” said Elizabeth Merwin, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. “We are delighted that our students receive a good return on their investment. Our faculty and staff are gratified to be part of a program that combines quality and affordability.”

The UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation enrolls more than 19,000 students.

In addition, UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranked No. 25 nationally in 2019 Best Value rankings for master’s of science degrees in nursing programs, according to Value Colleges.

“By being innovative and accessible, we’ve been able to meet our state’s need for nursing professionals because of the access we provide as well as the successful partnerships we’ve forged with hospitals and healthcare organizations,” Merwin said. “These partnerships are key to our success and played a vital role in making a UTA nursing degree accessible to everyone, particularly returning veterans and other non-traditional students,” she said. 

Steve Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, said, “Being ranked among the most affordable nursing schools in the country as well as one of the best affirms that UTA’s partnerships with DFW area hospitals and health organizations is working. We know that UTA nursing graduates enter the workforce with strong credentials, prepared to conduct research, teach college-level nursing classes and take leadership roles in government agencies and private organizations.” ranked the top 25 according to four factors: graduate nursing school ranking according to U.S. News & World Report, student reviews according to current Niche ratings, cost under current Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data and return on investment according to College Scoreboard’s alumni survey data. See for more information on the rankings.

Value Colleges considers several factors in determining the rankings. Schools must be accredited by one of the two main nursing education bodies, and there must also be a balance of quality and affordability. Thus, the ranking reflects Value Colleges conclusion, based on its research, that the nursing programs on the list will provide students with a proven return on their educational investment.

See for more information on the Value Colleges rankings.

-- Written by Richard Hill