Skip to main content

Nursing Program Receives
National Honors


March 17, 2021 —  Northern Kentucky University’s Nursing degree has been recognized among The Princeton Review’s best online nursing programs.

The Princeton Review recently compiled the inaugural list analyzing specific factors, such as each program’s affordability, flexibility and access to innovative technologies. NKU received high remarks in each category, as well as its commitment to preparing the next generation of health professionals and equitable approach to admissions.

“Despite all that 2020 brought with it, [NKU’s] program has proven to be just as rigorous as on-campus counterparts and even more relevant to be featured on this prestigious inaugural list,” stated The Princeton Review. “It is prevalent that their faculty is dedicated to ensure success in their students’ careers.”

The latest ranking comes on the heels of Dr. Gannon Tagher receiving national honors for co-authoring two of the best scholarly works in 2020. Dr. Gannon Tagher, who serves as interim Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and First-Year Experience, recently published “Pediatric Nursing: A Case-Based Approach, 1st Edition,” which reflects the teaching innovations at NKU.

The textbook earned first place in the Nursing and Allied Health category from the American Association of Publishers’ PROSE Awards and second place in the Child Health category from the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards.

Gannon Tagher
Dr. Gannon Tagher

“I am deeply grateful to receive the awards and to the team that worked on this project,” said Dr. Tagher. “I had no intention of writing a textbook, but this book's format intrigued me because I have always used the case based approach in my teaching. Its success would not be possible without the team who helped make this possible.”

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing is launching a new version of the National Council Licensure Exam in 2023. Dr. Tagher’s textbook is built on the latest version’s exam format so that students will be better prepared to stay on track and succeed.

One of the textbook co-authors, Lisa Knapp, is a former Nursing faculty member at NKU. Knapp currently works at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where copies of the book are used in many units.

“We tailored the textbook in a unique format to help students learn and develop a depth of caring for pediatric patients and families. Any nursing program can quickly bring this case-based approach into the classroom,” said Dr. Tagher. “It’s exciting to see how many have already adapted the curriculum and the impact made after just a year and a half.”

To learn more about NKU’s College of Health and Human Services, visit its website

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit