Ashland University Online Nursing Program Ranks as One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University Online Nursing Program Ranks as One of the Best in the Country

6/28/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s online RN to BSN nursing program has been ranked as one of the top programs in the country by Best College Reviews.

“We are very pleased that our online RN to BSN nursing program has been ranked as the 28th best online program in the country,” said Dr. Jackie Owens, associate professor of nursing at AU’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The ranking lists us as the top private school program in Ohio, as well as the third best public or private program behind only Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. Our program does offer flexibility for working professionals, creating a unique experience for our non-traditional, online BSN completion students.”

The Best College Reviews ranking, which was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database, ranks the top 50 online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs based on the following criteria:
- Tuition 
- U.S. News and World Report Recognition as a Top School for Online Bachelor's Programs
- Customization Options
- "Wow" Factor

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, earning a BSN is now the minimum educational requirement in nursing and more employers are demanding it. The online learning model has proven popular with professional nurses, particularly those who live far from campus or need to complete the RN to BSN transition on their own schedule.

Best College Reviews is an authoritative, objective and editorially independent online college review journal. The site is committed to providing students with the best, most trustworthy guidance for making what may be the biggest decision of their lives. Comprehensive resources include college rankings, information about online colleges, features and a blog. The full article can be viewed at:

Below is the ranking of the top 50 online RN to BSN programs for 2018:
1. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Oklahoma City, OK
2. The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
3. Penn State University-World Campus - University Park, PA
4. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR
5. Florida International University - Miami, FL
6. Fort Hays State University - Hays, KS
7. Sam Houston State University - Huntsville, TX
8. University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
9. California University of Pennsylvania - California, PA
10. University of Nebraska - Omaha, NE
11. Brandman University - Irvine, CA
12. Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
13. University of North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, NC
14. University of North Florida - Jacksonville, FL
15. Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, OK
16. Pace University - New York, NY
17. Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA
18. Columbia College - Columbia, MO
19. University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Lafayette, LA
20. State University of New York (SUNY) Delhi - Delhi, NY
21. University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, CO
22. Herzing University - Menomonee Falls, WI
23. Sacred Heart University - Fairfield, CT
24. California State University Dominguez Hills -  Carson, CA
25. University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH
26. Slippery Rock University - Slippery Rock, PA
27. South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD

28. Ashland University - Ashland, OH

29. Upper Iowa University - Fayette, IA
30. University of South Carolina Aiken - Aiken, SC
31. Chatham University - Pittsburgh, PA
32. Lamar University - Beaumont, TX
33. Loyola University New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
34. University of West Florida - Pensacola, FL
35. Belhaven University - Jackson, MI
36. Liberty University - Lynchburg, VA
37. Concordia University, St. Paul - St. Paul, MN
38. University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
39. Appalachian State University - Boone, NC
40. Duquesne University - Pittsburgh, PA
41. Northwestern College - Orange City, IA
42. Campbellsville University - Campbellsville, KY
43. Thomas Edison State University - Trenton, NJ
44. North Carolina Central University - Durham, NC
45. Allen College - Waterloo, IA
46. East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
47. University of Toledo - Toledo, OH
48. Marian University - Indianapolis, IN
49. Oakland University - Rochester, MI
50. Fitchburg State University - Fitchburg, MA

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###