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Seton Hill University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Approved by Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Seton Hill University President Mary C. Finger, Ed.D. has announced that the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing has approved the university’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree starting in the Fall of 2019. The program will be offered through The Daniel J. Wukich School of Nursing at Seton Hill. 

“We are pleased the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing has approved Seton Hill’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, which will serve to strengthen the university’s already robust offerings in the natural and health sciences,” said Seton Hill President Mary C. Finger, Ed.D.  “The BSN Program joins with Seton Hill’s programs in Physician Assistant, Health Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Exercise Science, and Orthodontics as well as our partnerships with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Salus University to provide our students with multiple pathways to careers in health care.”

Seton Hill’s BSN will help prepare students to meet regional workforce needs and provide healthcare to patients in rural, underserved areas. With more than 500,000 experienced nurses expected to retire by 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need to prepare more than one million nurses in order to avoid a nursing shortage. 

“Seton Hill University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program offers students both the scientific and professional education they will need to succeed in the nursing profession and provides them with the liberal arts background that will allow them to effectively communicate with patients, collaborate with fellow healthcare professionals, and ultimately become leaders within healthcare organizations,” said Seton Hill Provost Susan Yochum, SC, Ph.D. 

The Wukich School of Nursing will be directed by Diane Kondas, who has more than 17 years experience in nurse education and has worked in clinical settings for more than 26 years. Students in Seton Hill’s BSN program will have access to top-notch academic, clinical and research facilities and resources at the JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center and will be able to pursue minors in areas such as Medical Spanish or an MBA in Healthcare Administration that can help them as they pursue their career goals.

Diane Kondas, Director of the Wukich School of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing, said, “I am thrilled to be a part of the launch of the Bachelor of Science Degree Program at Seton Hill. The university’s mission of educating students to think and act critically, creatively and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world is a perfect fit for nursing, as it speaks to what nurses do every day as we care for others.”

The Daniel J. Wukich School of Nursing was created through a leadership gift by Seton Hill University Trustee Daniel J. Wukich, founder, owner, president and CEO of Quest Healthcare Development, Inc. 

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