Southeastern Nursing Program ranked on ‘Top Value’ list

Friday, December 18, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND –  Southeastern Louisiana University’s online program that helps registered nurses earn their bachelor degrees has been ranked among the  nation’s top 50 most affordable online nursing programs for 2016.
    The program was ranked 22nd among 50 top accredited online nursing programs in the U.S. by, which compares programs based on tuition and net cost. The Southeastern program provides registered nurses, who may have an associate’s degree or diploma from a licensed school, the opportunity to continue taking courses online, while earning credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
    “This ranking is intended to provide registered nurses with information about affordable schools that meet their needs and help them fulfill their career aspirations,” said Tim Otto, editor of “Top RN to BSN,” which publishes the rankings to help students find the right college for their careers.
    “We are pleased for the recognition that Southeastern has earned for offering a strong and valuable opportunity for nurses seeking to advance their careers by earning an undergraduate degree,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The demands of careers in nursing increasingly require more advanced preparation. In this program, we try to make every accommodation available to our students, while maintaining our high level of quality instruction.”
    Eileen Creel, School of Nursing department head, noted that higher educational attainment in nursing usually translates to higher salaries and greater opportunities for advancement.
    Currently there are 90 active students enrolled in Southeastern’s RN-BS degree program, said Creel. The program, which started in 2008, has seen more than 130 students graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
    Last year, the program was ranked among the top 50 best value RN to BSN programs for 2015 by, a different online ranking of academic programs
    Creel said in addition to a traditional undergraduate nursing school program, where students receive clinical training at area hospitals and medical facilities, Southeastern also offers a program for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to attain a bachelor’s degree, as well as an accelerated program for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in any field.
    Southeastern also offers master’s degrees and a doctorate in nursing practice, which can be taken online.

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