A nurse is often the first person patients see when they enter the health care system. He or she is also the first one to advocate for patients and their families. Whether you’re working in a hospital, doctor’s office, school or community clinic, you’ll be a valuable member of any health care team when you complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing at PennWest Edinboro.
Our curriculum is designed to prepare our students for NCLEX success by rich classroom, clinical and simulation experiences. To be a great nurse, graduates need to hone their clinical decision-making skills based on their body of knowledge. We utilize appropriate course sequencing, content delivery and assessment (testing) consistent with NCLEX success.
It takes critical thinking, ethical decision-making and a wealth of scientific knowledge to become a nurse. These skills form the backbone of the four-year Nursing program at PennWest Edinboro.
Our curriculum combines professional nursing courses and clinical learning experiences with general education requirements.
A highly qualified, respected faculty ensures you're always on track. They not only teach, but they help you develop both personally and professionally into the role of a nurse.
Upon completion of the program you'll receive a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree
and be eligible to take the NCLEX Examination for licensure to work as a Registered
The Traditional BSN program at PennWest Edinboro is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Traditional BSN program at PennWest Edinboro is also an approved program by the
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Edinboro offers two different paths to attain a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Choose either the traditional four-year program or an Accelerated three-semester option.
In the traditional program, you will be admitted as a freshman and follow a strong curriculum that combines general education courses, supporting science courses and nursing courses.
If you already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, you may receive your BSN through our Accelerated Program. The course work is streamlined and focuses on nursing-specific and related content. Admission to the Accelerated BSN program is competitive.
Completion of either program makes you eligible to take the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to attain licensure as a Registered Nurse.
In both programs you'll have many opportunities for hands-on learning that coincides with your academic coursework. Here are a few ways you'll get valuable patient experience:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of registered nurses will
grow 12 percent from now till 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Growth will occur due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates
of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health-care services
from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be a nurse. The field is wide open, with a variety of jobs and specialties that allow you to challenge yourself and pursue your professional interests in many unique settings.
You don’t have to stop with your bachelor’s degree. A significant number of our graduates choose to go on to graduate school or post-graduate certification programs, which open the doors to even more possibilities such as nurse practitioner, certified registered-nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager and nursing informatics specialist.
Learn more about Edinboro’s advanced Nursing degrees:
Take charge of your experience. Ask questions, meet our students and professors, and see the campus yourself.