UAB School of Nursing named top value master’s program in U.S.

The website says UAB finds the right balance between quality and affordability, without either being sacrificed for the other.

nursing studentsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing has been ranked No. 1 in the “Top 50 Best Value MSN Programs of 2015” by the website valuecolleges.com.

As the field of health care becomes more competitive, higher education and specialization are necessary to distinguish oneself in the job market. Many hospitals and health care facilities look to master’s- and doctorally prepared nurses as the nurse leaders of tomorrow.

“These are not just the schools with the best reputations on paper or the cheapest rates; they are the schools that find the right balance between quality and affordability, without either being sacrificed for the other,” Valuecolleges.com said about the list.

The School is specifically recognized for its corporate and medical partnerships, high-tech simulations labs, and impressive faculty.

The Master of Science in Nursing program features more than 15 specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration.

U.S. News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Nursing Schools for 2016, ranked the UAB School of Nursing 13th in the nation. This represents a significant leap for the School, which was listed 21st in the 2012 rankings, the last time Schools of Nursing were included in the Best Graduate Schools edition.

Additionally, three of the School’s MSN specialty tracks were ranked on reputation — Nursing Health Systems Administration is listed ninth, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 12th and Family Nurse Practitioner 14th.

Click here to view the valuecolleges.com rankings.

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