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 

Master of Science in Nursing Program Adds Nursing Informatics, Forensic Nursing Degrees

by Janelle Hill | Dec 08, 2017

Students in DeSales University’s Master of Science in Nursing program can now earn degrees in two of nursing’s fastest-growing specialties.

Students can choose from the MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management or the MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics. This is the first time the degrees are being offered in the Lehigh Valley.

“We’re utilizing the uniqueness of DeSales with these different programs,” says Dr. Tricia Bernecker, associate professor of nursing and interim director of graduate nursing programs. “They’re very innovative degrees that are going to give people a very unique specialty.”

Healthcare information technology and forensic nursing are two of the fastest-growing fields for nurses across the United States. Both specialties were chosen in response to comprehensive needs assessments that were given to two local nurse practitioner groups as well as current nursing students, faculty, and alumni. 

“For years, we educated nurses under one common umbrella,” says Bernecker. “But as educators and as practicing nurses, they want to have that specialty knowledge, that specific education. There are places that need to have this expertise both in the valley and outside of the valley. We’re one of the few universities that can actually provide it.”

Students in the nursing informatics track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in healthcare information management through the completion of six courses in the Master of Science in Information Systems program.

The degree will prepare graduates for positions in bioinformatics, clinical decision support systems, mobile health applications, and as a nurse informaticist.

Students in the forensic nursing track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in investigative forensics through the completion of six courses in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program.

Graduates can pursue a number of different positions, including nurse investigator, sexual assault nurse examiner, nurse coroner, forensic psychiatric nurse, and mass disaster consultant and coordinator.

The nursing informatics track can be completed online, while the forensic nursing track combines both in-class and online courses.

“The reason why we have all these specialties is because of patient outcomes,” says Bernecker. “That’s our ultimate goal: to improve patient outcomes.”

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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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