The University of Texas at Tyler graduate nursing programming is recognized as being the best in Texas by U.S. News and World Report, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

In the 2016 ‘Best Online Nursing Programs’ edition, UT Tyler master’s and doctoral degree programs are ranked seventh nationwide out of all online graduate nursing programs surveyed.

Moving up two rankings from last year’s report, the university is the highest ranked Texas institution listed. UT Tyler has surpassed Michigan State University, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, UT Arlington and Texas Christian University, among others.

“Our nursing programs have long been a cornerstone of excellence here at UT Tyler. We are dedicated to producing quality, well-trained nurses to meet the great need in our region and our state, and to be ranked among the best in the U.S. is a great honor. The faculty and staff in our College of Nursing and Health Sciences are next to none, and this well-deserved honor proves that their hard work has resulted in a national reputation for this program,” President Mabry said.

U.S. News and World Report evaluated only regionally accredited schools that met the federal standard of 100 percent online course delivery. Rankings are based upon student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

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UT Tyler’s programming within the School of Nursing focuses on community health and prepares future nurse leaders, educators, advanced practitioners and researchers. Courses are flexible with a student focus, while addressing the challenges of a changing health care environment.

UT Tyler measures its success by the accomplishments of its graduates who serve as executive officers of large health care institutions, educators in universities and colleges and practitioners and consultants in rural clinics, government agencies and urban medical centers.

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One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 8,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.