GetEducated.com, a consumer group that ranks the most affordable online degrees in the nation, recently rated seven Fort Hays State University healthcare degrees in the top 10 in their categories, including three ranked No. 1.
FHSU, through its Virtual College, offers 27 bachelor's degree programs and 10 master's degrees completely online and three others that have a small on-campus component.
In GetEducated's category of health science master's degrees, the Master of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in gerontology was ranked No. 1, and the Master of Science in health and human performance was ranked No. 2. The degrees cost $7,482 and $7,723 respectively compared to the average cost across the nation of $24,064 for the same type of degree. Ranked No. 3 is Western Carolina Univerity's Master of Health Science degree which costs $8,561 for residents. (Online tuition and fees for FHSU's Virtual College are the same for residents and non-residents.) The most expensive health science master's degree is Florida International University Online's degree at $54,016.
In the Master of Science in Nursing category, FHSU's Master of Science in Nursing, nursing administration track, was ranked No. 1 at a cost of $8,206 compared to No. 2 Western Carolina University's resident price of $9,858. The M.S.N., family nurse practitioner, was ranked No. 8 at a cost of $12,309. The national average for these degrees is $22,130.
Under GetEducated's category of Master of Public Health degrees, the Master of Professional Studies in public health administration was ranked No. 1 at a cost of $7,241 compared to American Public University's $14,950, ranked No. 2. The national average cost for a Master of Public Health is $31,985.
In health science bachelor's degrees, the Bachelor of Science in medical diagnostic imaging ranked No. 2, costing around $22,000 compared to the national average of $47,867. Ranked No. 1 in this category is East Carolina University's Bachelor of Science in health services management costing $17,892.
For Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, FHSU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to B.S.N. track, ranked No. 2, costing $21,039 compared to No. 3 Western Governors University's $27,160. The national average for an online B.S.N. is $44,211.
According to GetEducated.com, the rankings indicate that the online learning programs have been independently reviewed and found to offer credible, high-quality distance degrees at a cost well below the national average. The rankings are done every two or three years.
"GetEducated's ratings are related to the number of students enrolled, accreditation, placement rate and, most importantly, what services are in place to support students," said Dennis King, director of the Virtual College. "These ratings confirm that FHSU is meeting the best practices that are being put out across the country and that we are servicing students, military and otherwise in the proper way."
GetEducated.com is a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings along the dimensions that matter most to online students themselves: affordability and credibility. Founded in 1989 by Vicky Phillips, a psychologist and educator, GetEducated -- in partnership with America Online and the Electronic University Network -- developed America's very first online counseling center for adult distance learners. GetEducated remains the only consumer group in the United States dedicated to assisting students in comparing and ration accredited online colleges and universities.