Beginning this fall, the School of Nursing at Mount Aloysius College will begin enrolling students into a new 3.5-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Part of the underlying premise to the new program is to meet the goal to increase the number of nurses entering the workforce with a baccalaureate degree.  “With the accelerated nature of the nursing course work, this program is a great choice for students straight out of high school to individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. As a result, this program is intense, and you have to be ready to hit the ground running,” said Julie Luetschwager, Ph.D., MSN, RN, dean of the School of Nursing.

“Overall, we want our nurses to be evidence-based clinical decision makers, and we want to also ensure they are making strides in their professional behaviors, interactions within the profession of nursing, and within interdisciplinary teams so they continue to contribute to the community and the nursing profession.”

The Mount Aloysius campus features a high-tech simulation center as a part of the new Nursing Resource & Simulation Center (NRSC). The four-bed simulation nursing unit is located in the new addition to Pierce Hall. In the simulation center, students participate in experiential learning in a safe, structured environment. Using life-like CAE computerized mannequins and other simulation equipment, students learn nursing interventions to provide high quality, safe care for patients.

In line with an increased program focus on mental health/addictions and gerontology, new partnerships with area community and healthcare agencies will expand BSN students’ opportunity to work and promote health and wellness with vulnerable populations. One of those partnerships is with Pyramid Healthcare.

The new pre-licensure BSN program has been granted Initial Approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.