Miami's online RN-BSN nursing program ranks among best in country

Tablet with a stethoscope around itby Carole Johnson, university news and communications (Source Miami OH News)

Miami University's RN-BSN online nursing completion program is one of the best in the country, according to a new ranking by College Choice.

The online publication lists Miami's program No. 13 in a list of the Top 50, describing it as "extremely flexible."

College Choice editors commend the coursework electives, which "… guide a nurse through understanding the administrative challenges of working in the health care industry."

The editors also noted the electives "strengthen that nurse's skills to come up with solutions that could benefit their workplace."

May graduate Rebecca Zamborsky said she received great exposure to the different parts of health care that nurses typically do not receive.

One example is through a capstone project. She developed a proposal for health outreach and learned the ins and outs of program development.

"It covered everything. It was a lot to think about. It exposed you to a lot of different things —budgets, timetables and details like oversight committees," she said. "I had a great feeling of satisfaction when I completed it."

Students can manage their busy lives with flexible online course schedule

Among the several nursing programs offered at Miami Regionals' department of nursing, the online RN-BSN completion program provides registered nurses the ability to manage their studies along with their family and professional responsibilities. All 12 nursing courses required to complete the bachelor of science in nursing degree are available entirely online.

Miami's BSN program, also available only at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses, prepares graduates for leadership and management roles, including school nurse, research associate and occupational health nurse, among other career paths.

The department of nursing also offers a pre-licensure, full-time, four-year curriculum at its Hamilton and Middletown campuses. Although Miami does not yet offer a master's degree in nursing, students with a bachelor's of science in nursing often become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, educators, researchers and administrators.

Miami's program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.