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Nursing

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 the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson*, 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 the Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (JMHSN). 

*The UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson located in New Castle, PA  is one of four UPMC Schools of Nursing. The legal name of the school is the Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. 

At Westminster College, nursing students prepare for their careers in the health field beginning day one. Through completing general science courses and other first year requirements, year one of the Collaborative Nursing Plan is dedicated to preparing students for acceptance into the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson and getting them adjusted to the Westminster RN-BSN program curriculum. 

In year two, nursing students complete various experiential learning opportunities such as nursing courses, lab experiences and clinical placements within the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson. Students also complete additional liberal arts courses required for the BSN degree at Westminster. 

At the end of the third year, successful graduates of the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson are eligible to complete the NCLEX-RN exam the summer before returning to finish their last year at Westminster. With active RN licensure, students continue in the College’s RN-BSN/post-licensure program to complete upper-level nursing coursework and fulfill remaining requirements needed for graduation.

 “The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted."

CCNE Public Disclosure Statement for Nursing Education Programs

9-11-17

The CCNE Accreditation Evaluation of the College's RN-BSN/ Post-licensure Program will be hosted virtually November 16-18, 2020. Participation in accreditation evaluation does not guarantee accreditation for a program. The Program will be notified of an accreditation decision in spring 2021. Accreditation approvals made by CCNE will be retro-active to the date that the Program was originally scheduled for a visit (for Westminster College that would be March 16, 2020).

UPDATE:

The RN-BSN/Post-licensure Program (also known as Year Four or the last year of the Nursing Major curriculum) will host virtual visitors for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) evaluation on November 16-18, 2020. As part of the CCNE accreditation process, there is opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Comments can be submitted to CCNE up to 21 days before the schedule on-site evaluation (submit on or before October 26, 2020).

If desired, comments can be sent to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
Or….. email: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org

Note: All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the Program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to the accreditation standards.

For any questions, please contact:

Tricia Ryan, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor and Department of Nursing Chair
Contact: ryantl@westminster.edu or 724-946-7470

 

What can you do with a Nursing degree?

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.