Nursing at Messiah College
Our CCNE- accredited Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree program, designed to meet the rapidly changing healthcare environment, prepares you to become a successful registered nurse (RN). The BSN program helps you develop a broad base of scientific knowledge, excellent communication skills, critical thinking and value-based decision-making capabilities.
Preparation for a successful RN career
As a graduate of Messiah College’s demanding, yet highly rewarding nursing degree program, you’ll meet the requirements and gain the credentials to become an RN. You’ll also be fully prepared to enter the largest healthcare profession in the United States—one that is projected to continue to grow well into the next several decades.
Nursing major distinctives
Nursing degree program distinctives:
- Practice life-like clinical simulations with medium and high-fidelity human simulators in state-of-the-art labs.
- Integrate liberal arts and sciences with stimulating nursing courses and apply what you learned in simulation labs and clinical settings.
- Pursue a career as a registered nurse in acute care or community settings or become a missionary taking your knowledge and skills abroad to those most in need.
- Go on for your advanced degree to become a nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, administrator or researcher.
- Join Nurses’ Christian Fellowship, a professional organization and a ministry for nurses and nursing students that provides encouragement and support for students desiring to minister through nursing and healthcare.
- Participate in evidence-based research projects in collaboration with regional clinical institutions, and present your findings at a regional nursing research conference.
- Choose a community health experience to obtain certification as Intimate Partner Violence counselors.
- Participate in community-based disaster drills.
- Join the Student Nurses Association that addresses current professional interests.
- Earn a spot among the nation’s brightest nursing students in the Lambda Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the international nursing honor society.
Career options for nursing majors
As a graduate of the nursing program, students are equipped to secure jobs as registered nurses in a variety of clinical settings including:
- Acute care: medical/surgical, emergency room, intensive care, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health and more
- Community health: hospice, school nursing, wellness centers, health clinics
- Long-term care: skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation
For more information on career planning for the nursing program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Experiential learning opportunities for nursing majors
- Hershey Medical Center
- Holy Spirit Hospital
- Pinnacle Health
- Wellspan Health
- Public and private hospitals and community health organizations in Thailand
- Macha Hospital in Zambia, Africa
Integrative classroom learning
We emphasize the Christian aspects of commitment, compassion and patient care across the BSN degree curriculum, along with rigorous liberal arts and science courses. Throughout the nursing program you will get life-like practice, too. We have state-of-the art clinical simulation labs, including one advanced simulation laboratory, a maternal-child simulation lab, a psychiatric-mental health laboratory equipped with state-of-the art high and medium fidelity human simulators and audio-visual equipment; and a physical assessment laboratory.
While working toward your BSN you’ll get to participate in community-based disaster drills, and many students also complete research projects in collaboration with regional clinical institutions.
Outside the classroom you get to apply what you’ve learned in some of Pennsylvania’s most outstanding clinical settings, such as general and specialty hospitals (including three magnet hospitals); skilled nursing facilities for long-term care; schools; churches; free clinics; nurse-managed health centers; and many more. You’ll be well prepared to pass your licensure exam the first time and to find an exciting job in nursing.