Fitchburg State University has been named one of today’s best schools for online higher education in healthcare by EduMed.org. Fitchburg State’s online programs in the medical field earned top honors for their overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success.
Read the full rankings here:
- Best Online Nursing Programs in Massachusetts
- Best RN to BSN Programs Online
- Best Nursing Programs Online
- Most Affordable RN to BSN Online Programs
- Most Affordable Online Nursing Programs
“Our rankings showcase the schools giving future nurses and allied health professionals the best chance to succeed from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” said Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for EduMed.org. “This starts with low-cost tuition, but also includes academic counseling, career placement and other key resources that students need to graduate and get hired.”
“Like our other national rankings that recognize Fitchburg State’s commitment to quality, accessibility, and upward social mobility, this acknowledgment is a testament to the work of our dedicated team and its focus on student success,” University President Richard S. Lapidus said. “We are proud that our exceptional online programs are recognized for preparing healthcare professionals to serve their communities.”
Fitchburg State's online nursing programs include:
- Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Online Master of Science in Nursing (Forensic)
- Online Forensic Nursing Graduate Certificate
EduMed.org’s rankings come at a time when the demand for trained healthcare professionals is on the rise. According to Mercer, a global consulting leader in healthcare, the U.S. will see millions of vacancies in critical healthcare positions by 2025. Nurse practitioner, nursing assistant and home health aide roles stand to experience some of the greatest shortages over the next three years and beyond.
“One key to solving the healthcare shortage is making higher education more accessible,” said Harris. “Online programs open the door to students who may not be able to commit to a campus-based program while working, or to commute to a classroom at all. Each school in our rankings has made online learning a priority.”
EduMed.org researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each healthcare discipline. Primary data points include:
- Academic counseling services
- Career placement services
- Student-to-faculty ratio
- Percent of students receiving school-based financial aid
- Amount of school-based aid per student
To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Just 8 percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.
EduMed.org (https://www.edumed.org) set out in 2018 to support higher education in healthcare. Our complimentary resource materials are expert-driven guidebooks help students find scholarships, financial aid and top degree programs in nursing, healthcare administration, public health, and dozens of other key medical and health disciplines. Since the site’s official launch in 2019, EduMed.org has been featured by more than 100 premier colleges and universities across the U.S.