Students wishing to study nursing can find undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in the field at several different Christian colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. These schools are spread throughout the state and vary in size and other characteristics. Explore some of these schools and their nursing programs.
There are several Christian colleges and universities in Pennsylvania from various denominations that offer nursing programs. Compare some of the schools' denominations and tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Villanova University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Villanova, PA||$51,284|
|Waynesburg University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Waynesburg, PA||$24,010|
|Eastern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||American Baptist||Saint Davids, PA||$32,145|
|Geneva College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Reformed Presbyterian Church||Beaver Falls, PA||$26,070|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania
The different Christian nursing schools in Pennsylvania provide students with a variety of spiritual growth opportunities and unique academic programs. Here we discuss a few of the schools in depth and what makes them unique.
Villanova University had about 7,000 undergraduate students and about 3,840 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in the field. The college also has continuing education programs in nursing, diverse clinical experiences and 11 different global health sites for students to participate in service and educational programs. Nursing students can participate in a wide range of nursing organizations on campus, including Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Graduate Nurse Network and Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). Students can also develop their spiritual lives through worship services, spiritual retreats, weekly devotionals, service and social justice activities, sports and spirituality ministries and/or participation in spiritual organizations, like the Catholic Student Association.
Waynesburg University also offers on-campus bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing, as well as a 100% online RN to BSN program. Students in these programs have access to a state-of-the-art simulation lab and take coursework in various areas of nursing, such as maternity, pediatric and psychiatric. The university has a variety of student nursing organizations, including SNAP and Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honorary. Students can grow spiritually by participating in Bible studies, attending weekly chapel services and/or engaging in service opportunities. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had 1,400 undergraduates and a little over 400 graduate students.
Eastern University offers some unique student ministries that help students practice their faith, including the Watchmen prayer ministry, Habitat for Humanity, the Transformed! drama ministry and a prison ministry. Students interested in studying nursing can pursue bachelor's or master's degree programs in the subject, as well as a certification in school nurse (K-12). The university's Traditional Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program allows students to focus on different areas of study, like holistic family nursing or maternal child nursing. According to the NCES, the university had a little over 2,080 undergraduate students and close to 1,340 graduate students in 2016.
Geneva College offers a unique 1-2-1 year BSN nursing program in which students spend most of their second and third years doing nursing clinicals at the Community College of Beaver County. This allows students to earn their Associate in Nursing (ADN) while working toward their BSN. Students can still live on-campus at Geneva College all four years of the program. Geneva College had about 1,460 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Students are required to attend the 15 chapel services held each semester, but can miss up to four. Chapel services are recorded and posted online and include the singing of the Psalms of the Bible.
According to the NCES, Messiah College had close to 2,790 undergraduate students and close to 520 graduate students in 2016. The college offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree program in nursing, as well as an RN to MSN degree program. Students pursuing the master's degree programs can choose from a program in nurse educator or nursing administration. The doctoral degree program is for prospective family nurse practitioners. Specifically for nursing students, the college has the Nurses' Christian Fellowship that supports nursing students and helps prepare them for ministry through the profession. Students can also grow spiritually through worship services, small groups, pastoral counseling and other ministries, such as the AROMA sports ministry.