Nursing students at Westminster College embark on a four-year journey of preparation for entry into a rewarding, high-demand profession. Through a collaboration with UPMC’s Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (JMHSN), enrolled students are provided with a high quality liberal arts education leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from Westminster College and a diploma in nursing from JMHSN.
In year one, courses are completed to promote the academic success of the student in areas of writing, communication, wellness, nutrition, psychology, anatomy/physiology and microbiology. During this year, faculty assist the student in transitioning to years two and three. These years are mostly comprised of intensive nursing courses and clinical at JMHSN. Courses during these years include health assessment, human growth and development, fundamentals of nursing, medical-surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics and mental health nursing.
At the end of year three, the student graduates from the nursing program at JMHSN and earns a diploma in nursing. The student is then eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Passing the NCLEX-RN earns the student licensure as a Registered Nursing (RN). Beginning in the fall of year four, the student completes remaining Westminster College courses and higher level nursing courses such as community health nursing, nursing research and a senior practicum in a student-chosen nursing field resulting in the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Imagine yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN). RN’s with a BSN degree have numerous options in nursing to choose from including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, trauma nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, home health care and community-health nursing. In addition, many RN’s continue their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Registered Nurses can also earn professional certifications to become nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (CRNP) and nurse educators (CNE). The profession of nursing IS more rewarding than you can imagine.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing