Nursing Career

A Career in Nursing

Phung Pham“My education and clinical experience at St. Luke’s School of Nursing provides me with everything I need to meet the challenge, make a difference and impact patients’ lives every day.” – Phung Pham

Nursing is an excellent career choice and one of the most rewarding professions you can enter. It offers challenges and security, financial rewards and personal fulfillment. It demands creativity and structure, human concern and leadership skills. As a nurse, you will assume the increasing responsibilities of providing direct patient care, and you will be constantly challenged by sophisticated procedures and technology.

Through the program offered by St. Luke’s School of Nursing, you will be well prepared to begin your nursing career. Experienced faculty will help you apply classroom theory to patient care. Through clinical practice and a challenging academic curriculum, you will build confidence in your professional abilities, and you will learn to make critical judgments with assured professionalism.

The St. Luke’s School of Nursing curriculum extends over a period of 20 months and is divided into 15-week semesters (starting May 2016).

Students receive theoretical instruction and clinical experiences in six areas: maternity, care of the child, gerontology, psychiatric and medical/surgical nursing.

Students are introduced to the concepts of wellness, the hospitalized patient and basic nursing skills. Early in the first semester, the student is introduced to patient care in the hospital setting. Basic nursing skills and nursing theory are correlated to learning experiences in the clinical laboratory setting. The amount of clinical practice increases with the advanced nursing courses.

St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus is the primary site for clinical experience. Students receive 900 hours of clinical training. Additional experience is provided at other local acute care, chronic care and community agencies. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical settings. Some clinical experiences and/or classes are held in the evening.

Required college courses in physical, biological and social sciences are prerequisites to the nursing program.