Gannon University

Gannon University is a private, Catholic institution awarding associate’s through doctoral degrees and certificates.  Based in Pennsylvania, the university was founded as Cathedral College in 1925 by Archbishop John Mark Gannon.  Now home to over 3,000 full and part-time students, the university offers programs of study in Humanities, Business, Education, Social and Health Sciences.  Gannon University has a host of extracurricular opportunities available to students including study abroad programs.

Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • Offers 1 online bachelor and 1 online certificate program.
  • Campus based bachelors and masters of science degree programs.
  • Programs delivered on campus offer flexible scheduling including evening and weekend classes, and a part-time study option.
  • 100% career placement rate for nursing graduates.

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

There are many reasons to attend Gannon University’s online and campus-based degree programs.  Nursing programs at Gannon University utilize a community-oriented curriculum, which takes a holistic approach to providing care to individuals, their families and communities.  The university works with Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) to allow students to participate in ROTC to gain training for army nursing.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing

Gannon University believes that professional nursing begins at the baccalaureate level. Students who pursue Gannon University’s online RN to BSN program will not duplicate previous education or re-take classes, as the school of nursing operates in agreement with the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model, which allows nurses to gain articulation for credit for areas of previous education.

Areas of study in the degree program include:

  • Transitions to Professional Nursing
  • Research in Nursing
  • Promoting Healthy Communities Management and leadership in nursing
  • Other nursing electives

Duration and Cost

A total of 128 credits are required for the BSN degree. Students can earn credit from previous work and challenge exams. As a result, students may begin their studies at Gannon University with up to 41% of their degree already complete.  Tuition for each year is approximately $24,980.

Online Certificates in Nursing

The Certificate in School Nursing may be completed online, and is offered to nurses currently holding or enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.  The program is offered in conjunction with the school of education.  Courses for the program include:

–           Foundations of American Education and lab

–           Minority Groups

–           School Nursing

Duration and Cost

The program is 11 credits.  Tuition is $630 to $810 per credit for part-time students.


Gannon University’s nursing faculty are committed to providing student centered education.  The small student to faculty ratio at Gannon University allows students to gain close mentoring and supervision from faculty.

Things to consider:

  • Students in the RN to BSN program must be licensed nurses with an associate’s degree.
  • Students must be licensed in Pennsylvania to receive school nursing certificate.


Gannon University’s nursing programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Gannon University
109 University Square
Erie, Pennsylvania 16541-0001