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Finlandia University nursing programs earn awards

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logo, company name: Finlandia University was named a 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU in regards to the online RN-BSN program, while Nursing Schools Almanac recognized the university as a Top Nursing School in Michigan for the second year in a row. © Provided by Marquette WLUC Finlandia University was named a 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU in regards to the online RN-BSN program, while Nursing Schools Almanac recognized the university as a Top Nursing School in Michigan for the second year in a row.

HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Finlandia University announced that its nursing programs have been recognized by two separate organizations as the best of 2020.

FinnU was named a 2020 Best Online Christian College by OnlineU in regards to the online RN-BSN program, while Nursing Schools Almanac recognized the university as a Top Nursing School in Michigan for the second year in a row.

Best Online Christian College

Finlandia ranks number eight out of the top 25 in the nation for Best Online Christian Colleges according to OnlineU. FinnU’s only online bachelor’s degree option is the RN-BSN program, which has won numerous accolades over the years including being named a 2020 Top Online College in Michigan and 2019 Most Affordable College by SR Education, and Top Ranked Online RN-BSN Program by RegisteredNursing.org for two years running.

Finlandia’s Online RN-BSN program is designed with the working nurse in mind with multiple start dates, 8-week courses and it’s $15,000 guarantee, which ensures nurses won’t pay more than $15,000 for their degree.

“Finlandia University should be proud to be named No. 8 among the best online Christian Colleges of 2020,” said Director of the RN-BSN Program Irina Sergeyeva (BSN, MSN). “With its deep historical roots of traditional education, Finlandia University’s nursing program diversified its learning style, creating a flexible learning schedule for the students enrolled in the online program. This alternative educational pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is very convenient for working nurses whose lives are preoccupied with family and job activities. The RN-BSN program instructors and advisors are happy to serve this population of students, accommodate their needs and sustain the motivational learning environment.”

Top Nursing School in Michigan

To be ranked as a Top Nursing School in Michigan, Nursing Schools Almanac evaluated over 3,000 schools on the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. From there, an overall score was applied and schools were ranked accordingly. FinnU came in at number 26 in the state of Michigan thanks to a number of factors including a history of exceptional first-time NCLEX pass rates, job placement rates, and the unique opportunities for hands-on experiences including a high number of clinical hours and the Tanzania Service Learning study abroad trip.

“I believe one of the biggest factors for the ranking is that we’re able to offer educational experiences that can really focus on the individual student’s needs,” said Nursing Department Chair Lori Sullivan (BSN, MSN, DNP). “We have smaller class sizes, so that allows our faculty to get to know each individual student on an individual level so they can better facilitate that student, leading to fulfillment of their personal educational needs. We’re able to see where their strengths are and where there might be some areas of needed improvement so we can focus our strategies relative to that.”

Sullivan said another factor that sets the program apart is the high number of clinical hours and other hands-on experiences such as COVID-19 testing, flu shot vaccination administration, and other opportunities afforded to students throughout the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional opportunities – and challenges – for students to gain valuable experience.

“Faculty, staff, our university as a whole, and our community partners have all had to demonstrate resilience and sisu through this whole pandemic,” said Sullivan. “I’m grateful for all the work everyone’s put in because we’re still able to meet their educational needs and provide good experiences still.”

To learn more about Finlandia’s nursing programs, please visit finlandia.edu/nursing.

Story originally posted at finlandia.edu/news.

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