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GSW is one of the top 10 most affordable online nursing programs

ATLANTA – A new study ranks Georgia Southwestern State University among the top 10 colleges with the most affordable online nursing programs.

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  • According to the study, the University of Louisiana at Monroe has the most cost-effective online nursing program in the country.
  • McNeese State University, Tallahassee Community College, Florida SouthWestern State College and Broward College round out the top five colleges for students looking to save money on their courses.
  • The study analyzed program length, pet loan costs and more to determine the most affordable online nursing programs in America.

New data has revealed the most cost-effective online nursing courses, with the University of Louisiana at Monroe coming out on top.

The research was conducted by a university ranking site Research.com, examined extensive data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Peterson’s Data (including the Distance Learning Licensed Data Set), College Scorecard, and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); including program length, tracks and concentrations, the cost per credit, the number of credits required to graduate, and the accreditations awarded to determine the most affordable colleges for online nursing students in America.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is the most economical college for online nursing programs. According to the study, the university’s program length is 14 months, each credit costs $200, and students must complete 120 credits to graduate. ULM offers an accelerated RN to BSN program, which is defined as a program for graduate registered nurses (RN) to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in a shorter period of time.

McNeese State University is in second place. The university’s curriculum is grounded in community health and evidence-based practices. The program lasts ten months and each credit costs between $233 and $300. The online course’s tracks and concentrations include a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Tallahassee Community College takes the bronze medal for the most cost-effective online nursing course. The four-year program is ideal for registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) who want to advance to higher-level jobs, including admission to leadership and management positions. The program offers the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

According to the study Florida SouthWestern State College is in fourth place. Those enrolled in the university’s online nursing program must complete 120 credits, which costs $125.71 for in-state students and $795.34 for out-of-state students. During the four terms required to complete the course, they will take coursework aimed at building on the foundations previously established by the registered nursing program, including professional topics, computer science, research, pathophysiology and more.

Broward College is the fifth most economical online nursing course in America. The program offers hybrid and distance courses, with credits costing $122.90 for in-state students and $243.30 for out-of-state students. Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditations are also offered.

Sixth is Georgia Southwestern State University. The program lasts one to two years and each credit costs between $159 and $199. Students must complete 120 credits before they can graduate. The course also offers a flexible online program for registered nurses who have already completed their diploma or associate degree in nursing and want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).

Table: The Most Affordable Colleges for Online Nursing Programs

Rank Secondary school Program length Traces and concentrations Cost per credit Required credits to graduate Accreditation
1 The University of Louisiana at Monroe 14 months RN-BSN, LPN-BSN, MSN $200 120 CCNE, SACSCOC
2 McNeese State University 10 months MSN, DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health $233-$300 120 CCNE, SACSCOC
3 Tallahassee Community College Four years N/A $100.83 – $128.51 120 ACEN, SACSCOC
4 Florida SouthWestern State College Four terms ASN $125.71 (in-state), $795.34 (out-of-state) 120 ACEN, SACSCOC
5 Broward College 12-18 months N/A $122.90 (in-state), $243.30 (out-of-state) 123 CCNE, SACSCOC
6 Georgia Southwestern State University One to two years MSN $159-$199 120 CCNE, SACSCOC
7 University of Central Florida One to three years RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD $179.19 (in-state), $715.80 (out-of-state) 120 CCNE, SACSCOC
8 Columbus State University A year MSN $199 123 CCNE, SACSCOC
9 Cleveland State University One year (online), two years (blended) MSN $237.30 (in-state), $240.30 (out-of-state) 120 CCNE, HLC
10 Florida International University A year DNP $235.57 (in-state), $648.87 (out-of-state) 120 CCNE, SACSCOC

The seventh best university is the University of Central Florida. According to the study, each college credit costs $179.19 for in-state students and $715.80 for out-of-state students. There are multiple tracks and concentrations that students can focus on, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD), which can take one to three years to complete at the university.

Next one, Columbus State University has America’s eighth most economical online nursing program. The one-year program allows registered nurses to efficiently and easily obtain a bachelor’s degree while practicing their profession. The credits cost $199 each, and students must complete 123 credits to graduate, with the opportunity to earn Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditations.

In ninth place, Cleveland State University offers a one-year online course and a two-year blended course for registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program offers a track and concentration in Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and holds Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditations.

Florida International University ranks as the university with the tenth most affordable online nursing program. The course – rooted in care and wellbeing across cultures, community health and nursing leadership – aims to prepare healthcare professionals to become leaders and experts in their fields. It takes students one year to complete the course; each credit costs $235.57 for in-state students and $648.87 for out-of-state students, and they must complete 120 credits to graduate.

Imed Bouchrika op Research.com responded to the findings:

“Because a bachelor’s degree in nursing costs anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000, it is important for aspiring students to weigh the benefits of each program. This study examines online nursing programs nationwide to determine the most cost-effective options. It is interesting to see that Florida universities dominate the top ten, with five of the ten universities listed in the Sunshine State.

“Further research has shown that online programs often integrate technology-driven modules and allow students to enroll based on availability or to balance studies with work commitments. On-campus programs, on the other hand, include in-person lectures and hands-on activities, creating a traditional academic atmosphere. As a result, students should consider their preferred learning style and limitations before committing to an online program.”

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