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ULM nursing program rated in Top 10 in U.S.

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Kitty Degree School of Nursing has been ranked as the number nine nursing school in the nation by CollegeAtlas.org in its “A-List,” or list of top United States Nursing Schools for 2014.

ULM was the only school in the state to make the top 10, and was one of only two schools in the south to make the top 10.

“To be informed of yet another accolade earned by one of our programs carries a sense of pride for me and our community,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. “Our service region and employers who utilize ULM’s healthcare professionals should be pleased that our grads and our program are viewed as some of the best in the country.”

According to the methodology, the “A-Lists” of CollegeAtlas.org were created to provide a fresh, unbiased look at college ranking systems. Instead of highlighting elite, exclusive, or expensive schools that cater to the few, the “A-Lists” were created with a focus on affordability and accessibility in addition to academic quality.

Academic quality rankings were assessed by “an institution’s categorization and rank published in the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings. This takes into account a significant number of factors and is generally considered the gold standard for college rankings emphasizing academic quality and reputation.”

Nursing schools were judged on four main criteria: their cost of attendance, their acceptance rate and enrollment size, their academic quality, and their nursing rankings.

According to CollegeAtlas.org, ULM’s nursing ranking was based on the university’s overall “A-List” score as well as its NCLEX-RN pass rate. The NCLEX-RN pass rate validates that those who graduate with a nursing degree are able to pass their board tests and practice as nurses. Using a custom algorithm to blend these attributes, the “A-List” nursing rankings reveal colleges and universities across the country which offer unbeatable nursing programs.

With a 91.3 percent acceptance rate and a top 10 percent board exam pass rate combined with relatively small class sizes and average cost of in-state attendance, ULM cemented its place at number nine on the list.

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