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WSSU’s RN to BSN program ranks No. 1 in nation

Winston-Salem State University’s online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is now the best in the nation after being ranked no. 3 in 2019.

According to, WSSU’s program has an innovative curriculum that is affordable and highly flexible for registered nurses who want to advance their nursing education quickly.

“In just one year of study, students enrolled in Winston-Salem State University’s online RN to BSN program can have their bachelor’s degree in hand,” the website notes. determines the rankings for the “Best Online RN to BSN Programs” by measuring the program’s overall quality, completion rate, cost, and number of tenured faculty - to name a few.

“The no. 1 ranking reflects the Division of Nursing’s commitment to educational excellence and student success,” says Kimya Nance, coordinator of Online RN-BSN and LPN-BSN. The ranking reaffirms with our community of interest the added educational value of a baccalaureate degree obtained through the RN to BSN option at Winston-Salem State University.”

WSSU’s nursing department, along with Enrollment Management, has put ongoing emphasis on quality improvement measures. This year, they implemented a shared management model that focused on specific management areas within the RN to BSN option. Nance believes that the new ranking is reflective of that effort.

“Our collaborative approach to the overall management of the option has enabled the team to make great strides in academic advisement, student retention, and teaching and learning practices,” says Nance.

Winston-Salem State is one of four institutions in the University of North Carolina System to make the top 10 list, with Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington being in the top three.

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 step in their careers for nearly 30 years. WSSU is the largest producer of BSNs for African Americans in North Carolina.

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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