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Jan 12, 2017

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Nationally Recognized by Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

College Ranked No. 1 in Florida for ‘Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs’ and ‘Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans’


BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 12, 2017) — The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University is listed in the 2017 national rankings for the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” and the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans” by the U.S. News & World Report. The College is ranked No. 43 nationally and No. 1 in Florida on the list of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” and is ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 1 in Florida on the list of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans.”

In spring 2016, the college also was ranked by the magazine as one of the “Top 50 Best Graduate Nursing Programs” in the nation for its Master of Science Nursing (MSN) program and its Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program. 

“We are delighted to once again join the ranks of prestigious institutions nationwide to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our innovative and cutting-edge programs and our outstanding faculty,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., R.N., dean of FAU’s College of Nursing. “Our online graduate nursing programs are vital for students and working adults who are determined to complete their nursing degrees or want to advance their careers, and we are proud to provide access to quality online graduate education to our deserving veterans.”

For the 2017 edition of the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked schools based on five general categories: faculty credentials and training (25 percent); student engagement (20 percent); admissions selectivity (20 percent); peer reputation (20 percent); and student services and technology (15 percent).

Veterans and active-duty service members gain the most from distance education that is affordable, accessible and reputable. The “2017 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans” ranking is based on program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates, graduate debt load and enrollment of a critical mass of students with military backgrounds.

FAU’s College of Nursing’s online master of science degree programs include Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, a 37-39 credit program designed to advance nursing leadership and financial management skills; Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), a 33 credit program focused on care coordination and improving the quality of patient care outcomes and qualifying students to sit for the clinical nurse leader certification examination; and Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN), a 33 credit concentration designed to advance knowledge of contemporary views of healing and holistic nursing practice grounded in caring with role development in health and wellness coaching, allowing students to earn a master of science degree in nursing and qualifying them to sit for board certification in Advanced Holistic Nursing (AHN-BC) and Health and Wellness Nurse Coaching (HWNC-BC).

FAU’s College of Nursing is internationally known for its commitment to nursing as a discipline focused on nurturing the wholeness of persons and the environment through Caring. The College advances Caring knowledge through education, practice, research and scholarship to transform care locally, nationally and globally. Currently, the College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and Ph.D. degree programs with approximately 1,600 nursing students enrolled in its programs. For more information, visit


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit