Saint Francis University's
nursing program has been ranked the number one nursing program in
Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org for the
second year in a row.
Seventy-seven nursing programs were assessed on several factors, which
represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond.
Past and present NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” weighted by year, were analyzed for this
University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program recently became the
only program in the state to have 100 percent of
its graduates pass the National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for the past five
“We are delighted by
this ranking, and so grateful for all of the time and effort that the
faculty, students, and administration have put forth in achieving such
outstanding outcomes,” said Dr. Rita Trofino, who serves as the
Associate Dean in the School of Health Sciences and Education, Nursing
Department Chair, and Professor of Nursing.
According to Dr. Trofino, job placement has been excellent, as 100 percent of graduates who seek professional employment within 3 months of graduation have jobs in the profession. Most have jobs within two months of graduation.
Areas of employment for recent graduates include: Conemaugh Health System, West Penn Hospital, West Virginia Ruby Memorial Medical Center, UPMC Altoona, Penn Highland DuBois Medical Center, Chambersburg Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Somerset Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, and The Cleveland Clinic-ICU.
Saint Francis has been
providing quality undergraduate nursing education for more than 30 years and
has recently built upon that excellence with the new Master of
Science in Nursing (MSN), Leadership/Education Track (L/E) which
opened in fall of 2016. This degree provides BSN graduates with a new option to
pursue administrative/leadership or educational roles, according to Dr.
Trofino. This program is now accepting applications for its summer
Dr. Lenore Resick,
CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, was recently hired as the Program Director for
the Master of
Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner Track (FNP).
The proposal for this new program was submitted to the PA State Board of
Nursing in December of 2016. The department is currently awaiting word on approval of this
baccalaureate nursing program at Saint Francis University has full approval by
the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program and
master’s degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).