Beginning in January, Holy Family University will begin offering a full-time 14-month nursing program designed for those with a bachelor's degree who may be interested in entering the nursing field.
The second degree BSN program will cost $29,000 from start to finish, according to a Holy Family University press release.
“Our second degree nursing program will combine the latest technology in nursing education with our proven nursing program,” Ana Maria Catanzaro, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions said in the release. “When you add our clinical opportunities and affordability, our program really stands out as the best choice in the Philadelphia area.”
In order to prepare for this new program, Holy Family University will install a new state-of-the-art simulation lab at its Newtown location. The lab will house eight adult, child, and birthing simulation mannequins (“They do everything but get up and walk away,” said Catanzaro); eight simulation tools designed for students to master skills like IV insertion, catheterization, and NG tube insertion; and a video system that allows students to view their simulations to critique and learn from their hands-on experiences.
This lab represents a more than $500,000 investment into the learning experience of Holy Family University nursing students.
Students will proceed in a rigorous, prescribed, accelerated course sequence. In order to be admitted, students must have maintained a 3.0 GPA, with a 2.75 GPA in math and science courses, in previous degree work. Certain prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the nursing program; Holy Family University has flexible options to meet these requirements. Criminal and child abuse clearances, health clearances, and CPR must be completed prior to enrollment in clinical courses.
Holy Family University, which is based in Northeast Philadelphia, also operates a campus in Bensalem Township.