Fresno State’s School of Nursing has been ranked among the best 25 nursing programs in the nation – this according to Nurse Journal’s 2015 Western Rankings for America’s Best Nursing Schools. Fresno State ranked No. 24 out of 442 other nursing programs nationwide.
A total of 18 nursing programs in the CSU, including Fresno State, were recognized for providing an affordable, quality education.
“It has long been the practice here in the School of Nursing at Fresno State to deliver quality nursing education to the premiere students selected for entry to our baccalaureate program,” said Dr. F. Ndidi Griffin-Myers, chair in the School of Nursing. “The faculty are highly educated and current in practice within their chosen specialty areas. There has always been a collaborative, collegial and congenial relationship among faculty and students resulting in an overwhelmingly large number of students returning for advanced nursing education in our master’s and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. We are bold in our educational delivery and in our practice. Everyday our students are making a difference.”
The School of Nursing at Fresno State offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate level, preparing nurse leaders to meet the needs of the Central Valley region and beyond. Students are able to practice their clinical skills in on-campus state of the art nursing skills laboratories and mobile clinical sites, as well as gain theory and research-based knowledge through fully equipped classrooms and online courses.
NurseJournal.org, a social networking website for nurses and healthcare professionals, evaluated over 400 schools in five categories to determine the rankings. In addition to Fresno State, other California State University (CSU) nursing programs that made the top 25 on the list included Chico, San Marcos, Los Angeles, Fullerton and Long Beach.
“We want to help students choose the nursing program that is best for them,” said Beth Parker, Nurse Journal’s special projects coordinator. “The interactive table on our website is sorted by overall score, but you can click on the column headings to find the most affordable schools, or the most convenient—whichever metric matters most.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for all registered nursing will grow over 30 percent in the next decade, which is faster than average when compared to other occupations. The CSU graduates 44 percent of all health or medical related bachelor’s students and 37 percent of all master’s students in the state.