Northwestern's nursing program ranked among top 20 in nation

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Northwestern's nursing program ranked among top 20 in nation

A national online publication has ranked the nursing program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as one of the nation’s best.

In its national rankings released this week, ranked Northwestern’s nursing program at No. 18, based on academic quality, affordability and accessibility, as well as what percent of nursing graduates pass their board certification tests (NCLEX-RN).

Northwestern was the only school from Oklahoma to make the top 20, and ranked just below the University of Kansas. Other schools on the list included the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Iowa and the University of Utah.

“We’re obviously very pleased that our nursing program is receiving national recognition,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “Our nursing program is vitally important to healthcare in rural Oklahoma, and the fact that Northwestern is recognized alongside much larger, nationally known universities, is significant.”

“Thanks to a dedicated faculty, supportive donors and hard-working students, the stature of our Division of Nursing is growing.”

Graduates of Northwestern’s nursing program have achieved 100 percent pass rates on the NCLEX-RN exam in three of the past four years. says Northwestern’s pass rates are in the top 5 percent nationally.

Among the top 20 schools on the list, Northwestern ranked second, behind only Brigham Young University, in the cost of in-state tuition.

“As a university, one of our great advantages is the combination of academic quality and affordability,” Cunningham said. “Students considering a career as a nurse should take a very close look at what our nursing program has to offer them.”

The complete list of top nursing schools is available at
For more information about Northwestern’s nursing program, please visit or contact Dr. Shelly Wells, chair, at (580) 327-8489or