Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Program Overview

Immaculata's B.S.N. program prepares students academically, socially, and spiritually to practice within today's complex health care systems.  Building on the liberal arts and sciences, the program prepares students to care for patients at all stages of life, from birth and childhood through adulthood and into the later phases of life.

For 2016-17, Immaculata's nursing students had an NCLEX pass rate of 96.7 percent. This rate far surpasses the state pass rate (91 percent) and the national pass rate (86.9 percent).

Program Highlights

We offer more than a traditional nursing program. As a Catholic university, we incorporate strong values into our program, providing an environment that reinforces a sense of ethics, justice, and peace. You will leave the program with a strong sense of professional accountability and responsibility and openness to life-long learning.  You will become part of a learning community that will assist you in becoming a leader in health care.

As part of the B.S.N. program, you will apply theory and practice your skills through working in a nursing simulation lab and participating in clinical experiences. The simulation lab replicates clinical events in a realistic setting, allowing you to problem solve and "think on your feet" in critical situations.

Ally Carmody, 2017 BSN graduate, registered nurse

"The nursing classes are small and the professors are dedicated to each and every student. The clinical rotations help you connect what you are learning in the classroom to real-life scenarios, and they provide great hands-on nursing experience. My class utilized an online tool to prepare for the NCLEX that assigns a coach who monitors your progress and will let you know when you are ready to take the exam. It made taking the NCLEX a little less stressful.

"The Immaculata nursing program also prepared me to get my first nursing job by providing guidance on writing a resume, staging mock interviews, and writing sincere letters of recommendation. I was hired at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This job has always been my dream job, and Immaculata University helped me reach it."

—Ally Carmody '17, R.N., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
 

Clinical Experiences:

Clinical rotations provide hands-on experiences in a variety of nursing specialties:

  • Medical-surgical
  • Long-term and hospice care
  • Gerontology
  • Intensive care
  • Pediatrics
  • Maternity care
  • Emergency care
  • Psychiatric care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Community health
  • Drug and alcohol detoxification

In order to complete your clinical experiences, you will need to undergo drug screening, a criminal background check, and a child abuse clearance, along with any other requirements specified by the clinical agency. A nursing faculty member or a clinical preceptor will provide direct, on-site supervision for all clinical experiences.

All nursing students are required to complete medical and background clearances prior to the start of their clinical experiences.  More information regarding this can be found in the B.S.N. Student Handbook and will be distributed to students during Sophomore Nursing Orientation and throughout the junior and senior semesters.

For more information, see the B.S.N. Student Handbook.

 

Career Potential

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary for nurses is $68,450.

As a nurse, you will have diverse employment opportunities in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care services, long-term care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, and the military. Our graduates have been hired at prestigious hospitals and health care facilities, including Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps. Our graduates have also obtained leadership roles, including charge nurse, lead emergency room nurse, R.N. preceptor, trauma champion nurse, and lead for evidence-based practice implementation. Some of our alumni have earned certifications and are pursuing master's degrees and other advanced practice degrees, including nurse anesthetist and nurse educator.

“Immaculata’s nursing department not only provides me with skills for the nursing profession, but for life as well. Hands-on time in labs and clinical settings allow me to gain experience needed to provide excellent care with both precision and compassion." 

—Kelsey Adams '16, R.N., Temple University Hospital Lung Center

Accreditation

CCNE accreditedIn fall 2011, the bachelor’s degree in nursing was granted 10-year re-accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a holistic perspective in all areas of professional practice
  • Value the dignity of self and others in professional practice by seeking truth, acting justly, and fostering peace
  • Exhibit professional values based on ethical, legal, and moral standards for professional nursing practice
  • Act as a change agent to promote the health and welfare of all people
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care
  • Identify the impact of cultural forces, particularly their social, economic, and political aspects, on the health of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the global community
  • Employ inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care
  • Exhibit skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice
  • Apply teaching-learning principles in promoting health
  • Evidence an awareness of and interest in lifelong learning

Admission Requirements

Apply now - the priority deadline is January 30. Since admission to the nursing program is competitive, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

If you would like to major in nursing, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Submit an application to Immaculata University
  • Have evidence of legal authorization to work for any employer in the United States. Students who are unable to provide evidence of documented legal immigration status or citizenship will not be able to complete the required clinical experiences, which will impact their ability to meet course outcomes. In addition, they may be unable to obtain an R.N. license and secure employment in a health care setting.
  • High school transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with courses to include three units of mathematics (one of which is algebra) and two units of science, with related laboratory or the equivalent.
  • Acceptable SAT/ACT scores: 1500 minimum for tests completed before March 2016; 1090 minimum for tests completed in or after March 2016. If test scores are more than five years old, an entrance test will be required.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches, etc.
  • Essay on why you would like to pursue a career in nursing

Please send your materials to:

Immaculata University
College of Undergraduate Studies Office of Admission
Lillian P. Lettiere Center #118
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345

Freshman nursing students may only start in the fall term.

Transfer students must submit a transcript from previous college(s) documenting successful completion of at least 24 credits at an accredited institution. College GPA must be generally in the area of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of a C+ in any required science course if applicable. Please see the full admission requirements for transfer students.

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