Nursing: Traditional Day
Undergraduate Program

Begin taking nursing courses in the first semester of your sophomore year as you prepare for your career in nursing.

Extensive clinical and laboratory experience is an important part of the curriculum, and you'll practice at local hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinical facilities. You'll be guaranteed quality clinical placement in all subspecialties, including medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, acute care, and community health. Your senior year culminates in a capstone clinical and classroom experience where you'll manage a patient caseload under the supervision of a preceptor and present case studies for peer critique. Seniors who carry a 3.0 grade point average or better are eligible to enroll in one graduate course.

Did you know?

DeSales nursing students have an NCLEX pass rate of 96.36%!

Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years!

Nurse Scholars Program - 5 year BSN/MSN program

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 advanced their education with a master's degree and assumed positions of leadership in hospitals, health care agencies, and academia.

News & Notables 

DeSales Mu Omicron wins Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Key Award for First Time in the Chapter's History

by Jessica Ament | Nov 17, 2017

The DeSales University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, has won the prestigious Chapter Key Award for the very first time.

“The important part, for me, is that getting a key award means that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing as a chapter,” says Karen Peterson, assistant professor of nursing and president of Mu Omicron, the DeSales chapter. “Whether we got the award or not showed that we were striving to achieve the goals that the organization set.”

With more than 500 chapters of Sigma currently active worldwide, only 88 chapters were chosen to receive this award, making this win no small feat.

In order to be considered for the award, chapters must complete an application and demonstrate how they have fulfilled each of the goals.

Some examples of how Mu Omicron attained these goals include

  • sponsoring a child in Liberia, which allows for the child to receive an education

  • helping support the Allentown Rescue Mission

  • holding conferences to foster the continuing education of nurses.

The Chapter Key Award is given out at Sigma’s official conferences, held every two years, where the society’s president sets the goals that the chapters aim to achieve. This past cycle’s goals were philanthropy, advocacy, lifelong learning, and policy.

Mu Omicron was also recognized at the regional level, winning three Regional Excellence Awards.  

Peterson says that student involvement in the chapter is critical to succeeding in years to come, and they are already “in the process for the next key award.” Mu Omicron hopes to continue its success at the international level at the next biennial meeting of Sigma, which will be held in 2019.

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Study Abroad

As a DeSales Nursing student you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain global experience. Our students have spent time in Ireland, Italy, Peru, Tanzania, India, the United Kingdom, and more!

There are three ways to become a globe-trotting Bulldog:

  • Spend an entire semester studying abroad for THE SAME TUITION as a DeSales term
  • Travel internationally as part of a special DeSales course
  • Come along on one of our semester break trips

Learn more about the Study Abroad Program » 


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