Are you a problem solver? Are you creative? Can you see yourself as a member of a team that changes lives?


We prepare students to become skilled, professional and compassionate RoyalRNs – bedside clinicians, advocates, scholars and leaders – in a supportive university community centered around Catholic and Jesuit values.

With a strong base in the liberal arts, we offer a holistic and global perspective on family- and patient-centered nursing care in a variety of clinical settings.

Why is Nursing in Demand?

  • Research shows that health professions and related clinical sciences are in the top five college majors most in demand today (
  • BSN-prepared nurses are highly sought after. Most clinical settings across the country are now requiring at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • U.S. News & World Report lists nursing as one of the top-ranking jobs in healthcare.
  • For the Class of 2017, Scranton nursing students reported an average salary of $65,000.

  • The projected growth of jobs for nurses is higher than that for most other professions. (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Willing to work hard and stretch beyond your comfort zone?
  • Compassionate and accepting of others?
  • Organized and able to focus? Accountable?
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Nursing

Clinical experience.    Students begin learning in “real life” situations starting in their sophomore year. They work alongside professionals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and gain a wide range of experience.
Dedicated faculty and staff.    Highly qualified faculty are teacher-scholars in specific areas of nursing. Many remain active in clinical practice. They are passionate about teaching and are very accessible to their students.
Collaborative learning.    In the classroom and in clinical experiences, students are in groups that allow substantial interaction.
Jesuit education.    Striving for excellence and treating students (and patients) as individuals are central to the values that are modeled and taught in the nursing program. There is a strong emphasis on social justice, ethics and leadership in the nursing program.
NLN Center of Excellence   The National League of Nursing (NLN) named the University's Department of Nursing a Center of Nursing Excellence for 2016-2020 in recognition of its sustained efforts in “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.” The NLN is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education with 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

The program offers so many opportunities and support for the students. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.

Andrew Hill
Class of 2016

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    You'll learn how to:

    • Practice patient-centered care
    • Function in interdisciplinary teams
    • Use evidence in practice
    • Use informatics in your profession
    • Effectively put to work your empathy, care and compassion
    • Advocate for others who cannot do so for themselves
    • Work to improve health care delivery and patient safety

    Active Learning

    The University of Scranton’s nursing programs have an exceptional number of opportunities and requirements for learning health care through hands-on endeavors. A new simulation lab was completed in August 2016.


    There are opportunities in diverse settings, including: specialty hospital units, ICU, operating room, emergency department, inpatient, outpatient, community health centers, home care and hospice. Three of the hospitals are located just three blocks from campus.

    Clinical Liaison Nurse Program

    Throughout the program, undergraduate students have the opportunity to work bedside, 1:1, with an expert clinical staff nurse caring for up to five patients.


    Students interested in pediatrics have the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to spend time at a nationally- and internationally-recognized children’s hospital. They also spend time caring for children in daycare centers, community schools and emergency clinics.

    The faculty are amazing and challenge us to be the best we can be. I feel prepared to start my career and I feel proud to call myself a Royal RN.

    Amanda Daru
    Class of 2016, Student Nurses Association President

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    Requirements for nursing degrees involve both classroom courses and significant clinical/laboratory work for optimal learning outcomes.

    For the BSN, students start their study with biology and chemistry courses in their first year. They move on to the fundamentals of nursing and then begin taking courses in specialized areas ranging from nursing for mental health to pediatrics to community nursing.

    As part of our emphasis on global learning, students have the opportunity to participate in our study abroad program. Where do they go? We tell them they are only limited by their own imagination! Examples of recent study abroad trips include Australia, Spain, England, Ireland and South Africa.

    Click here to see the curricula for all nursing degree programs.


    A high-level, shorter duration internship, externships are completed at prestigious hospitals nationwide. Our students have been selected for national externships at the following places:

    • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    • Lehigh Valley Hospital
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering
    • New York University Hospital
    • Union Memorial Hospital
    • Vanderbilt Medical Center
    • Georgetown University Hospital
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    To be a Royal RN is to be a nurse among the best. Our students practice in a university community that is engaged in Jesuit values. It is these values and a strong liberal arts education that sets our graduates apart.  Nursing students are challenged in and out of the classroom to strive for excellence and provide genuinely compassionate, holistic care. Nursing students at Scranton aren’t only preparing to make a difference during their careers. They make a difference from the day they join our community by working directly with patients (along with professionals), and through service-learning and special projects.

    For example, our students travel to communities of Newark, New Jersey, Appalachia, Kentucky, Los Angeles, California, and Savannah, Georgia, where they have worked within impoverished communities to provide health screenings and health education.

    Our students have traveled internationally to Haiti and Uganda and worked alongside nurses in hospitals and clinics.

    During clinical experiences and other hands-on learning activities, nursing students work with patients under the supervision of professors. They perform hands-on assessments and care to patients in a supported, precepted environment. 


Where will nursing take me?

Students enter the workplace armed with practical skills and experience. There is a wide variety of settings in which nursing skills are needed. Graduates may work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities or nursing homes. They may work as school nurses or in other locations where people will potentially need care. They may work in private or group practices. Nurses are health advocates, researchers and educators. Opportunities to earn advanced credentials or graduate degrees are growing.

Top Graduate Schools

Some of the graduate schools that have admitted recent nursing graduates:

  • The University of Scranton
  • Villanova University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • Yale University
  • St. Louis University
  • New York University

Leading Employers:

Royal RN’s are sought after for jobs at some of the most prestigious hospitals and in private practices, hospices, nursing homes and community health centers, among other careers. Here is a list of just some of the top employers:

Community Health Systems:

  • Regional Hospital
  • Moses Taylor Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Hahnemann University Hospital

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

Because of the extensive hands-on training, the transition to full-time employment as a nurse is seamless for most graduates. Through learning and practice experiences off-campus, students have developed professional contacts and have a clearer sense of where their interests and talents lie. The high volume of education and quality of experiences give our nursing students an edge in the job market.

Faculty get to know and work with students personally. They serve as mentors and celebrate their graduates’ success.

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Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540

Catherine Lovecchio, Ph.D., RN
Chair, Department of Nursing
(570) 941-7673

Kimberly Subasic, Ph.D., RN
Undergraduate Program Director
(570) 941-7673