Southeastern earns top honors for online programs in advanced practice nursing


Thursday, December 2, 2021 1:36:25 PM CST
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has been recognized nationally for online learning in advanced practice nursing by, an organization that produces free resource material and expert-driven guidebooks to help students find scholarships, financial aid, and top degree programs in nursing, healthcare administration, public health, and dozens of other key medical and health disciplines.
     Southeastern was named one of 2021’s best schools for online programs and courses in advance practice nursing. Only eight percent of colleges and universities across the country earned a position in one of’s higher education rankings.
     Southeastern was ranked for online program excellence in psychiatric mental health, doctor of nurse practitioner, and most affordable psychiatric nurse practitioner.
     “We set out to find the advanced practice nursing programs that are making online education a priority,” said founder of Wes Ricketts. “Each program in our rankings has a winning combination of flexibility, affordability, academic rigor and student support.”
     Southeastern’s recognition comes at a time when students across the country are taking more of their courses either fully or partially online. According to data from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in online courses increased by 93 percent between fall 2019 and fall 2020. Nearly two-thirds of college students took at least one online course in 2020.
     “COVID-19 forced many schools to rapidly expand their online programs to meet increased student demand,” said Ricketts. “The advanced practice nursing programs that offer the best and most convenient online learning options stand to benefit the most from the mass transition to higher education online.” researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying advanced practice nursing programs.
     Primary data points included the following: number of online programs in advanced practice nursing; online program tuition and fees; access to academic counseling; access to career placement services; number of online students; and percentage of students with institutional aid.
     To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially or fully online program in the ranking subject.
     The report can be found online at
     Southeastern, the third largest public university in the state with more than 14,000 students, offers 44 undergraduate degree and 23 graduate degree programs, including two doctoral programs. The university offers over 150 programs of study.

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