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Recognized as a leading accredited undergraduate and graduate level nursing program, Bloomsburg University prepares future nurses for a wide range of careers in critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, trauma, home care, and other clinical specialties and case management.

  • Nursing (BSN) — This rigorous and demanding program requires students to have exceptional leadership and time management skills, self-assurance and critical thinking.
  • RN-BSN — The 100% online RN-BSN program is a perfect fit for those RNs seeking to continue their education. This progressive curriculum provides vital knowledge and skills for multifaceted roles of a professional nurse.
  • RN-BSN-MSN — As health care shifts from hospital-centered, inpatient care to primary and preventive care, the health system requires registered nurses who not only can practice across multiple settings but can function with more.
  • Nursing (MSN) — The challenging program vital knowledge and skills for multifaceted roles of advanced nursing practice.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — This program prepares nurse leaders to apply advanced practice skills at the highest level of clinical practice. Students will be prepared to assume a higher level of responsibility and leadership in nursing and health care.

Freshman Applicants — To ensure there's an available spot and you're meeting any program-specific deadlines, applications must be received by Nov. 15.

Internal Transfers — Deadline for transfer is Nov. 15. To be considered, students must attend an interest session and complete the BU Internal Transfer Student Application. The applications are available in the department office. Please call to schedule your interest session.

External Transfers — Deadline for transfer is Nov. 15. If you're currently attending, or you have earned credits after high school, at a regionally accredited college or university, you can apply to the BSN program. Transfer application. Final decisions will be made around mid-May by the Department of Nursing. The nursing program is very competitive, so space is limited.

All deadlines are based on the qualifications of the candidate. Our nursing major is highly competitive; this deadline must be met. Decisions are not made on a rolling basis for nursing, unlike other undergraduate programs.

Departmental Mission Statement

The faculty of the Department of Nursing accepts as its own the mission of Bloomsburg University and recognizes education for professional nursing as an integral part of higher education. The educational process integrates concepts drawn from the liberal arts and sciences into the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in nursing to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional behaviors essential to beginning or advanced practitioners of professional nursing.

Effective May 1992; Revised June 2011; Revised October 2020

Departmental Philosophy

The faculty believe that the person is an open system interacting with other systems – family, group and community. The person is a holistic being with biopsychosocial spiritual and cultural needs. As an open system, the person is in continuous and dynamic interaction with the environment. The person adapts to changes in this environment and grows throughout the life span. The faculty believe in the inherent worth and uniqueness of individuals and populations. Each person possesses human sameness yet reveals unique cultural, racial, religious, gender, lifestyle, genetic, and age-related characteristics. Each person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in a nondiscriminatory manner.


The faculty believe that the environment is multidimensional, global, dynamic, and integral to persons and their biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs. Environment encompasses diverse sociocultural, psychological, technological, and physiological elements. These elements influence and are influenced by the interaction of legal, ethical, physical, economic, sociological, and political forces. People experience the environment as individuals, families, and communities who share common beliefs and values. Given the dynamic and reciprocal relationship between the person and the environment, nursing must be responsive to lifestyle and environmental factors that are major determinants of population health.


The faculty believe that health is a dynamic process across the life span, up to and including end-of-life. Individual and population-based health is defined and influenced by the health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Health is defined by the individual. Dynamic relationships among evolving individuals, families, and communities and changing social and environmental contexts are critical determinants of health.


The faculty believe that nursing is a professional discipline that is both an art and a science. Nursing focuses on the person as individuals, families, communities, and populations in a caring and holistic manner. Nursing is a process of simultaneous, purposeful actions that are theory-based, contextual and grounded in critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and the scientific method. The goal of nursing is to promote optimal health and prevent disease and injury at individual and population levels. As practitioner, teacher, leader/manager, and consumer of research, the baccalaureate nurse values a sense of inquiry and participates in the process of retrieval, appraisal, and synthesis of evidence in collaboration with the person and other inter-professionals to guide practice and improve patient outcomes. At the master’s level, the advanced practice nurse assumes leadership as a practitioner, educator, manager/administrator, consultant, and researcher in specialized areas of nursing practice. The faculty believe that it is essential to educate nurses who view the profession as a scientific discipline possessing a belief system reflecting ethical values, practice according to professional standards, demonstrate concern for humankind, and commit to life-long learning, self-reflection and ongoing self-awareness development.

Effective May 1992; Revised May 1996; December 1999; December 9, 2005; April 17, 2009

Your support of the academic community is critical for its continued success. Gifts from our alumni and friends allow our faculty to mentor students in their research projects throughout the year and put our students in the best position to succeed by helping provide availability of the latest technology, research and teaching methods.

Your support makes a difference

Everyone needs a nurse at some point in their life, so please consider supporting the Department of Nursing with a monetary gift to help ensure that high quality nurses are there when you need them. Our nursing program is recognized as a leading accredited program, and it is also ranked as one of the most affordable in PA. Your donation can help increase funding for equipment, supplies, educational trips, and research opportunities that will enhance the critical thinking and technical skills of our students.

The Simulated Learning Lab (SLL) provides a learning environment for students to practice skills and critical thinking. The SLL contains numerous medium and high-fidelity adult and pediatric simulation manikins that allow students to critically assess and respond to varying patient situations they may not see in the clinical setting. The SLL also contains a simulated electronic patient record system for documentation practice and an automated medication dispensing system. The SLL is a vitally important environment for building confident nurses who can think critically.

Senior level students expand their political advocacy awareness via a class trip to the Capitol in Harrisburg where they meet with legislators. It is imperative for our students to recognize the importance of being politically active and be competent in advocacy for patients and the profession in this ever-changing health care arena.  Additionally, BU nursing students participate in community and public health fairs and programs providing education to various population aggregates, and your donation can assist in obtaining the materials needed for these educational projects.

The Husky Difference

Nursing graduate walks in procession during spring commencement in Redman Stadium
Our nursing program is ranked 6th of 76 schools in Pennsylvania according to In addition, we’re ranked 67th in the Mid-Atlantic region by
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The baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree in nursing programs at Bloomsburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K St. NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Bloomsburg University listed among the best prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs in PA
Top 3 in PA
We’re listed by Nursing Schools Almanac as one of the best prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs in Pennsylvania.

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