UIC ranked among top 5 in the nation for online degree programs

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UIC Today - US News Ranking GraphicThe University of Illinois at Chicago’s online bachelor’s degree program rankings continue to rise.

According to the latest rankings in U.S. News & World Report, UIC’s online programs — in health information management, business administration and nursing — are fifth in the nation, up from 15th last year. UIC tied with Pennsylvania State University – World Campus and University of Florida.

“This is UIC’s seventh year participating in the U.S. News and World Report Best Online Bachelor’s Program Survey and we have been continuously ranked among the leading institutions,” said Janette Maldonado, interim executive director of UIC Extended Campus. “We are thrilled to be ranked fifth in the country this year. The results demonstrate UIC’s commitment to provide access to quality education and the importance of ensuring our students’ success, whether in the classroom or online.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 300 programs based on criteria including student engagement, student services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management Degree Completion Program prepares students with an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge practices and methodologies, while applying real-world experiences to make a seamless transition from degree to profession.

“Health information management is a great career choice for those who want to work in health care, but not directly with patients, incorporating skills from medicine, business and technology, said Karen Patena, clinical associate professor and director of health information management programs. “Our online degree offers an alternative path toward eligibility for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.”

UIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion Program provides students with a well-rounded business education, while establishing a foundation for lifelong learning.

“Our students study an AACSB-accredited business core curriculum, taught by prominent faculty who are committed to their success,” said Angela Prazza Winters, assistant dean, UIC Business student services. “Our program offers students, who often have other life commitments, the opportunity to finish their degree online, in-step with their personal life and their career goals.”

The UIC RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Program is designed for students who are already practicing registered nurses seeking to continue their education. The online nature of the program and strong engagement from faculty and advisors creates an environment in which students can successfully manage their studies, career and personal life. Since students are nurses already working in the profession, there is a great opportunity for them to bring work experience to the classroom and take back knowledge to the work site.

These working students get access to a high-quality BSN completion program and are able to sustain their enrollment because of their personal commitment and the support of faculty and staff, said Catherine Tredway, program director and clinical instructor.

“Advisers put in countless hours with each student, and instructors are present in the ‘classroom’ with frequent announcements, quick responses to questions, participation in discussions, and continual interaction with students,” Tredway said.

According to the U.S. News website, the vast majority of students enrolled in these ranked programs have earned at least some college credit. Rather than first-time college students, they are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers.

To learn more about UIC’s online bachelor’s degree programs, visit UIC Extended Campus.