Program Facts

  • GU Nursing Facts

    • Gannon’s nursing program is a community-based curriculum, providing students opportunities to offer holistic nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities or populations.
    • Hands-on experience in the role of the professional nurse begins at the sophomore level. A total of 980 hours of hands-on experience are gained in the program. Students benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio in the clinical setting with faculty specialized in the area they teach.
    • Students and faculty in the Villa Maria School of Nursing are involved in more than 3,000 service-learning hours per year.
    • Licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) pass rates have averaged 93 percent over the last 4 years.
    • Gannon also offers an online RN to BSN completion option, an RN to MSN option, and a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree with concentrations in family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist and nursing administration. A post-bachelor’s (BSN) certificate in school nursing is available online.
    • Graduates of Gannon’s nursing program enjoy nearly perfect placement rates within months of graduation.

    Major Facts

    • The employment opportunities for registered nurses (RNs) are excellent, as a continued shortage of RNs is projected through 2025.
    • The average starting salary for a registered nurse in the United States is $55,400 and the mid-career salary for a registered nurse is $71,700. Professionals with an advanced degree earn approximately 44 percent more than those with a baccalaureate.

    About the Program

    • Clinical experiences are an integral part of the nursing curriculum. The Villa Maria School of Nursing has affiliation agreements with more than 40 health care agencies in northwestern Pennsylvania.
    • All Gannon nursing students have the opportunity to participate in the national fraternity for professional nurses, Alpha Tau Delta, which has a chapter at Gannon University.
    • Students may be eligible for induction to The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. The Eta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is located at Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing.
    • All Gannon nursing students participate in health promotion, risk reduction and health maintenance activities at the Nursing Center, which is located in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments. The Nursing Center is supported by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Gannon University.
    • Nursing students wishing to pursue a career in Army nursing may participate in Gannon’s ROTC through the Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) program.