Nursing Programs

Contact Information

Mary Ellen Symanski

Mary Ellen Symanski, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Department Chair

Priscilla Price

Priscilla Price
Nursing Department Secretary

     Nursing Resource Center
     Phone: 610.796.8217
     Fax: 610.796.8464


Nursing Program

Nursing Overview

Welcome to the Alvernia University Nursing Department. Alvernia University, offers several educational programs in nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels:

The Alvernia Nursing Programs offer students the opportunity to learn in an academic environment, which promotes development of knowledge, professionalism, collaboration and moral integrity.

The Nursing Programs are designed to function within a caring Franciscan environment, in accord with the Mission Statement of Alvernia University. The programs of study provide students with an education in the Catholic tradition, combining liberal arts, professional education, and its Franciscan values. Learning takes place within a caring Franciscan environment, emphasizing respect for the dignity of all human beings and the call to serve others. Christian values are blended with professional competence to provide students the knowledge and skills to serve others and function in leadership roles.

Graduates are prepared to deliver health care to persons of all ages, families and community groups with sensitivity to cultural and environmental factors. Since its inception in 1977, the nursing department has set a standard of excellence, reflected in graduates of all Alvernia nursing programs.

CCNE On-site Evaluation

The nursing BSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs of Alvernia University are scheduled for an on-site evaluation visit as part of the accreditation process for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The visit will take place from September 30 to October 1, 2014. Members of our community may be interested in providing comments about the programs and are invited to do so. Written and signed comments about the Alvernia University Nursing programs will be accepted by the CCNE until August 30, 2014.

All comments should be directed to Catherine Sneed, Accreditation Coordinator, at:

Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

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The nursing BSN, RN to BSN and MSN programs of Alvernia University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.