Nursing program receives top ranking

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 4, 2015) – Best College Reviews has ranked Upper Iowa University’s Online RN to BSN program as the 20th best in the nation. UIU was the only Iowa university to be ranked in the top 20. An independent college search and rankings website, Best College Reviews ranked University of Massachusetts – Amherst as the top university to offer such programming.

“We believe this ranking is a testament to the attention UIU pays to providing a quality, cost-effective education to our nursing students,” said Upper Iowa University director of nursing/department chairperson Virginia Wangerin. “We sincerely believe our program makes a difference by encouraging our students to become better nurses. As UIU graduates, they will be readily prepared to improve safety and quality of care at their respective place of employment.  In addition, they are prepared to enter graduate school to advance in their profession.”

The criteria for ranking the best online RN to BSN programs were based on the following:

  • Affordability ­- The estimated average cost of the program after RN or Associate’s degree credits are transferred.
  • Academic Quality of Parent Institution - The ranking of the program’s parent institution according to US News.
  • Flexibility - Whether the program is fully online and the number of tracks through which the program can be completed.

Best College Reviews noted UIU offers a hybrid and fully online RN to BSN program that is not self-paced, although it may be taken as full-time or part-time programs. Classes start every eight weeks, with new terms starting at the same increments, for a total of six terms per year.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit

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