BSN Programs in Pennsylvania


Alvernia University
400 St. Bernardine St
, Reading PA 19607
The pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program at Alvernia University is designed to prepare students take the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses. The track is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is designed to take 4 years to complete. With the university’s strong affiliation to the Catholic Church, students should expect to learn in an environment that embraces the Franciscan Values of the Catholic tradition.

This is combined with a strong liberal arts foundation and Christian courses building-up to a professional nursing courses in the last two year of the program.  For interested students, the university also offers a post-Bachelor of Nursing School Nurse Certification program for those seeking positions as school nurses.

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

400 E Second St, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Bloomsburg undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to prepare students for initial nurse licensure.  Ideal candidates for the pre-licensure program are fresh high school graduates, external & internal transfers and second degree students.  High school graduate applicants seeking freshman admission are required to have graduated top of the 25% of their high school class and with a minimum average grade of “B”. The program is designed to take no more than 4 academic years after which students become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses for entry-level nursing positions.

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Carlow University

3333 5th Ave, Pittsburg PA 15213

The major in nursing bachelor degree at Carlow University is designed to prepare students for generalist entry-level position in the health care field. The major is offered in the main campus Oakland as well as other campuses in Cranberry and Greenburg. The curriculum consists of 123 credit hours; 76 in general education, nursing support, and liberal arts courses and 47 in nursing major courses. Clinical courses start at the first semester of the sophomore year and are reserved for students who have successfully completed the lower division courses. Carlow also has a unique program known as the “Step Ahead” program for students intending to take a master of nursing program. This program allows undergraduate nursing students to take double edged courses totaling up-to 10 credits which count towards both the Bachelor of Science and master of nursing programs.

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Cedar Crest College

100 College Dr, Allenton PA 18104

Cedar College bachelor of nursing program is designed for first time college freshmen and transfer students who have completed a number of college credits.  The 120-credit track is designed to take 4 years to complete after which students gain academic eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam. High school graduates start as pre-nursing majors and have to complete at least 62 of the 63 credits under the general education and prerequisites nursing courses category prior to applying for the major. Such credits must carry a minimum average GPA of 2.7 to be eligible to apply to begin the nursing major in junior year. On the other hand, transfer students must gain general admission to Cedar Crest and complete at least 6 credits mandatory so as to gain eligibility to apply for the major. 

In addition to GPA, admission decisions are drawn from a number of other factors including the number of credits taken Cedar Crest, available seats, TEASV test and Basic English Composition Test. Besides the major, the college offers exciting combinations of taking double majors or minors while in the nursing programs. For majors, students can take Nursing & Art Therapy or Nursing & Psychology. In minors, students can choose a business, art therapy or psychology minor to go with the nursing major. Additionally, there are other Certificate programs that students can take advantage of including the School Nurse, Gerontology and Health Care Management certificate programs.

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DeSales University

2755 Station Ave, Center Valley PA 18034

The baccalaureate nursing program at DeSales University; Center Valley campus is designed to start with prerequisites courses followed by nursing courses in the first semester of the sophomore year. Nursing courses culminate in a Capstone clinical and classroom project in the senior where preparations for the NCLEX-RN are also heightened.   Few high school candidates with exceptional grades may qualify for the Nurses Scholars program; a rigorous program that enables students take the bachelor of nursing followed by a master of nursing and complete in 5 years!. Alternatively, students at senior level who have a GPA average of 3.0 become eligible to take one graduate level course per semester at will. The university runs an active Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing designed for academically talented students.

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Drexel University

3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA 19104

The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) is one of the three nursing undergraduate tracks at Drexel University. As a private university, Drexel is committed to meet the success needs of every student individually in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. The BSN is offered as a co-operative program with a number of health facilities in the regions whereby students engage in studies alongside paid employment clinical experience.  The co-op nursing programs give students a competitive edge in giving them real life experience in a working environment before they leave college. Student can choose to complete the program in 4 years by taking one co-op paid work experience or 5 years by taking 3 sessions of co-op paid work experiences.

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Duquesne University

600 Forbes Ave Pittsburg PA 15282

Duquesne has a basic BSN available for high school graduates and qualified transfer students. It is a 4-year curriculum that culminates into students gaining eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become beginner generalist registered nurses. The program starts with liberal arts and general education courses in the first two years prior to taking the upper division nursing major courses.  During junior and senior years, students take clinical courses in a community-based approach within Pittsburg. While in the nursing program, students can join some professional nursing organizations including DU Students Nurses Association, the Nurses Christian Fellowship, Alpha Tau Delta and the Male Association of Nursing.  There is also an active Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Int’ Honor Society for nursing designed for highly talented student nurses.

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East Stroudsburg University

200 Prospect St, East Stroudsburg PA 18301

ESU Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing is designed to take 4 academic years. The program is meant for first time college goers and transfer students seeking initial licensure as registered nurses and entry positions as generalist nurses.  The program has a curriculum that starts with a strong foundation of liberal art courses in prep for professional nursing at junior and senior years. ESU has several nursing specific scholarships under the financial services department.  Outside the major curriculum, students can become active members of the Students Nurses Organization and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor society for nursing.

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Eastern University

1300 Eagle Rd, St Davids PA 19087

The traditional pre-licensure nursing program is among the three undergraduate nursing tracks at Eastern along the second degree and the RN to BSN completion tracks.  The pre-licensure track is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  As a Christian university, the nursing curriculum includes courses supporting Christian faith, ethics and values. Eastern only offers the program to recent high school graduates and as such, transfer students currently have no opportunities for the nursing major.  Admission to the nursing major is a 2-step process which starts with a general admission to the university as a freshman to take prerequisites courses.

During the last semester of sophomore level, students who have achieved a GPA of 2.75 in prerequisites courses become eligible to the second step application for the major. There are only 40 seats for each of the nursing cohorts during fall and spring semesters for which admission is very competitive. The University has active chapters of the Nurses Christian Fellowship and Student’s Nurses Association.  While in the major program, students can take short mission trips to diverse regions in Latin America.

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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

219 Meadville St, Edinboro PA 16444

Edinboro has a BS in nursing designed for first time college students with an ultimate objective of initial licensure as registered nurses. It is a full time program fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  It takes four academic years to complete the BSN curriculum and students become eligible to write the NCLEX exam to become licensed registered nurses. All nursing students can become members of the student nurses organization while academically endowed students can apply for induction in the Nu Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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Gannon University

109 University Sq, Erie PA 16541

Gannon University offers a generic bachelor of science in nursing that strongly reflects the teachings of Christ-like care giving. The 4 –year program has a liberal arts core curriculum foundation that embraces the Catholic identity of the university. Students are formally admitted in the nursing major at the sophomore level after successfully completing the prerequisites courses.  The clinical and practical courses are taken with a community-based approach to train competent beginner nurses.  Students can apply for induction in the Eta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International or the Alpha Tau Delta chapter of the national nurse’s fraternity. Upon completion, students become eligible to write the NCLEX registered nurses exam for initial licensure.  For interested BSN graduates, the university offers a post-baccalaureate School Nurse Certificate in collaboration with the university’s School of Education.  

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Gwynedd-Mercy College

1325 Sumneytown pike, Gwynedd Valley PA 19437

The traditional track of the Bachelor of Science in nursing at Gwynedd-Mercy is offered at the Gwynedd Valley campus. The track is an associate to bachelor program that enables students to become eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam before readily moving to the upper division BSN phase. This plan also enables students at community college that have affiliation with Gwynedd-Mercy complete their Associate nursing degree and transfer to Gwynedd Valley campus for the BSN. What’s more, after entering the upper phase, students have the option of taking courses on full time, part time or day and evening formats.

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Holy Family University

9801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA 19114

The BSN program at Holy Family University is a full time day program designed for recent high school graduates seeking initial registered nurses licensure. The 4 year traditional track is fully accredited by CCNE and approved by the State Board of nursing of Pennsylvania. Prior to starting the clinical courses in the junior year, all students must have a mandatory clearance from the American Data Bank on all requirements pertinent to taking clinical courses. Upon admission in the nursing program, students can join the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania. Those with high scholarly ability can also apply for induction in the Delta Tau chapter of Sigma Theta.

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Immaculata University

1145 King Rd, Immaculata PA 19345

The pre-licensure bachelor of nursing degree at Immaculata University has a curriculum that upholds the strong catholic values, ethics, faith and teachings.  The track builds from a liberal arts foundation courses in the first 2 years and graduates to the professional major courses in the junior and senior years. Freshman applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to apply for general university admission and take the prerequisites nursing courses. A second application is needed for admission to the nursing major. This is usually very competitive and as such, meeting the minimum requirement for the major does not guarantee admission.  Traditional Immaculata students may only apply for the major in the fall semester.  Upon graduation and licensure, students interested in school nursing may take extra courses in the School Nurse Program.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

1011 South Dr, Indiana PA 15705

The nursing Bachelor of Science at IUP is designed as a 4-year program that prepares students for entry-level generalist positions in health care facilities. Upon admission as freshman, the first year consist of science and liberal arts courses in preparation of nursing courses. Students are admitted in the nursing major after successfully completing the liberal arts and general education phase. Separate applications for the major are completed in the last semester of sophomore level. For nursing and clinical courses, students visit a variety of health agencies in Greensburg, Latrobe and Dubois. Outside the classroom and the generic nursing curriculum, students in the nursing program can join the Alpha Tau Delta; a chapter of the national nurses fraternity, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau or the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

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LaSalle University

1900 West Olney Ave, Philadelphia PA 19141

LaSalle University offers a 4 –year full time 122-credit curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in nursing.  For recent high school graduates, the curriculum starts with a liberal arts foundation and biological support courses in preparation for the 12 nursing major courses.  The foundation courses totaling to 60 credits hours must be completed with an average GPA of 3.0 for students to be eligible for the nursing major courses. The major starts at junior level and consist of 52 credit hours. It is designed to take the last 2 years of college and students become eligible to take the NLCEX registered nurse exam for licensure. There are a number of student organizations which students can join while in the nursing programs including the Minority Student Nurses Association, National Student Nurses Association and the honor society.

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Mansfield University

212 Mansfield University, Mansfield PA 16933

The Nursing BSN program at Mansfield public university is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. This generic program is designed for first time college goers with no prior nursing experience or college credits seeing to have initial registered nurse licensure. The track starts at the university’s Mansfield campus for the prerequisites and general education courses reserved for the freshman and sophomore years. Students who meet the required nursing major admission requirements may then apply and transfer to the Sayre Campus for the junior and senior years for clinical courses. Students take most of their nursing clinical practice at Robert Parker Hospital among other hospitals in the region.

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Marywood University

2300 Adams Ave, Scranton PA 18509

The nursing baccalaureate pre-professional program is one of the three undergraduate nursing options at Marywood leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The 4-year full time track combines liberal arts, science and clinical nursing courses to mould competent nurses who function as generalists in health care profession.  High school graduates are the most ideal candidates and admission requirements include a SAT or ACT score of 1450 or 21 respectively.  These requirements are to allow for general university admission and to take the nursing prerequisites courses. To be eligible for progression and admission in the nursing major, students must have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the lower division and cognate courses.  When taking the major, students in the program can become active members of Sigma Theta Tau and the National Students Nurses Association.

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Messiah College

1 college Ave, Mechanicsburg PA 17055

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the bachelor of nursing is the only nursing program by Messiah College. The program starts to mould students within a context of liberal arts and Christian Worldwide view with intentions of training holistic nurses. Freshman and sophomore years are reserved for the prerequisites courses with the nursing clinical courses starting in the junior year. Students wishing to transfer Messiah College for the major must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all previous college work to be eligible for admission. There are two admission cycles for the major for spring and fall start dates. Messiah College offers students the opportunities to join the Lambda Kappa chapter of Sigma Theta Tau chapter and the Students Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

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Misericordia University

301 Lake St, Dallas PA 18612

Freshmen and transfer students are the ideal candidates for the Bachelor of Science in nursing at Misericordia University. Freshman applicants need to have graduated in the top 50% of their high school in addition to having a minimum GPA of 3.0 and SAT or ACT scores of 960 or 22 respectively. Freshman students embark on a two year phase of completing general education and prerequisites courses. By the end of this phase, traditional and transfer students may apply for the nursing major phase of the program. All transfer students must have completed at least 15 credit hours and achieved an average GPA of 3.0 on all college courses. Misericordia University has a number of nursing organizations including a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP)

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Moravian College and Theological Seminary

1200 Main St, Bethlehem PA 18018

The nursing program is offered in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital school of nursing; an integral part of Moravian College. Resources form the educational facilities are used in the nursing training program. The undergraduate nursing program takes a socially and religious approach to nurses education in a bid to build holistic and competent nurses. Students are admitted in the nursing program as freshmen and start on the nursing courses as early as the freshman year. Clinical and practical nursing courses commence in the 1st semester of sophomore level and as such, students have more than 1000hours of clinical practice at St Luke’s Hospital and other health agencies. Ultimately, students become eligible to write the NCLEX registered nurses exam to become licensed nurses in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Moravian College.

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Neumann University

1 Neumann Dr Aston, PA 19014

With a catholic tradition, Neumann University presents an undergraduate nursing program that upholds Christian values, faith and holistic nursing. The Bachelor of nursing is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The track is designed to prepare students for initial licensure and is designed to take 4 years to complete.  With an approach of holistic nursing, students will take strong liberal arts credits from the general education and prerequisites courses curriculum in preparation for the nursing major courses. At the end of the program, students earn a Bachelor of nursing degree and become eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam and good foundation for continued graduate studies.

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Penn State-University Park

201 Shields Building University Park, PA 16802

University Park campus is the only campus of Penn State University that offers a direct entry to the 4-year Bachelor of Science in nursing track. This program is the epicenter of initial licensure for registered nurses who graduate with the BS in nursing at Penn State. The University Park undergraduate nursing program is unlike all the other nursing programs leading to the BS in nursing at Penn state which are all RN to BSN tracks. University Park welcomes applicants for the nursing program from the freshman year with no chance of opting-out after the first 2 years as seen in all other campuses of the university fraternity. As the main nursing center, students at University Park can be traditional students of the campus or students from other campuses who have decided to take the RN to BSN track after taking the NLCEX-RN program.  Campuses with the RN completion track with the help of University Park include Eric, Fayette, Worthington Scranton, Mont Alto and Hershey.

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Robert Morris University

6001 University Blvd Moon Township PA 15108

RMU offers two options of the bachelor of nursing degree including the traditional 4-year track. The traditional nursing track is designed for recent high school graduates without college credits or transfer students. To start with, students spend the freshman and sophomore year taking liberal arts and core support courses with a few nursing courses in the 2nd semester of the sophomore year. Students must re-apply afresh for admission in the major nursing courses that start in the junior year. Some progression criteria to take the major nursing courses must be met by both traditional and transfer students. Upon completion of the 127-credit curriculum, students become eligible to take the NCLEX RN exam to become registered nurses.

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Saint Francis University

117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto PA 15940

The nursing program at Saint Francis University tags along a long history of the university as one of the oldest universities in the state. As a Christian university, SFU undergraduate nursing track is offered in an approach that upholds to the Franciscan and Judeo-Christian Values. The program enrolls students as freshmen and applicants must have high school GPA of 3.0 in addition to an SAT 1000. This admission phase only allows students to take general education and prerequisites courses and as such, a second application is needed for the nursing major phase. Progression into the nursing major is based on adherence to SFU policies and scholastic standing. Such include a GPA of 2.75 on all freshman and sophomore courses. Although the program accepts transfer students, admission is based on space availability and additional admission criteria. Graduates of this BSN track become eligible to take the NCLEX registered nurse exam for initial licensure.

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Temple University

1316 W. Ontario St, Philadelphia PA 19140

Unlike other nursing programs with a pre-nursing phase, the baccalaureate nursing degree at Temple is a “Direct Direct” program. This means that students admitted as freshmen do not require a second application to join the nursing major program. Due to this fact, the program attracts a large pool of applicants and as a result, very high admission GPAs and grades is required.  The program accepts three categories of students; freshmen, transfer (inter-university change of majors) and external transfer students. Each category of students has different admission requirements in terms of minimum GPA, application deadlines, SAT/ACT scores and background. Upon admission as freshmen, students must declare a major as nursing courses starts as the freshman year.

Temple also offers an exciting Nurse Scholars Program for exceptionally performing students in the BSN to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice. This is a plan that allows undergraduates to take double edged courses which also count towards graduate study. Students can add a few more graduate courses upon graduation to earn the DNP degree. Besides the BSN curriculum, students in the nursing program may participate in the Student Nurses Association, Community Based Practices.

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Thomas Jefferson University

901 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA 19107

AS part of Jefferson Health System, TJU offers cutting edge health-related academic programs including the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The nursing program benefits lots from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where students can take intense clinical and practical nursing sessions.  TJU offers two options on joining the nursing program; the PACE track and the Traditional track. PACE (Plan A College Education) option is a pathway designed to offer high school students an early and advanced admission to the program. Students in the PACE track are guaranteed admission in the nursing major upon completion of the 1st 2 years of college courses and maintaining a GPA of 3.0.

On the other hand, the traditional option enrolls students who have completed the first 2 years of prerequisite courses-59 credits either from another college or the general studies department at TJU. Such students take 64 upper division credits at TJU to be eligible for graduation. Additionally, TJU offers an integrated curriculum with a number of partner community colleges offering associate degrees in nursing. This partnership allows students to earn a 2 year degree at the community college and a seamless transition to TJU for the BSN.

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University of Pennsylvania

423 Guardian Dr, Philadelphia PA 19104

The bachelors of nursing degree at University of Pennsylvania is open to high school seniors and transfer students seeking initial licensure as registered nurses. The program benefits from the University’s Health system; a state-of-the art teaching hospital that enable students to take most of their clinical courses in the facility. The program is very competitive for both traditional UP students as well as transfer students.  Admission to the upper division nursing courses is during the junior year and students continue with the track for the next 2 years. Together with the 1st 2 years of prerequisites courses, the track takes 4 academic years to complete and students become eligible to take the NLCEX registered nurses to become licensed nurses. 

What’s more, the university offers exciting opportunities for students interested in taking double majors, minors or sub-matriculation options. Double majors that go with the nursing BSN include the Bachelors of Economics while minors include Health Communication Minor, Multicultural minor, Nutrition and Nursing management minors.  There are also numerous study abroad opportunities in over 50 different nations around the world.

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University of Pittsburg

3500 Victoria St, Pittsburg PA 15261

The University of Pittsburg has a 4-year undergraduate nursing pre-licensure program designed for high school graduates, external transfer students and internal change of major UP’s students. The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) curriculum culminates to the student’s eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN exam for initial licensure.  The most interesting feature about this program is that freshman students are directly admitted to the BSN. The lack of a supplementary application however holds only if students maintain the required progression benchmarks.  The freshman year establishes good foundation courses designed to starts in the sophomore year all the way to the senior level. Along with the major, students can take extra credits for the Wellness and Fitness Minor.

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University of Pittsburg at Johnstown

450 Schoolhouse Rd, Johnstown PA 15902

Pitts-Johnstown baccalaureate nursing degree offers the solid training package of University of Pittsburg nursing program with an added advantage of a smaller compact college. The BS in nursing at Johnstown is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through the main campus. The track is a four-year traditional option that starts with a freshman year foundation of prerequisites courses for 2 semesters. Upon completion of this phase successfully, nursing courses commence on the fall of sophomore year and continues for the next 6 semesters. At this point, transfers students are welcome to apply for the nursing major.  Johnstown nursing program have options for both part time and fulltime study formats but part time students must expect to take longer to complete the program.

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University of Scranton

800 Linden St, Scranton PA 18510

Scranton offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing leading to eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam for initial licensure. The program admits high school graduates as freshmen to start on a 4-year, 8 semester journey of full time nurse training. From the freshman level, courses are offered on a planned progression format advancing from simple to complex courses. As such, all courses must be taken in a sequential manner before taking courses in the next level. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” and average GPA 2.5 or better for students to be eligible of applying to the nursing major courses. Towards the end of the senior year, students must be ready to take a NCLEX-RN review exam with an aim to prepare for the main licensure exam. Nursing students may offer their clinical expertise at the Edward Leahy Jr Center Clinic for the uninsured residents. Those with scholary ability may hone them by joining the Sigma Theta Tau Honor society for nursing.

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Villanova University

800 East Lancaster Ave, Villanova PA 19085

At Villanova, nursing students boast to learn in university that has earned the prestigious award of a “Center of Excellence in Nursing” from NLN.  The university offers a number of undergraduate tracks including the traditional Bachelor of nursing. As a Christian university, Villanova offers a nursing curriculum that strongly supports Catholic Augustinian values along with the professional nursing courses. Interested applicants range from traditional students who join Villanova as freshmen to transfer students who have completed a number of college credits. Nursing students interested in nursing organizations may join the numerous clubs and societies including Sigma Theta Tau, Student Nurses Association, Nursing without Border among others. The university also offers a sophomore level study abroad chance at the University of Manchester for students who earned a GPA of 3.0 during their freshman year. Other global opportunities in other destinations are also available.

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Waynesburg University

51 West College St, Waynesburg PA 15370

Among the 4 baccalaureate nursing tracks at Waynesburg University is the traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing. This track together with the other nursing programs is fully accredited by the Commission on collegiate Nursing Education. It prepares freshman students for initial licensure as registered nurses.  Students are admitted as freshmen and take all prerequisites courses before being admitted in the nursing major at sophomore level. The curriculum takes a multi-cultural approach to prepare nurses generalist who can serve in diverse clients settings including pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity among others.  Students can hone their scholarly and leadership ambitions by applying for induction in Nu Sigma; the Sigma Theta Tau chapter at Waynesburg or the Students Nurses Association of PA.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

700 S. high St, West Chester PA 19383

 The nursing department at WCU offers a bachelor of science in nursing designed to prepare students as a beginners in professional nursing. The program fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is meant for recent high school, external transfer and change of major students. Students have two options to apply for the program during fall and spring start dates. Due to the high interest in the WCU nursing program, admission is very competitive and offers are granted to the most qualified applicants. Upon completion of the 4-year curriculum, students become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for initial licensure as registered nurses.

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Widener University

1 University Place, Chester PA 19013

Widener’s Pre-licensure program as the name suggests is designed for students who do not have prior nursing experience. The track is has a 4-year curriculum divided into two portions; a pre-nursing phase of prerequisites courses and a nursing major phase of professional nursing and clinical courses. Upon admission as freshmen, students must complete all courses of 1st and sophomore year courses the summer prior to start of junior year. Such courses must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade “C” in order to progress to junior level. Students who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher at the end of sophomore year are welcome to join the School of Nursing Honors Program (SONHP). SONHP helps talented students to build their leadership, scholarly and mentorship ambitions. The university also runs an active Students Nurses Association where students can take part in extracurricular activities in becoming a dynamic nurse.

Wilkes University

84 West S. St Wilkes-Barre PA 18766

The nursing undergraduate program at Wilkes University is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The baccalaureate program offers students the uncommon opportunity to start clinical courses on a full-load as early as the sophomore year, giving students up-to three years of clinical practice. While in the nursing program, students can join the Nursing Student Organization; a chapter of the National Student Nursing Association and the Student Nurses Association of PA  (SNAP). The Zeta Psi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nursing is also active in helping academically endowed nursing students develop their nursing research interests.

York College of Pennsylvania

441 Country Club Rd, York PA 17403

 The Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing at YCP has three options; for high school graduates, for licensed practical nurses and a completion option for registered nurses.  The generic BSN for high school graduates prepares them for initial licensure to enter the nursing field as generalists.  Students spend the 1st 3 semesters taking prerequisites before admission to the nursing major in the 2nd semester of sophomore year.  In total, about 120 students are admitted to take the nursing major each year for fall and spring semester classes. Students also have two choices to take the nursing major curriculum; track 1 for clinicals kick-off during the spring semester or track 2 for fall clinical progression.  However, those who choose to start clinicals in fall complete the program in 4.5 years as opposed to 4 years of students in track 1.

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