The undergraduate nursing program at York College of Pennsylvania has a solid reputation for quality. Full-time faculty teach in the classroom, and more than 90% of the full-time faculty are prepared with a terminal degree (PhD, DEd, DNP). This nursing school in PA is housed within a private college, yet cost is closer to the price of a public university. With a student to faculty ratio of 36:1 and clinical ration of 8:1, students receive one-on-one attention. Faculty are available and know our students. We do not have teaching assistants. Other advantages to attending a nursing school in PA like York College include the following:
Students are admitted to the Nursing major as freshmen. The Nursing program at York College features a strong hands-on component. Students have five semesters of clinical. The clinical experiences gradually increase in time from a half day per week to two full days per week.
Choice of Two Tracks
Students may complete the BS in nursing degree in eight semester with an average of 16 credits per semester (Track 1) or nine semesters with an average of 14 credits per semester (Track 2). Track 1 students have 3 semesters for general education courses, while Track 2 students cover the same courses in four semesters. Track 1 students begin their clinical experience in spring of the sophomore year and graduate in May. Track 2 students begin their clinical experience in fall of the junior year and graduate in December. Students in both tracks take the same courses from the same faculty and have the same amount of clinical time.
The majority of clinical experiences will be at magnet hospitals. These hospital are recognized by the American Nurse's Credentialing Center. In magnet hospitals, nurses participate in decision-making about patient care, deliver excellent patient outcomes, have high levels of job satisfaction and low turnover rates, and enjoy open communications with other members of the health care team. Students at York College have opportunities for clinical experience at York Hospital, Pinnacle Health, Holy Spirit Hospital, and Hershey Medical Center, all of which are magnet designated facilities.
During the final semester in NUR450, Nursing Practicum, students work with a nurse mentor in an area of their choice. Student nurses work the nurse mentor's shift and gradually take over care of the patients. By the end of this rotation, students report feeling like a "real nurse"!
Clinical experience in our community health nursing will occur in the York College Nurse Managed Centers. We are proud to offer this service learning experience. Students will work with economically disadvantaged and medically under-served York City residents. This is a unique opportunity for a cross-cultural experience right here in York.
Simulation does not replace clinical experience in our curriculum – nothing beats the real thing! We offer simulation in addition to clinical experience to help our students practice “thinking on their feet.”
During nursing research class, our students collaborate with nurses working in a local hospital. The nurses identify significant questions from clinical practice. Our students review evidence related to those questions and meet with the real nurses several times during the semester to explore what is “best practice.” Research done by our students has resulted in changes in hospital policy.
In the final semester, you will learn to identify and treat common cardiac rhythm problems. Most nursing schools in PA do not include this in their medical surgical nursing curriculum. We hear from our graduates that they benefit from this knowledge especially if their first position is in a critical care or specialized unit.
Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania SNAP offers you the opportunity to practice leadership, project management and teamwork skills. The group is entirely student-run and meets once or twice a month. The activity might be an educational speaker, a tour, a blood pressure screening, a pizza party or a community service event. The nursing students you'll meet are a great source of advice and friendship!
During the summer between junior and senior year, nursing students can participate in an externship program and “earn while they learn.” To help with the transition from classroom to career, nurse externs work as patient care technicians in a hospital setting under the guidance of a nurse preceptor. They experience clinical practice in a variety of units and attend educational programs such as nursing grand rounds. Two hospitals in York provide this program. Ask the hospitals in your area if they offer this valuable experience.