Master of Science in Nursing program earns “Best Online Programs” designation from U.S. News & World Report

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 4:30pm

MOBILE, Ala. – For the first time, U.S. News & World Report published numerical rankings for the “Best Online Programs” on the overall quality of distance education programs. In the graduate nursing category, Spring Hill’s Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader program ranked 48th nationally.

The questionnaire utilized to determine rankings included data on outcome-based measures, such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

The MSN CNL program at Spring Hill was launched in the spring of 2006 and was recently granted the maximum accreditation status from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), valid for a 10-year period in May of 2012, a requirement to be included in the rankings.

The Clinical Nurse Leader role was developed and implemented in 2005 by American Association of Colleges of Nursing to help serve growing health care needs. The CNL is a master’s-educated generalist practitioner who relies on evidence-based practice, and manages care for distinct patient groups. In addition to the traditional BSN-to-MSN program, Spring Hill offers a RN-to-MSN tract that allows the associate-degree or diploma-educated RN to advance to the master's degree. A post-master’s certificate for master’s-prepared nurses who would like to be eligible to take the CNL certification exam is also offered. 

The program has more than 75 alumni and has had or currently has students from 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Information about Spring Hill’s program is available in the searchable, online directory of U.S. News’ Web site at

For more information on Spring Hill College’s MSN-CNL program, visit or call (251) 380-3094.