Illinois State University’s online nursing program is ranked as one of the Best Online Nursing Programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

“We are pleased to be recognized nationally for our online Nursing Systems Administration Program,” said Mennonite College of Nursing Acting Dean H. Catherine Miller. “We have outstanding faculty members who are experts in online teaching, and we have a commitment to prepare outstanding nurses to lead in an era of growth and change.”

The online nursing program is ranked 93rd on the list, and is the only public institution in Illinois to be ranked.

This is the first time Illinois State has been ranked in the Best Online Nursing Programs survey.  U.S. News defines a nursing-distance education program as a program for which all required nonclinical courses can be completed via distance-education courses that incorporate Internet-based learning technologies.

Schools were ranked in five general categories; including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. Other considerations included graduation rate, class size, tenured faculty and student debt.

The complete rankings are available online at