Released on January 26, 2021

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked UCF among the Best Online Bachelor’s programs in the nation — this time, coming in at No. 14.


UCF College of Nursing professor and healthcare simulation expert Dr. Desiree Diaz with custom software created by the UCF Center of Distributed Learning
Desiree Díaz, an associate professor of nursing, is one of the faculty members the Center of Distributed Learning has worked with to build custom online-learning tools. Here Díaz displays the custom software CDL developed to help her students create their own nursing simulation rooms. (Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)


“Our high rankings are a testament to the terrific work of our talented faculty and instructional designers who produce engaging, high-quality courses that support our students’ success while also providing them with a flexible learning environment. Flexible access to high-quality courses continues to increase in importance,” says President Alexander N. Cartwright.

One of the factors that contributes to UCF’s repeated success in online learning is the level of attention and detail put into creating the courses.

In some cases, instructional designers and the team at the Center for Distributed Learning build tools customized to a faculty member’s need. That was the case for Desiree Díaz, an associate professor of nursing who teaches courses leading to the online healthcare simulation certificate.

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