Regis College is pleased to announce that the university’s Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) has been named one of the Best Online Master’s Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News assessed schools in the Best Online Master’s Nursing Programs based on a variety of objective factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

“As an institution of higher learning with impressive outcomes for our nursing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, Regis is committed to addressing the ongoing healthcare workforce shortage across the country by forming future nurses through our exemplary programs,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Erina Driscoll, PhD.

“Our online MSN program imparts upon students the critical thinking skills necessary for future nurse practitioners to excel in the field while providing compassionate and quality patient care,” said Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.

Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year's edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor's and master's degree programs. The Best Online Programs include rankings of bachelor's programs as well as the following master's-level disciplines: MBA, business (non-MBA), computer information technology (including computer science), criminal justice/criminology, education, engineering, and nursing. While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning. The rankings only include degree-granting programs that are offered primarily online by regionally accredited institutions.

"Most of the undergraduate programs in the Best Online Programs rankings are degree completion programs, meaning the vast majority of their students already have some college credit," said Liana Loewus, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "The methodologies are developed with those students in mind, setting these rankings apart from those that are focused on recent high school graduates pursuing higher education for the first time."

Regis’ online MSN program is a virtual extension of the university’s highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Richard and Sheila Young School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The program offers nurse practitioner (NP) specialties in pediatrics, family practice, psychiatric mental health, women’s health, and both acute and primary care adult-gerontology.