Daytona State College's RN to BSN program ranked as nation’s No. 1 most affordable nursing school

Photo for Headline Surfer / Practical hands-on experience is what DSC students enrolled in the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at Daytona Stayte College receive as shown above.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Here is one major reason Stanley Escudero is proud to serve as chairman of the board of his alma mater: Daytona State College’s online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 most affordable nursing school of its kind according to the recently published list produced by Best Health Degrees.

The independent online source for healthcare degrees and careers released its complete list of top nursing programs in both traditional and online programs, and Daytona State took the top spot in the online rankings by finishing ahead of schools such as the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Minot State University (N.D.), Nicholls State University (La.), and the College of Coastal Georgia.

"This certainly is more welcome news for our college," Escudero, the DSC board chairman told Headline Surfer.

Stan Escudero / Headline Surfer"This certainly is more welcome news for our college," Stan Escudero, DSC board chairman, told Headline Surfer.

Daytona State’s RN-BSN program is designed to provide a seamless transition from the associate degree to the baccalaureate degree. It was developed for the new or working nurse interested in career advancement. The online program gives students, nearly all of them already full-time professionals, a flexible option to earn their degree.

“It gives us great pleasure to know we serve the community by providing a completion program for working RNs,” Amy Szoka, chair of the DSC School of Nursing, said.

“Many of our students are recruited from our associate degree program, complete the BSN, and go on to a variety of advanced practice opportunities," Szoka continued. "We are able to provide this robust program because of our dedicated faculty and staff whose number one goal is student success.”

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, one of 11 bachelor’s degrees offered by Daytona State, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Daytona State College / Headline SurferDSC FAST FACTS:
• Offering more than 100 certificate, associate & bachelor’s degree programs, DSC has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years.
• DSC enrolls nearly 28,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.​
• U.S. News & World Report ranks DSC among the top tier best online bachelor’s programs seven years running.
• The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average.
• Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of top 100 associate degree producers.
• For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its top online bachelor’s programs for veterans.
Last year marked the first time a story on Daytona State College had been recognized as award-winning.
The story, More than 3,400 Daytona State College grads encouraged to seek advanced degrees or certifications for career growth put money aside for the long haul, was written by Henry Frederick of Headline Surfer. It received a third place award in Education Writing from the Florida Press Club.