School of Nursing recognized for student success and academic value
Millikin University's School of Nursing has been named one of the top 75 nursing programs in the Great Lakes region according to a ranking released by Nursing Schools Almanac.
More than 3,000 institutions offering nursing degrees were evaluated by Nursing Schools Almanac on three critical dimensions: the institution's academic prestige and perceived value; the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; and student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam. Schools from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin were included in the Great Lakes region rankings.
In its website feature, Nursing Schools Almanac notes Millikin traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates scored an 86 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past decade, while Master's Entry into Nursing Practice: Prelicensure graduates have achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate.
"Millikin University is thrilled to have its School of Nursing appraised with distinction in the Nursing Schools Almanac's annual rankings using data gleaned from over 3,000 nursing programs across the United States," said Dr. Deborah Slayton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at Millikin. "Millikin University, itself, consistently receives prestigious national and regional rankings for its curricular and co-curricular programing. Routinely, Millikin is recognized for its marketplace value to our graduates and for its affordability through its financial aid commitment to our current and prospective students."
Millikin University's School of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs.
The BSN program has both a traditional prelicensure pathway and an online RN to BSN pathway. The MSN program has a track for registered nurses who already hold a BSN degree, as well as a Master's Entry into Nursing Practice: Prelicensure (MENP-PL) track for aspiring nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. The DNP has four options: BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia, BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, and DNP completion for advanced practice registered nurses. A school nurse certificate is also available.
"The breadth and the depth of the curricular offerings in the School of Nursing include the baccalaureate degree for individuals seeking to become professional nurses as well as the delivery of a flexible program for professional registered nurses prepared in community college programs to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees," said Dr. Slayton. "Our Master of Science in Nursing program helps to ameliorate the nursing shortage by increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty in the region and by increasing the number of highly qualified nurses at the bedside, in part through the delivery of a unique curriculum for individuals who have earned degrees in other disciplines to earn their first nursing degree at the master's level. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides didactic and practice preparation to become advanced practice nurses as nurse anesthetists or family nurse practitioners."
Millikin's School of Nursing announced a new Family Nurse Practitioner degree option within its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in March 2018. The School of Nursing enrolled its first Family Nurse Practitioner cohort in January.
"We are proud of our 2018 ranking with the Almanac," said Dr. Slayton. "We are especially proud, however, of the consistent excellence demonstrated by the Millikin University School of Nursing in providing excellence in nursing care and patient advocacy in communities far flung in this country and abroad."
Nursing Schools Almanac provides aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school.