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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Prepare for Your Meaningful Career with a Nursing Degree from Gannon University 

    Gannon University’s nursing program prepares you to enter professional nursing practice with care, confidence and competence. Our rigorous and engaging curriculum and intentional philosophy create an environment to support individual student needs and goals. The critical role of registered nurses in our health care system is ever-increasing, and so is the demand for highly skilled professionals. Start your journey with Gannon’s Villa Maria School of Nursing and prepare for your rewarding career.

    • Learn in a program that has held full approval from the PA State Board of Nursing since 1952.
    • CCNE AccreditatedAccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since 1965. 
    • Program flexibility allows you to pursue personal interests including athletics, military appointments or arts.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Nursing

    • Offer holistic nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and larger populations through a community-based curriculum.
    • Benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio in the clinical setting with nursing faculty who specialize in the area they teach.  
    • Become directly involved in service-learning opportunities that provide a strong basis for experiential knowledge. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Our Patient Simulation Center is integrated throughout the curriculum to enhance your clinical expertise, critical thinking ability and confidence in clinical practice.  
    • Experience nearly 1,000 hours of clinical education at more than 50 health care agencies in Erie and surrounding areas.  
    • Complete 224 hours of clinical work with a registered nurse preceptor to provide synthesis of the nursing role.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key nursing courses including: 

    Health Assessment I: Develop an approach for conducting and documenting a comprehensive health assessment while learning to consider variations specific to gender, age, developmental level and culture. Apply health promotion strategies to identified populations.

    Promoting Health in Child Rearing Families: Apply the nursing process in promoting health in pediatric populations through community-based clinical experiences, including ambulatory clinics, educational and in-patient sites.

    Comprehensive Nursing Practicum: Synthesize knowledge, skills and experiences in selected health care settings to develop independence in professional practice through this senior nursing practicum.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our nursing program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can:

    • Join graduates who have attained a 100% employment rate.  
    • Develop the knowledge and skills needed to complete your licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Our students have an average 95% pass rate over the last five years.
    • Enter a workforce that is expected to grow to 3.4 million by 2026, an increase of 15% since 2016.  
    • Earn an average starting salary of $61,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Exhibit caring in professional practice.
  2. Demonstrate the three fundamental aspects of nursing practice: 1) population focused health care, 2) health promotion, and 3) care of the sick in and across all environments.
  3. Demonstrate nursing practice built on nursing knowledge. Theory and research, as well as the ability to adapt and apply knowledge from other fields and disciplines.
  4. Exhibit critical thinking.
  5. Incorporate professional values, ethics, and legal aspects into nursing practice.
  6. Value lifelong learning
Ilya Kharkovskiy

Ilya Kharkovskiy Nursing

“Attending the nursing program at Gannon University has given me many opportunities to grow and develop as a person for my future career as a nurse. It helped me understand that wanting to become a nurse is more than just a career; it’s a passion for providing care, empathy, and advocacy for those in need. Gannon University Villa Maria School of Nursing gave me the chance to explore many aspects of nursing and be part of experiences that I will carry throughout my future career.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.

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