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The College of Health and Human Services offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Students are admitted to the nursing major as freshmen. Transfer students and those with a previous degree may also be admitted. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is prepared to write the examination for licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania and all other states. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The nursing curriculum has as its primary goal the development of professional nurse generalists who are liberally educated, clinically competent, and aware of their social responsibilities as health professionals. The program is designed to provide a broad background in liberal education coupled with the specialized knowledge and skills required for professional nursing practice. Additionally, the curriculum prepares the nurse to practice within the professional code of nursing ethics, to function effectively as a member of the health care team, and to utilize scientific principles in planning, implementing, and evaluating health care. The nursing curriculum emphasizes concepts in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of health problems.

The first two semesters are devoted mainly to Liberal Studies and science courses considered essential to the nursing major. Throughout the last six semesters, clinical experiences in patient care are provided in acute and long-term care facilities as well as community settings.

Detailed information is available in the department office regarding requirements such as health screening, liability insurance, legal clearance, transportation, and professional uniforms.

Outcomes and Definitions for Baccalaureate Degree

The program outcomes include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) core competencies of baccalaureate nursing education: assessment, communication, critical thinking, and technical skills. Professional role development was added as a fifth outcome. The outcomes are defined below.

  1. Assessment: gathering information about the health status of the patient, analyzing and synthesizing those data, making judgments about nursing interventions based on the findings, and evaluating patient care outcomes. Assessment also includes understanding the family, community, or population and utilizing data from organizations and systems in planning and delivering care.
  2. Communication: a complex, ongoing, interactive process that forms the basis for building interpersonal relationships. Communication includes listening, as well as oral, nonverbal, and written communication skills.
  3. Critical thinking: underlies independent and interdependent decision making. Critical thinking includes questioning, analysis, synthesis, interpretation, inference, inductive and deductive reasoning, intuition, application, and creativity.
  4. Technical skills: Skill development should focus on the mastery of core scientific principles that underlie all skills, thus preparing the graduate to incorporate current and future technical skills into their nursing responsibilities, and apply skills in diverse contexts of health care delivery.  Acquisition and use of technical skills are required for the delivery of nursing care. The graduate should be able to perform, teach, delegate, and supervise these skills with safety and competence.
  5. Professional Role Development: Nurses are members of a profession. The term professional implies the acquisition and use of a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for practice. Professional nursing requires strong critical thinking, communication and assessment skills, and the demonstration of a balance of intelligence, confidence, understanding, and compassion. Membership in the profession requires the development and acquisition of an appropriate set of values and an ethical framework. As advocates for high-quality care for all individuals, nurses must be knowledgeable and active in the political and regulatory processes defining health care delivery and systems of care. Nurses also must be committed to lifelong learning and be willing to assume responsibility for planning their professional careers, including graduate study as the route to advancement. While the context of nursing practice is changing significantly, the role to the beginning professional nurse continues to encompass three broad areas: provider of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations; designer, manager, and coordinator of care; and member of a profession.

  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
  • Graduate Nursing (MS): 724-357-7647
  • PhD Nursing: 724-357-3269
  • Fax: 724-357-3267
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.