Ranked in top 50 in nation by Best Value Schools, Only One of Two Schools from West Virginia

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Best Value Schools has named Alderson Broaddus University in the top 50 Best Value Colleges for a Nursing Degree 2015.  AB was ranked #47 in the country, and was one of only two schools in West Virginia recognized to this prestigious list.

Alderson Broaddus University implemented an affordability initiative in July 2011 which included frozen fees, time-to-degree completion, and capping student loans, decreasing the amount of debt the average college student inherits after graduation.

In 1945, AB offered the first-ever four-year nursing program in West Virginia, and it is currently the third most popular major among students on campus today.

“Being named among the top 50 universities as an affordable and flexible program in the field of nursing is validation that the affordability initiatives of the university are working” said Dr. Joan Propst, provost/executive vice president for academic affairs.

“Alderson Broaddus University is a leader in health care and specifically, our nursing graduates are very highly sought by regional and national agencies who are concerned about quality nursing care. We are honored by this recognition and will continue to work to provide the highest quality education in nursing in fulfillment of our mission.”

With accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approval from the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Alderson Broaddus University is one of the best undergraduate nursing schools in West Virginia. AB prepares students for a variety of promising careers in community health, general hospital care, emergency care, and intensive care through challenging coursework and required clinical field experience conducted in hospitals in Morgantown, Clarksburg, Elkins, and Weston. Exciting course offerings include classes in nutrition, pharmacology, pediatric care, and nursing management to provide comprehensive coverage of the profession.

In addition to providing students the opportunity to complete the bachelor’s level nursing degree in four years, AB also offers LPN to BSN and RN to BSN programs.

“The Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing is very excited about the easy accessibility we can now provide and offer to nurses in West Virginia and throughout the United States,” said Dr. Brenda Mason who is not only an associate professor of nursing, but the dean of the College of Health Sciences and interim chair for the School of Nursing.

The LPN to BSN program is an innovative opportunity for licensed practical nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities, designed to meet the needs of the LPN.

The RN to BSN program is 100% online, providing an affordable opportunity for associate degree or diploma nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing and advance their professional nursing career.

“The RN to BSN online courses are scheduled to be taught every eight weeks by experienced faculty and are delivered through easy-to-use technology backed by customer service aimed to ensure student success,” said Mason. “For an RN working full-time, the curriculum allows for a BSN degree to be completed in 18 months as 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. Additionally, financial aid, grants and loans are available to all eligible students.

Best Value Schools is a premier website for finding the college that can provide the best overall value for a student’s educational dollar, the most available financial aid and assistance, the greatest support and service for the student, and the highest Return on Investment, in terms of what happens after graduation.

“Using our practiced and time-proven expertise, we examine a number of factors about each school – we do the research that you may not be able to do,” says Pam Beiler, editor of BestValueSchools.com. “In a post-high school environment that is fraught with uncertainty, rising costs, and a frightening dearth of information about the real opportunities that are available after the degree is earned, we provide objective, accurate, and up-to-date facts about the colleges and university that can provide the best value.”

According to the article, accompanying the Best Value Schools 50 Best Value Colleges for a Nursing Degree 2015, found at www.bestvalueschools.com, the nursing schools listed also represent some of the most affordable programs available. For this ranking, Best Value Schools took an initial list of selective institutions, sorted them by net price, defined on College Navigator as a value “generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.”

Deeply rooted in the liberal arts, Alderson Broaddus University (AB) is a health-related and professional educational institution located in Philippi, West Virginia. For over 145 years, AB students continue to learn and grow in a faith-based community as it is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. AB’s mission is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.