SFU Nursing BSN Ranks #1 in Nation


The Saint Francis University Nursing BSN program has ranked number one in the United States. The ranking was completed by rncareers.org, which examined 931 schools. SFU tied for the top spot. 

A significant portion of the ranking's criteria was determined by each school's NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate. The NCLEX-RN licensure exam is required for students to begin their career in nursing. Saint Francis has proudly touted a 100 percent NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for five years in a row. The feat is a testament to SFU's commitment to prepare its students to become a practicing nurse. 

According to rncareers.org, "we went directly to each state board of nursing to find, report and rank the the best BSN degree programs in the country."

The recognition is one of many extraordinary program accomplishments. The Nursing program has also been ranked the number one nursing program in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org.

"I want to congratulate all faculty, staff, administration, and graduates," 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. "As I have mentioned several times--this is a team effort with faculty 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 inter-professional 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 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 at Saint Francis University has full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program and master’s degree programs (MSN L/E; MSN FNP) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Saint Francis University remains fully accredited by the Middle States Commission.