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Frostburg State University Bachelor’s in Nursing Ranks Fifth Nationally as a Best Buy

Frostburg State University Bachelor’s in Nursing Ranks Fifth Nationally as a Best Buy

Frostburg State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been ranked a “Best Buy” by, the consumer guide to online colleges, in its independent review of online nursing programs. FSU’s RN to BSN completion program ranked fifth among all competing options nationwide.

“Frostburg State is a national leader in developing critical educational lifelines for nurses. Their online nursing program is delivering high-quality, low-cost healthcare education where it is needed, when it is needed,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of “Frostburg uses online learning to allow practicing RNs to achieve their BSN degrees faster while remaining productive caretakers in their home communities. The University has developed an innovative localized system for supervised clinical practice that can and should be emulated by other nurse education programs.”

“’s ranking reflects the extraordinary value that FSU’s online nursing program represents,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “My thanks to Heather Gable, department chair of our nursing program, and the many fine faculty who have maintained high academic standards in creating this fully online, accredited BSN program.”

FSU’s BSN is a completion program designed for licensed registered nurses who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program is presented entirely online, except for required clinical hours, which can be completed in sites near students’ homes. It prepares its graduates to assume roles in leadership, complex clinical care coordination and public and community health, and provides the academic foundation for graduate study. It can be completed in as little as 18 months, depending on prerequisite courses.

“Our program fills an important gap for working professionals who have little time in their very busy lives. They can literally earn their BSN from anywhere in the country through this program, while still having real-time interaction with faculty," Gable said.

“We consistently strive to offer our students a quality education, while making it as affordable as possible for them to reach their goals,” said Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. FSU is continuing to pursue its next goal of developing and seeking approval for a Master of Science in Nursing program, also anticipated to be an online program. Its focus will be on preparing faculty members for collegiate nursing programs, a field experiencing a regional and national shortage, Hoffman said.

“This ranking for our RN to BSN program is consistent with the high quality of online education we produce and deliver at FSU. It supplements the ranking of our online, AACSB-accredited MBA program, which has been ranked by as No. 8 in the nation,” Gibralter said.

“The Frostburg system is a best-practices paradigm for the way universities of the future can act now to drastically reduce the shortage of RNs and nurse educators in remote and under-served areas across the United States,” Phillips said.

FSU’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To learn more about FSU’s RN to BSN program, visit, call 301-687-4141 or email

To view the list of “Best Buys” in online bachelor’s degrees in nursing, visit

The Get Educated Best Buy affordable online degree rankings are based on a comprehensive national survey of 29 regionally accredited colleges with accredited nursing schools that collectively offer 30 online BSN degrees. The rankings highlight the 18 top affordable online nursing degree programs for RNs nationwide. To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy ranking list, the online BSN degree profiled must objectively cost less than the average of all the online BSN degrees reviewed in the comprehensive national data set.

A million and a half online students visit annually seeking advice on “which” of 3,817-plus accredited online degree programs best meet their unique needs. The visitors report that affordability and value are their top concerns.

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE (1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-887-6791) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing and serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. For more information about CCNE, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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