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Ranking: WSSU has #1 online nursing program in North Carolina

WSSU nursing graduates are recognized on stage during the December 2018 School of Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony. 

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has the no. 1 online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in North Carolina, according to a new ranking.

The ranking, from the advocacy website, factors in the overall quality, flexibility and cost of nursing programs across North Carolina.

“It’s always good to see WSSU’s Division of Nursing recognized for our commitment to excellence," said Dr. Cecil Holland, associate dean and chief operating officer of nursing for WSSU. "This is testimony to the persistence of our faculty to make our programs the best."

Now that the RN-to-BSN option is 100% online, it’s even more convenient for working nurses to earn their baccalaureate degree and advance their careers, Holland said.

This is one of two recent accolades for WSSU’s nursing program. Last month, the website ranked WSSU one of the top 10 universities in North Carolina for nursing.

“A focus for Winston-Salem State University is getting students a career after graduating,” the website notes. “Finding a job will be relatively easy for graduates of their BSN program.”

The ranking from – selected by professional RNs – is based on reputation, NCLEX pass rate, tuition, acceptance rate.

WSSU has been a leader in nursing education for more than 60 years, and the RN-to-BSN option has been helping RNs take the next stop in their careers for nearly 30 years. WSSU is the largest producer of BSNs for African Americans in North Carolina.

Other Recent Program Rankings

WSSU academic programs have also received these recent accolades. 

Graphic Design
WSSU ranks no. 5 in North Carolina on Animation Career Review’s rankings of the “Top Graphic Design School Programs in North Carolina for 2019.”

The rankings are based on academic reputation, value added as it relates to tuition and indebtedness; admissions selectivity; and depth and breadth of the program, according to the website. WSSU is the only HBCU on the list.

WSSU offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a concentration in computer graphics through its Department of Art + Visual Studies. Students in the program must complete a studio practice and complete an internship. They also participate in the senior exhibit at Diggs Gallery prior to graduating.

The publication surveyed more than 700 colleges and universities for its annual rankings.

Healthcare Management
WSSU’s healthcare management program is among the best in the nation, according to the The Bachelor’s Degree Center's “25 Best Healthcare Administration Degree Programs for 2019" rankings.

WSSU is the only North Carolina-based university to rank. The ranking is based on reputation, cost, graduate employment and graduation rate, according to the publication.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. 

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