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July 17, 2020

Northwest RN to BSN program ranks among best in country

Northwest Missouri State University’s online RN to BSN program is one of the best nursing education programs in the nation, according to, a resource connecting students with information about education, training and financial aid opportunities in healthcare and medical support.

Northwest ranks No. 20 on EduMed’s list of 50 RN to BSN programs.

EduMed created its ranking by researching more than 7,700 accredited schools, using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. Schools offering at least part of their nursing program online and holding an active regional accreditation were then ranked according to seven core metrics. Schools with the best combinations of online learning opportunity, affordability and student support earned top honors.

“Our Northwest nursing team works diligently to ensure that we provide the best online RN to BSN program for working nurses,” Brooke McAtee, the director of the nursing program at Northwest, said. “This ranking acknowledges our hard work and dedication to nursing student success. Our team continues to meet and exceed goals by upholding Northwest’s mission of focusing on student success – every student every day.”

Northwest relaunched its nursing program in 2018 as an online RN to BSN program in response to an increased demand for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This year, the program obtained nursing accreditation status from the National League for Nursing’s Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. 

Northwest’s program is designed as a student-centered program that is conducive to the working nurse’s schedule and provides opportunity for nurses to advance in their professional roles at a state, national and international level. It emphasizes the importance of leadership skills in all service areas.

The RN-BSN program consists of seven-week sessions, enabling students to complete the program in less than a year. Students also have the opportunity to earn a nurse manager certificate through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Additionally, Northwest will begin offering a 30-hour online Master of Science in Nursing this fall. The program will offer 15 hours of core classes with the remaining 15 hours completed in one of two tracks – nurse executive and administration, or nurse educator.

To learn more about Northwest’s online RN-BSN program visit, call 660.562.1973 or email


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