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BSN Programs in Pennsylvania

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      Nursing is a rewarding career for those who excel in the sciences and enjoy working with people. According to the Pennsylvania Occupational Outlook Handbook, about 123,000 registered nurses worked in Pennsylvania in 2004, with job openings expected to increase between 2005 and 2014 as an aging population puts more demands on the health care system. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing isn't required to practice nursing in Pennsylvania. A four-year degree, however, can open up career choices and opportunities for advancement for nurses.

    University of Scranton

    • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Scranton combines education in nursing skills and a firm grounding in the liberal arts. In keeping with the mission of this Jesuit university, students take classes in philosophy and theology and must complete 40 hours of community service in their first two years of college. The curriculum allows students who wish to study abroad can do so for a semester in their sophomore year without falling behind in the nursing coursework. Clinical experiences at several nearby hospitals begin in the latter half of the sophomore year upon completion of foundation science courses in chemistry, nutrition and microbiology. Juniors and seniors can take elective courses such as a two-semester series in forensic nursing, which deals with the nursing care for both crime victims and perpetrators.

      Department of Nursing
      The University of Scranton
      800 Linden St.
      Scranton, PA 18510
      570-941-7673
      academic.scranton.edu/department/nursing/

    The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

    • Penn State offers a BSN program at its main campus in University Park. As part of the required clinical coursework, students practice nursing skills on mannequins in a simulation lab. Built in 2009, the lab features lifelike mannequins that can be programmed by instructors to display symptoms of almost any illness or condition, from heart attacks to psychiatric emergencies to childbirth. Students must spend the junior or senior year in Hershey for clinical training at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center, a medical campus that includes a children's hospital, psychiatric hospital and rehabilitation center. The school sponsors short-term programs in Sweden, South Africa and Central America for those who wish to study abroad.

      School of Nursing
      The Pennsylvania State University
      201 Health and Human Development E.
      University Park, PA 16802
      814-863-0245
      hhdev.psu.edu/nurs/undergrad/BSprogram.html

    University of Pittsburgh

    • The University of Pittsburgh's BSN program integrates students into the School of Nursing from the first day of their freshman year. First semester students take a seminar on the basics of the nursing profession and the skills needed to succeed in college. In the second semester, another introductory course focuses on the roles of today's nurses around the world. Freshmen and sophomores may pair up with a junior or senior 'mentor' who can give them advice and guidance. Upperclassmen learn clinical skills at sites around Pittsburgh, including Children's Hospital and the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Hospital.

      University of Pittsburgh
      School of Nursing
      Victoria Building
      3500 Victoria St.
      Pittsburgh, PA 15261
      412-624-4586
      nursing.pitt.edu/index.jsp

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