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Nursing Program Ranked Best in State 2nd Year in a Row

March 1, 2019 Tags: Distinctions , Health Sciences and Education , University News

2019 Top Ranked badgeSaint Francis University's nursing program has been ranked the number one nursing program in Pennsylvania by 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 ranking.

Saint Francis 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 consecutive years.

“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.

2018 Nursing ClassAreas 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 cohort.

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 program.

The 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 (


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