Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at West Chester University provides the highest quality undergraduate nursing education to students from diverse populations. The BSN provides the foundations of entry into nursing practice, and is based on contemporary nursing science, organizational, political, cultural and economic principles. All graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based quality nursing care, to be professionals capable of assuming leadership in present and emerging health care roles, and to be contributing members of society who are committed to life-long learning and personal development. Get Involved: • Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Service Fraternity for all Health Science Majors • Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society • Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania



Traditional Pre-licensure Undergraduate Program

Our traditional 4-year BSN program focuses on the science and art of nursing. Students have a wide variety of clinical experiences including acute care, community health, day care centers, schools, retirement centers, nursing homes, and veterans hospitals. Personalized attention is a hallmark of the BSN program, especially in the clinical setting with a 1:8 faculty/student ratio. WCU’s on-campus learning laboratory allows our students to practice and perfect their skills prior to actual contact with clients.

Accelerated Pre-licensure Undergraduate Program

The Advance-2-BSN is an 18-month, full-time program for students who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than nursing and are interested in earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is a cohort model, with 40 students moving through the program at the same time. Upon successful completion of the program graduates are then be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council on Licensure Examination for the RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.


Program Highlights

  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

  • Advanced practice nurses as faculty members 

  • Opportunities for faculty research, and conference presentations 

  • State-of-the-art labs and clinical simulation facilities 

  • Study abroad opportunities in India, Africa, and beyond According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nursing is a rapidly growing field, with positions projected to increase by 15% by the year 2026. Nurses are in demand!


What can I do with this degree?

BSN graduates have obtained jobs in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community agencies, physicians' offices, etc. Most BSN graduates continue on with graduate study after a few years of experience as a professional nurse.

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Eleanor Whittum, a recent graduate of the BSN program, presented her research poster at the Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference in Philadelphia.