After four decades and tremendous program growth, Alvernia's nursing programs — now housed in the John and Karen Arnold School of Nursing — continue to respond to current and emerging workforce needs by providing highly skilled, highly educated, values-based practitioners and leaders, at all levels in the healthcare continuum.

More than 1,000 Alvernia nursing graduates have become front-line professionals who directly impact the health of citizens, administrators who improve clinical environments, nurse educators, technology integrators, and clinical researchers who use data to improve patient outcomes and nursing practices.

Built upon a firm foundation of success, Alvernia is poised as a leader in nursing education and all programming continues to center on the University’s mission, guided by Franciscan values.


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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Graduates from our BSN program are eligible to apply for RN licensure and have enjoyed five years of above 90% first-time NCLEX pass rates.
Our RN to BSN Completion Program is designed for registered nurses and caters to graduates of diploma or associate degree nursing programs.
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Master of Science in Nursing
Alvernia’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides a graduate degree in nursing that prepares professional nurses for advanced roles in educational, administrative or primary health care positions.