Chico State's online graduate nursing program is getting praise as one of the best in the nation.

MastersDegreeOnline.org named it to a list of the top online masters nursing degrees in the country.

CSUC Nursing Program Director Carol Huston says part of the reason they were given the distinction was because their online program makes it easy for rural nurses get their masters degree.

“It's probably one of the most unique things about our program,” Huston says. “We offer the opportunity for nurses who live in the most rural parts of northern California to still get their masters degree in nursing. And we do that by offering our program online and part-time.”

Huston says it's important for graduate nursing students to continue to work and stay close to home, which is why the program is so popular.

Students can also choose from concentrations in nursing education or nursing leadership.

Also named on the list are the University of San Francisco, the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the University of Michigan.