The University of New Mexico College of Nursing is ranked 10th nationally in Best Value BSN Programs on schools that offer the best combination of cost and return on investment. The Top 50 list was recently released by Value Colleges, a national research and ranking firm for accredited college degree programs.

Nearly 190 U.S. nursing schools accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing were evaluated according to their 20-year ROI per-credit tuition rate based on Payscale’s 2015 report, U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings, and credit per hour tuition rate as reported by each individual college.

“We have a tremendous history of value in our 60 years, providing cutting-edge approaches to academic experiences that are accessible, responsive and pertinent to the changing environment in health care and academia,” says College of Nursing Dean Nancy Ridenour, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN. “Credit goes largely to our renowned faculty who provides an education that emphasizes working with rural and underserved populations and prepares our students to transform nursing and health care.”

In the report, schools that offer the best combination of cost and return on investment were ranked highest. Other nursing schools in the top 10 included University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Texas Tech University, San Diego State University, University of Oklahoma, Stony Brook University and others.

According to Value Colleges, the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing has a wealth of resources to draw upon for its students, including participation in the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium as well as clinical experience in UNM Hospital, the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, and UNM Children’s Hospital. The report also lists the NM College of Nursing’s emphasis on diversity, community engagement and service to underserved populations, as well as affordable tuition and ample financial aid as bases for the top-10 ranking.