Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs recognized in U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings

HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. —Purdue University Northwest (PNW) College of Nursing programs have been recognized among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released today.

PNW ranks 39th nationally among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Purdue Northwest’s online RN-to-BSN program, now in its 11th year, is one of the undergraduate degree programs offered by the PNW College of Nursing, a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence.

PNW also is ranked 77th nationally of Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs. A master’s degree in nursing can pave the way for more advanced roles in administration and leadership. PNW’s program has gained national recognition in only its second year.

“The PNW College of Nursing is proud to be recognized among our peers in higher education for the quality of our programs, the outstanding credentials of our faculty and the support and flexibility we offer to our students,” said Lisa Hopp, dean of the PNW College of Nursing. “Our programs are designed to meet the challenges of today’s health care environment as well as the needs of working nurses.

“Our top-50 ranking for our popular online RN-to-BSN program, and the recognition of our fast-growing online MSN program, show we are responding to those needs.”

Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

U.S. News ranks undergraduate online programs based on factors that weigh how the programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. The rankings are based on data each program reports to U.S. News and a peer reputation survey. The RN-to-BSN is the only 100 percent online degree offered by Purdue Northwest. PNW’s online degree ranked No. 39 in the country and received a score of 82 on a 100-point scale, sharing the position with eight other programs.

The following table shows PNW listed alongside some other comparably-rated online bachelor’s degree programs. (Please note these are not the complete listings. For the full listings please see