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For the second year in a row, UCF's online nursing programs have been recognized among the top 25 in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs," with UCF sitting pretty at No. 25 out of 133 schools in the country.

The only Florida school to make it into the top 25, UCF shared its spot with the University of Delaware and the University of Kansas. UCF currently offers four different online graduate nursing programs.

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Schools were ranked based on five general categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

On a scale of one to 100, one being the worst and 100 being the best, UCF received a 97 for faculty credentials and training.

"We received particularly high scores for faculty credentials and training, which reflects, in part, on UCF's investment in training and support for faculty," said Susan Chase, associate dean for graduate affairs in the College of Nursing, in a release.

For student engagement, which Chase said can be a challenge with online classes, UCF received a 77.

"That's why we offer online resources for things like clinical planning and have a mandatory onsite orientation so every student knows how to get the most of their courses right from the beginning," she said.

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Top schools (some schools share rankings):
1. Medical University of South Carolina
2. St. Xavier University
3. Johns Hopkins University
3. University of South Carolina
5. University of Colorado-Denver
6. Duke University
6. Ohio State University
6. University of Nevada-Las Vegas
9. Duquesne University
9. George Washington University
9. Graceland University
9. University of Texas-Tyler

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Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @byCarolineGlenn or email her at CarolineG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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