Undergraduate Programs in Nursing and Allied Health Professions

  • Nursing students learn from experienced professors

    Embrace the Complexities of Healthcare in IUP's Comprehensive and Holistic Nursing Program

    Providing care for patients, families, communities and military personnel in need of help is a contribution society will always respect and reward. As the healthcare system grows more complex, the role of the nurse-as provider, manager, technician, and coordinator-will only expand in value.

    Our eclectic approach to nursing incorporates a strong academic education with care theories and hands-on learning with those technologies used in hospitals and clinics. Your studies will prepare you to address the synergy of mind, body, and spirit. You'll learn to care for people of diverse ethnicities, ages, and religious backgrounds. As a professional nurse, you will also come to understand the importance of taking care of yourself while coming to the aid of others.

    A Variety of Programs in Both Nursing and Allied Health

    IUP offers two nursing degrees that students can choose from depending on how much experience they have in the field. We also offer five programs in allied health, including clinical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, respiratory care, and gerontology.

    Why Nursing?

    A severe shortage of nurses may occur by 2020, according to the U.S. Healthcare Resources and Services Administration. There is therefore a great need for more men and women to embrace this profession which offers geographical mobility, financial security, and fulfillment at many levels of expertise.

    Why Allied Health?

    With the continued specialization of modern medicine, the need for those who can work closely with physicians as scientists, technologists, or therapists has never been greater.

    The World Needs Nursing Majors

    As a nursing professional you can touch the lives of infants, children, teens, adults, and elders. Working at the local, national, and international level, the nursing population is the largest portion of the healthcare network.

    The World Needs Allied Health Majors

    Through your work as an allied health professional you can prevent the spread of disease, and treat and rehabilitate people of all ages. Allied health professionals make up more than half the total health workforce in America, and that number is growing.

    Expected Outcomes With an Undergraduate Degree in Nursing

    IUP offers exemplary programs that prepare you for work in a variety of health care environments. The excellent academic education you receive coupled with your BS degree brings you bigger, better job opportunities-and a path to master's and doctoral degrees.

    • High-quality BS programs prepare you to make a significant impact on health in rural and urban environments.
    • Scholarship-service partnerships with the military provide a free education that leads to lucrative job assignments. Learn more about the ROTC scholarship programs at IUP.
    • BS programs prepare you to climb the ladder to master's and doctoral programs that lead to positions as educator, team leader, or administrator.

    Expected Outcomes With an Undergraduate Degree in Allied Health

    IUP also offers degree paths in allied health for those who want to work in a laboratory, assist physicians in critical procedures, or work as therapists.

    • Gain the degree needed to work as a clinical laboratory scientist and specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology, and other biological sciences.
    • Acquire the skills and degree necessary to perform diagnostic procedures and tests with nuclear medicine physicians.
    • Be prepared to evaluate, treat, and care for those with breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders.

    The IUP Difference

    Simulation Lab. State-of-the-art home health, birthing, and critical care suites are equipped with computerized mannequins. These experiential learning environments are the best way to develop strong, confident nursing skills.

    Clinical Exposure. Our program gradually exposes you to the real-life world of nursing by placing you in various clinical environments for three of your four academic years.