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SFU Nursing Program Ranks #1 in Nation

June 18, 2021 Tags: Academics , Admissions , Alumni , Distinctions , Health Sciences and Education , University News

rncareers best Nursing BSN 2021 badgeSaint Francis University’s  Nursing BSN program has been ranked number one nursing program (BSN) in the United States.

The ranking was completed by, which examined 930 schools and has SFU tied for the top honor. According to, "We went directly to each state board of nursing to find, report and rank the best BSN degree programs in the country."

"I want to congratulate all graduates and alumni," said Dr. Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN, who serves as the Nursing Department Chair and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education. "This is a team effort with students, faculty, administration, and staff supporting the development of a strong program."

About Nursing at SFU

The Department of Nursing’s goal is to inspire students to dedicate themselves to service, leadership, critical self-reflection and life-long learning in the spirit of Franciscan values.

The Nursing Program challenges students in the application of clinical reasoning, cultural competence, patient care technologies, and interprofessional collaborative practice.

Embracing an evidence-based approach, they are dedicated to providing safe and quality care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

Saint Francis University’s Nursing program has recently built upon its foundation with the new online nursing graduate programs:  Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership/Education (L/E,) MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track, and Post Master’s FNP certificate.


The baccalaureate nursing program, the MSN FNP, and Post Master's FNP at Saint Francis University have full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Saint Francis University remains fully accredited by the Middle States Commission.

About Saint Francis University

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan university in the U.S. and is located in the Allegheny Mountains in Loretto, PA. Learn more at

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