Alvernia University (AU) | 93% NCLEX Pass Rates

Alvernia University is a caring and inclusive learning community guided by Franciscan faith and values and by St. Bonaventure's concept, “knowledge joined with love.” Since 1973, Alvernia is well known for its quality nursing programs.


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  • 93%
    NCLEX Pass Rates
  • On Campus
    Online
  • Private
    Non-Profit
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, Other
  • Location Reading, PA
  • Telephone 1-610-796-8217
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"Why should I choose the BSN program at Alvernia University?"

You will learn from faculty who are experts in their specialty areas.  Not all-inclusive, many faculty members are nurses who are experts in the fields of maternal-child health, medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing, critical care nursing, emergency/trauma nursing, and/or neonatal nursing.  At Alvernia, the instructor is an expert in the clinical setting in which they teach.

You will practice skills with state-of-the-art equipment in our nursing skills laboratory.  The skills lab at Alvernia gives the student cutting edge, innovative opportunities.

We have a flexible scheduling of skills practice with supportive and knowledgeable lab staff.  You are never alone as a student.  Faculty members are available to help you fully understand the subject matter.

You will develop nursing expertise in a variety of diverse clinical practice settings.  When you graduate, you will feel confident as you provide care for your patients.

Find out how to participate in campus and community service programs and service-learning courses.  Nursing is not only in the hospital. At Alvernia, you can go into the community and learn as well.

Join and participate in the Student Nurses Association.  Becoming involved at the school level can help you feel more confident as you interact with other nursing students.

Learn about political activism and patient advocacy in nursing.  You are the advocate for your patient.  At Alvernia, we will give you the confidence to be able to be that advocate.

You will enjoy small clinical and lab sections.

Alvernia has friendly and accessible faculty and staff members.

Nursing Programs Available at Alvernia University

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  2. Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN Completion
  3. Online RN to BSN Program
  4. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  5. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing

This program gives the student an opportunity to become a nurse at the baccalaureate level.  After passing the NCLEX licensure exam, the graduate nurse will then be able to apply for RN licensure in their individual state. This program gives students the opportunity to learn in an environment in which the faculty care about the student and enable them to grow through the development of knowledge, professionalism, collaboration, and moral integrity.

RN to BSN Completion Program

"I have already graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and am licensed as an RN.  My friend has a Diploma in Nursing.  He, too, has an RN license.  What is available for us?"

You are ready to move on up to a BSN to become more marketable when looking for your next career opportunity.  We offer classes in a semester format over 8 weeks, throughout the year, with one day per week dedicated to classwork. We offer classes at our Main Campus (Reading) and our Philadelphia and Pottsville Centers.

Online RN to BSN Completion

The program is comparable to the RN to BSN Completion program, but RNs are able to take everything online. This option is for those who are self-motivated and can complete their work without being in the classroom.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

There is a growing need for advanced educated nurses. At Alvernia University the Master's degree in nursing graduate program is designed for professional nurses who seek a career in nursing education. There are two tracks from which to choose:

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership and Health Care Administration

If you have the heart of a teacher, the Nurse education track will be right for you. Students learn about instructing pre-licensure nursing students in classroom and clinical settings, teaching experienced RNs new skills in staff development positions, or planning totally new distance education offerings.

The Nurse Leadership track is for those who want to become quality nurse leaders in local, regional or national healthcare settings.

Completion Time

Courses run over three semesters across the calendar year.  This helps keep the student on a steady pace. Each course combines a hybrid of web-based and live classroom work to meet our students’ needs.

Certification in Nurse Leadership

Four courses (12 credits) are offered to BSN prepared nurses to fulfill various leadership and management roles in the healthcare setting.  After completion, the student is awarded the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

If you have a desire to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, our course at Alvernia can fulfill that desire.  Alvernia prepares their DNP students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Analyze and improve clinical environments, healthcare organizations and systems
  • Translate evidence gained through nursing research to support improved practice
  • Interpret clinical data to measure outcomes of specific patient groups, populations, and communities

"I am really looking for a DNP program with a lot of flexibility because I have to keep working.  Will this program allow that?"

It is expected that nurses are working while obtaining their DNP.  This is a one of a kind program at Alvernia University offering evening courses in a distance-friendly online blended format.  Additional on-campus intensive course offerings (weekend residency) are offered for several doctoral level courses. 

Students will gain clinical experience and develop critical thinking skills by working with Nurse Practitioner (NP) preceptors in the Reading, Lancaster, and Berks County region.

Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Tracks

There are two tracks available for those who want to become Nurse Practitioners (NP).  The student must also complete clinical leadership-related courses:

  1. Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP)
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Clinical Leadership Program

This online program is for master’s-prepared and licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who are seeking a practice doctorate to advance their careers to the highest level in nursing.

This program includes 35 credits of coursework and a minimum of 375 practicum hours while in the program to achieve a total of 1,000 practicum hours required by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Small Class Size
At Alvernia, there is an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes.

NCLEX Pass Rate

The BSN NCLEX pass rate for 2016 was an impressive 93.48%.

CCNE Accreditation

The BSN program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

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  1. Anonymous
    Oct 24, 2:27 pm by
    Overall: 1.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 2 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    The nursing program at Alvernia is a complete joke. The curriculum is challenging, as is any nursing program, however the professors repeatedly bombard you with busy work and assignments that are sometimes not even graded. Most of the professors do not teach the material at all in class, so going to lecture is really only beneficial to get participation points. I've paid 30,000 dollars a year to teach myself everything I know. The faculty are condescending, rude, and arrogant. You could be the best student in the class and they will call you into their office for yawning in class and being unprofessional. Every semester I remembering thinking, it could not get worse and yet it always does. If I wasn't so close to graduating I would have dropped out by now. Think long and hard before enrolling in this program, and then choose a better school.

    About The Staff

    The faculty are the worst staff I have ever encountered. They are rude and arrogant. When you ask questions in class, they will laugh at you and make you feel stupid. There are professors that will not explain a single project to you and then make you feel like an idiot when you did not complete it to their standards. Professors have told us that the staff talks about the students in meetings and refer to classes as "the stupid class." There are 1-2 professors that are actually helpful and want to see you succeed as a student, the rest want to collect a pay check until they retire, and demean their students.

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