We offer a full-time baccalaureate program with direct admission into the School of Nursing as a freshman. We also offer an RN to BSN program, which is offered in a hybrid format (courses are in class and online) for your education.
The strengths of our undergraduate program include:
- A 4-year program where students begin their nursing major in their freshman year
- Full integration into the broad university community
- Doctorally prepared, clinically expert faculty
- Diverse clinical experiences in world-renowned facilities
- Faculty/student ratio of 1:8 in clinical settings
- State-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing
- An opportunity to take up to two graduate courses if eligible
- An opportunity to participate in the Nursing Honors Program
- Partner in Nursing Education with US Army ROTC
- Commitment to community service in underserved populations
- Student-centered approach to teaching
- "One Stop" shopping for your education: bachelor's, master's, and doctoral
Our BSN, MSN, and DNP programs are fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the BSN and MSN programs are approved by the State Board of Pennsylvania.
Freshman Admission: SAT > 900 and HS GPA > 2.85
Transfer Admission: Admission is competitive with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Freshman and Sophomore Years of Study
Through our systematically structured nursing curriculum, first-year full-time day students are introduced to the discipline of nursing as a profession. In the second year, students learn about the individual as a client with social, cultural, spiritual and economic elements that interact to facilitate health. Students have "hands on" experiences in the Learning Resource Center, where they learn nursing skills and procedures in preparation for their clinical practicums in the junior and senior years.
Junior and Senior Years of Study
In the junior year, students work in clinical practice two days per week; in the senior year, clinical practice takes place three days per week. Community-based experiences take place in various settings, which include a senior citizens' apartment complex, adult day care centers, schools, and clients' homes.
Various hospitals, ranging from urban medical centers to teaching and community hospitals, provide the setting for rotations in adult acute care. Pediatric rotations are at large facilities designed for the specific care of children. Maternal child nursing rotations include a variety of settings and experiences in labor and delivery, postpartum, and nursery.
Psychiatric clinical rotations include both outpatient and inpatient units. The ratio of faculty to clinical students is 1:8 in most rotations. The final clinical rotation is a three week precepted experience in a specialty area and agency of the student's choice.
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Students may take up to 6 credits of graduate courses as a non-matriculated student while obtaining their bachelors degree. The graduate tuition rate applies.