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MSN Program Ranked in Top 15 Nationally

by Karina Brady, Student Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s Master of Science in Nursing program is one of the best in the country, according to

In a recent ranking, Cedarville’s M.S.N. was ranked No. 15 (out of 50 programs). The national ranking puts Cedarville's program second to Ohio State University among Ohio institutions, but ahead of national powers like the University of Missouri, Florida State University, and the University of Southern California. The top five M.S.N. programs are St. Xavier University, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina Greensboro, and the University of Kansas. Cedarville also ranked best in “flexibility.”

“The majority of our students depend on part-time or full-time employment, and the flexibility of an online learning environment allows the graduate students to work and take courses simultaneously,” said Dr. Joy Higginbotham, Cedarville University assistant dean of graduate programs and assistant professor of nursing.

Cedarville has the highest-ranked M.S.N. program among all Christian universities in the country.

“Cedarville University’s M.S.N. program and curriculum prepare graduate students for advanced nursing practice roles and to use nursing as a ministry for Jesus Christ,” said Higginbotham. “We maintain academic excellence through diverse expertise of the faculty and low student-faculty ratios.”

Cedarville strives to build community within its online graduate programs. Many M.S.N. courses include interactive sessions for students to connect with their professors and peers.

“The M.S.N. program continually improves and is successful as the result of Dr. Higginbotham's astute leadership, expert M.S.N. faculty collaborative efforts and a supportive graduate culture at Cedarville,” said Dr. Angelia Mickle, Cedarville University professor and dean of nursing.

Cedarville offers three online M.S.N. programs: nurse educator, family nurse practitioner and global public health nursing. Each program is offered for part-time or full-time completion, and all courses are online and biblically based. Students gain real-world experience by completing clinicals or practicums where they apply learned concepts and collaborate with nursing faculty and professionals.

For more information about Cedarville’s M.S.N., visit 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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