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SMSU Briefs for Feb. 26

SMSU RN to BSN nursing program ranked

Southwest Minnesota State University’s RN to BSN nursing program is ranked in the Top 100 of the Best Nursing Schools in the Plains by Nursingschoolalmanac.com.

Nursingschoolsalmanac.com took into account SMSU’s academic prestige, value, breadth and depth of its nursing program, and its students’ success, based primarily on the NCLEX licensure examination.

Nursing School Almanac strives to provide accurate online resources for aspiring nurses. As nursing responsibilities have changed, so have the licensing and training for these roles that empower them to find the best-suited programs and help start their careers.

In its summary about SMSU’s RN to BSN program, Nursingschoolsalmanac.com states, “The SMSU department of nursing launched a CCNE-accredited RN to BSN degree completion program in 2013. SMSU’s program allows RN’s with a current license and a two-year degree the opportunity to earn their baccalaureate degree in a fast-paced manner. The majority of the coursework is completed online, but students will still receive up to five opportunities for campus visits.”

It is the third time this year that the RN to BSN program has been honored. In September, SMSU was ranked 5th in the state for the best online RN to BSN program by TopRNtoBSN.com, and was ranked 4th in Minnesota by RegisteredNursing.org.

Student-run Bon Appetit Restaurant announces dates

The student-operated Bon Appetit Restaurant will feature buffet-style ethnic selections when it opens for operation on Thursday, Feb. 27. The restaurant will be open for six Thursdays.

Each serving day will include two seatings, at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m.

The buffet will feature ethnic foods, including:

• Brazilian Cuisine: Feb. 27, March 26

• Italian Cuisine: March 5 and April 2

• Greek Cuisine: March 19 and April 9.

Cost is $15, and no tips are expected. Cash or checks are accepted. Diners will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.

For reservations and to learn more about the entrees served, go to: https://www.smsu.edu/academics/programs/hospitality/bon-appetit-student-restaurant.html. You can also email: Emilie.Tyndall@my.smsu.edu.

SMSU’s Master’s in Education among nation’s best

Southwest Minnesota State University is ranked in the top 50 Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Degree Programs in 2020 by Intelligent.com.

Intelligent.com analyzed 133 schools, and just the top 50 were recognized in the Best Master’s list. The program was evaluated on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

Intelligent.com prides itself on providing unbiased information so students can make an informed college choice. Its mission is to help students find the best resources in an easy-to-understand way.

In its SMSU summary, Intelligent.com cited SMSU for the program’s quality, its versatility — students have the option on either taking the degree on campus, online, or a combination of both — and the fact that 99 percent of graduates find jobs.

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