DANBURY, Connecticut — Online nursing website nurseeducator.com has released its annual rankings of the Best Ed.D. in Nursing Education programs in the U.S., and Western Connecticut State University is in the top three.
WCSU’s Ed.D. in Nursing program was the only program in Connecticut and the only one in the Northeast that earned a ranking; the other Top-3 schools are in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The ranking selection criteria included: acceptance and completion rates of the program; years of experience/tenure of faculty; accreditation status; the size of the school/department; competitiveness of the institution; annual tuition and program costs in relation to the local cost of living; and the diversity of programs offered.
Professor of Nursing Dr. Linda Warren, coordinator of WCSU’s Ed.D. in Nursing program, said, “It’s gratifying that our program has been highly ranked by this nursing website. We’ve worked hard to create a doctoral program that addresses the country’s critical shortage of nurses by preparing nurse-educators to instruct the next generation of care providers. By offering the majority of the coursework online, we’ve made the program accessible so nurses who are currently employed can continue their important work while they simultaneously elevate their careers to become nurse-educators.”
The nurseeducator.com website described WCSU as “a public university … that offers a range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including an Ed.D. in Nursing Education. It is an affordable, accredited university with a commitment to providing high-quality education and engaging student experiences.”
WCSU’s Ed.D. in Nursing program is licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.