The 2019 Best Online Colleges By State rankings represents the online schools in each state that have the highest return on investment. All regionally accredited schools were analyzed based on two factors highly important to prospective students: median mid-career salary data and manually researched tuition rates.
Based on annual tuition and alumni salaries, AB ranked first in West Virginia for having an affordable tuition rate of $9,300 each year and the highest median salary of $91,000.
Alderson Broaddus offers two online programs: a bachelor’s degree completion program for licensed registered nurses (RN to BSN) and a master’s degree in teacher leader.
“This award is indicative of AB’s commitment to serving the needs of our students by offering high-quality, affordable, and flexible programs from an accredited school,” Associate Provost Andrea Bucklew said. “We hope the success of the nursing and education programs can serve as a model as we work to expand our distance education offerings into other disciplines.”
The RN to BSN program is 100% online, providing an affordable degree completion opportunity for associate degree or diploma nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing and advance their professional nursing career.
Chair of Nursing Kimberly White explains: “For an RN working full-time, the curriculum allows for a BSN degree to be completed in 18 months. The program gives registered nurses an opportunity to advance their education, and ultimately their careers, in a fast-paced curriculum, designed so they can also continue to work.”
The innovative program is built upon recent significant changes in healthcare, nursing practice, and educational theory. Students enrolled in AB’s online RN to BSN program have access to many of the same resources in-class students receive, including the University library, writing lab, and counseling services, all through an online format. Financial aid, grants, and loans are available to all eligible students. Additionally, each student is assigned a student support liaison to ensure their individual success.
The Master of Education in teacher leader program is delivered entirely online and is designed to prepare licensed Pre-K-12 teacher educators to take on new teacher leadership roles in the classroom, school, and district. The program has a full-time student and a part-time student track. The full-time option allows degree seekers to finish in one year and a summer session while the part-time option can be completed in two years and one summer session.
Dean of the College of Education & Music, Jeff Bush stated, “This program affords practicing teachers who want to stay in the classroom, the opportunity to do so while rising to leadership roles among their colleagues.”
The online course delivery will prepare teacher leaders to assume roles that include: mentor teacher, lead teacher, department chair, curriculum design specialist, academic coach, technology integration specialist, professional development specialist, and school improvement specialist.
For more information on each program or to obtain applications, please visit: www.ab.edu/online-programs