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 

Nursing Student Kaylee Thomas Receives LeCoMASE Scholarship

by Janelle Hill | Feb 27, 2018

Junior nursing student Kaylee Thomas ’19 has an extra thousand dollars to put toward tuition, thanks to the Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary Scholarship and Education Fund (LeCoMASE).

Thomas received LeCoMASE’s 2017-2018 nursing scholarship, which is awarded to a third-year nursing student who lives in Lehigh County and is in good academic standing.

“I’m extremely grateful for it,” Thomas says. “I’m thankful. College is not cheap.”

Martha Maffeo, president of LeCoMASE, and Barbara Peters, chair of the nursing scholarship program at LeCoMASE, presented Thomas with the $1,000 scholarship.

LeCoMASE was established in 1968 to provide financial assistance to medical students from Lehigh County. In 2013, it set up a nursing scholarship award at DeSales.  

Pictured above (from left) are Martha Maffeo, president of LeCoMASE, Thomas, Barbara Peters, chair of the nursing scholarship program at LeCoMASE, and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, chair of the department of nursing and health at DeSales.

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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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