The nursing major prepares the graduate for practice at a beginning professional level in all areas of nursing, provides a knowledge base for graduate study, and fosters an awareness of the need for lifelong learning. Students in the baccalaureate program begin taking nursing courses in the first semester of their sophomore year. Extensive clinical and laboratory experience is an important part of the curriculum, with students practicing at local hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinical facilities. Students are guaranteed quality clinical placement in all subspecialties, including medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, acute care, and community health. The senior year culminates in a capstone clinical and classroom experience that requires students to manage a patient caseload under the supervision of a preceptor and present case studies for peer critique.
The Department of Nursing and Health was established in 1974. At that time, there was no institution of higher learning within the Lehigh Valley area that granted baccalaureate degrees in nursing. Community needs assessments verified that this type of program would be of value in serving the health care needs of people within the Lehigh Valley. The College first offered a major in Nursing in 1974, and graduated its first class of undergraduate nursing majors in 1978, granting them Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. This baccalaureate nursing education is based in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as Salesian teachings, and as such encourages students to realize their human potential in becoming nurses and caregivers.
Undergraduate seniors who carry a 3.0 grade point average or better are eligible to enroll in one graduate course per semester. Select high school applicants to the nursing major may be eligible for the Nurse Scholars Program. Students enrolled in this rigorous program accelerate their studies so that they graduate with both a BSN degree and an MSN degree within 5 calendar years. More than 800 students have graduated with BSN degrees since 1978. Many of these alumni have assumed positions of leadership in hospitals, health care agencies, and academia.
For additional information on the Traditional Program please contact:
- Admissions Department
Phone: 610.282.1100, ext. 1277