Two academic programs each ranked as 10th best in the country

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Northwestern State University’s bachelor’s program in computer information systems and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program have each been ranked as the 10th best program in the country by a pair of higher education websites.

The computer information systems program was named as one the best web development programs by The site said “The cutting-edge, comprehensive online web development degree curriculum introduces concepts in cyber forensics, cloud computing, programming, and internet web design and development.” uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The rankings are based on academic quality, affordability and online programming.

“We are so proud of this honor,” said Curtis Penrod, coordinator of CIS at Northwestern State. “Our faculty and staff work hard to ensure our students come out of the program with the web development skills they need. This external validation shows we are succeeding at that task.”

For more information on NSU’s computer information systems degree, go to

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked by for its affordability.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Northwestern provides a clinical doctorate for master’s prepared registered nurses who desire to practice at the highest level and significantly impact health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Graduates of this DNP program have the potential to transform health care by utilizing advanced clinical skills, translating evidence into practice, implementing systems changes, establishing standards and policies, and acting as organizational leaders.

“Affordability is a real factor when looking at higher education. Our DNP program offers a quality, experiential education students can afford,” said Dr. Connie Hale, Director of Graduate Studies and Research in NSU’s College of Nursing and College of Allied Health. “Our DNP graduates are business owners, hospital administrators and advanced practice nurses who are making a real difference in healthcare at all levels.”

For more information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, go to