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Nursing (B.S.)

B.S., Nursing

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

The compassion and expertise nurses put into their work are traits that carry healing power. As a Nursing major pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you will get the training and education you’ll need to join this respected profession.  A nurse today is a clinician, patient advocate, manager, and educator.

Among the nursing courses you’ll take are Professional Nursing I-III, Health Assessment, Research Utilization in Nursing, Adult Health Clinical I-II, Maternal-Child Health, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Community Health, Foundations of Nursing, and Maternal-Child Health Clinical.  Your science courses will include Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, General Microbiology, Chemistry 101, and Chemistry 102. You’ll also take a Nutrition course.

Your first year will consist mainly of science and liberal studies courses. Nursing courses and clinicals begin the second year. Clinical sites include a variety of agencies in towns within about a sixty-mile radius of IUP, including Greensburg, Latrobe, DuBois, and, occasionally, Pittsburgh. Before starting the clinical year, students need to meet special requirements that include health screenings and a criminal background check.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing prepares you to practice as a Registered Nurse or to pursue further education in advanced practice nursing. Advanced practice roles include Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Registered Anesthetist (CRNA), and Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent. Employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the labor study.  One reason for this growth is the projected increase in the older population, which tends to need more nursing services than does the younger generation.

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Special Features

  • Students can choose to live in the Suites on Maple East at IUP, which has a wellness theme and is geared toward students enrolled in Nursing and Allied Health, Food and Nutrition, and Health and Physical Education.  One section of the suites building comprises a residential environment supportive of a substance-free lifestyle.
  • Scholarships are available for nursing students.
  • Students can join several organizations while they are in the Nursing program, including ATD (Alpha Tau Delta), Sigma Theta Tau, SNAP-IUP, Nurses’ Christian Fellowship (NCF), Class Officers, and the Student Advisory Committee.
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions graduate programs at IUP include the Ph.D. in Nursing, M.S. in Nursing/Administration Track, the M.S. in Nursing/Education Track, and M.S. in Health Services Administration.