Southeastern Louisiana University’s online program intended to help registered nurses earn their bachelor’s degrees has been ranked in the nation’s Top 50 by, a news release said.

The program was ranked 36th among 50 top accredited online nursing programs in the U.S. by, which researches the value of colleges and programs nationwide.

Programs were evaluated according to their 20-year return on investment, per-credit tuition rate and national ranking, the release said.

“The value of a particular program is something that concerns most prospective students and parents in selecting a college or university,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “We are pleased to see that Southeastern scored well in the criteria used to evaluate the value of our program. We try to make every accommodation available to our students, while maintaining our high level of quality instruction.”

The program provides registered nurses, who may have an associate’s degree or diploma from a licensed school, the opportunity to continue taking courses online, while earning credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

There are 80-100 active students enrolled in Southeastern’s RN-BS degree program, said Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing. The program, started in 2008, has seen more than 110 students graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Creel said in addition to a traditional undergraduate nursing school program, where students receive clinical training at area hospitals and medical facilities, SLU also offers a program for licensed practical nurses to attain a bachelor’s degree, as well as an accelerated program for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in any field.

SLU also offers master’s degrees and a doctorate in nursing practice, which can be taken online.