Make the most of your nursing career by earning a degree from the highly respected, fully accredited nursing program at SAGE. In this rigorous and educational hands-on program, you will gain valuable knowledge, insight, and skills from experts with a strong background in both education and the field of nursing.
Degrees & Certificates
Cedar Crest College is well-known for our high-quality nursing education. As a nursing student in our School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE), you have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of valuable programs designed with adult students in mind. We currently offer the following programs:
- ACCREDITED by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
- ABOVE-AVERAGE NCLEX EXAM PASS RATES for graduates of our program.
- CREDENTIALED faculty with nursing experience in a variety of settings and established research programs.
- CLINICAL STUDY at some of the nation’s best hospitals.
- OVER 50 clinical sites are affiliated with Cedar Crest’s nursing program.
- STUDY ABROAD—One-week sessions make this a doable option for the adult student.
- THE NURSING LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER includes three state-of-the-art multimedia labs, highly specialized simulation manikins, a community health lab, and more.
Cedar Crest College has specialized in nursing education for decades, and it shows: On the NCLEX examination, our graduates consistently score above the state and national means, and the program maintains a pass rate well above the state-mandated rate of 80%. Please contact the Nursing Department for the most recent data on NCLEX pass rates. The program is also fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Currently we offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an R.N. to B.S. program. We also offer a school nurse certificate for current RNs and an accredited master’s degree program for nursing students wishing to continue their education after receiving their bachelor’s degree.
As an undergraduate nursing student at Cedar Crest, you will receive a strong nursing education as well as a solid background in the liberal arts. You will graduate from this program prepared to make a difference for your patients, your community, and the world. Employers also tell us that they can see the difference in a Cedar Crest-educated nurse.
What to Look for in a Nursing Program
Now, how do you know which college is right for you? Here are some factors to consider:
Accreditation—Your school should be accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Eduation (CCNE) and approved by the state nursing board.
Cedar Crest College is fully accredited by NLNAC, a member of both NLN and AACN, and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Quality of faculty—Look at the number of full-time (vs part-time) faculty members and how many are doctorate-level. Make sure they represent a full range of nursing specialties including medical-surgical, maternal-newborn, pediatric, geriatric, mental health and community health.
Cedar Crest College has 17 full-time faculty in all nursing specialties plus advanced areas like nursing informatics and nursing administration. All hold a master’s or doctoral degree, and the proportion of doctorates is high.
Pass rate on licensure exams—A high-quality nursing school will prepare you thoroughly for your exam to become licensed as a registered nurse, as evidenced by a high pass rate among its students.
Cedar Crest College graduates consistently score above the State Board of Nursing mandated pass rate on their licensing exams.
Facilities—Nursing study involves hands-on education as well as classroom time, and up-to-date facilities will make a real difference in the quality of your learning. Ask about multimedia labs, simulation centers and a variety of care settings.
Cedar Crest College offers state-of-the-art facilities that are some of the finest in the region.
Location—Make sure your clinical study opportunities include top-quality hospitals and a variety of other settings, both urban and rural.
Cedar Crest College students perform their clinical studies at the region’s top-rated facilities; most just minutes away from campus.
Our Generous Credit-Transfer Policy
You can also speak to your SAGE adviser to learn about earning your general education requirements here at Cedar Crest College.
The Cedar Crest College Advantage
The nursing programs offered by SAGE at Cedar Crest College are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Above-average pass rates for NCLEX exam
On the NCLEX examination, our graduates consistently score above the state and national means, and the program maintains a pass rate well above the state-mandated rate of 80%. Please contact the Nursing Department for the most recent data on NCLEX pass rates.
Strong faculty with real-world experience
Our nursing faculty have published and presented regionally, nationally and internationally. Many of them hold doctoral degrees. They spend many hours outside the classroom advising and assisting their students. Several faculty members have established research programs. Our faculty also participates in study-abroad opportunities with our students.
Full or part-time programs
Besides the traditional full-time program beginning in the fall semester, bachelor’s level nursing students can choose to study part-time year-round with winter or summer entry.
Our Nursing Learning Resource Center is one of the best-equipped in the region, with three state-of-the-art multimedia labs, highly specialized simulation manikins, a community health lab that replicates a home environment and two simulation centers with streaming video.
Premier region for health care
You’ll do your clinical study at some of the nation’s best hospitals. We’re affiliated with more than 50 clinical sites (urban to rural) including home health, hospice, prison, community and school settings.
A variety of opportunities
Research, leadership and community service are an integral part of your nursing education at Cedar Crest. We also offer study abroad in Central America, Ghana and Sweden.
- Three state-of-the-art multimedia labs. In the Health Assessment Lab—a setting similar to a doctor’s office—you’ll learn basic skills such as listening to the heart and lungs and taking blood pressure. In the Center for Maternal/Child Health you’ll learn how to assess and care for infants, toddlers and adolescents. The Center for Adult Health simulates a hospital setting complete with medication and utility room. You can video yourself practicing and mastering more advanced nursing skills.
- Several highly specialized simulation manikins. In each of the multimedia labs, you’ll be able to practice real-life scenarios using sophisticated SimMan equipment of various genders, conditions and ages from infant to adult. One of our manikins can even simulate a pregnant woman giving birth.
- A Community Health Lab set up to replicate a home environment. Here you’ll have the opportunity to simulate a home care visit and experience the unique aspects of community-based and public health nursing practice.
- Two simulation centers with streaming video and separate control room. You’ll work with a realistic and interactive “patient” in the form of a high-fidelity simulator manikin with variable breathing, heartbeat and other signs. As students apply care techniques based on the scenario they’re working with, a faculty member can control the manikin’s reactions in response. This enables students to practice low-frequency, high-risk scenarios without risk to a real patient.
- A computer lab, two student lounges and six flexible classroom and meeting spaces.
Employment opportunities for an RN are many and varied. A bachelor’s degree is preferred, if not required, for most of them, and some require a graduate degree.
Staff nursing— For a hospital, physician office, rehab center, hospice or psychiatric facility. Specialties include medical/surgical, labor and delivery, pediatrics, emergency, operating room and critical care.
Community nursing— For a public health department or agency, hospital outpatient department, home health service, day care center and mental health center.
Long-term care nursing— For a rehab center, nursing home, retirement facility and residential day care.
Government nursing— For the armed services, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service and Peace Corps/VISTA.
Nursing education— For a teaching hospital, wellness center, vocational program, or for a college or university (with an advanced nursing degree).
Nursing research— For a teaching hospital or national organization, or for a college or university (with an advanced degree).
International nursing— For a military base, government agency, private organization, international business, and church-related mission service.
Independent nursing— As a self-employed practitioner with a physician group, HMO, public health agency, and industry.
Rolling admissions and a free online application make it easy.
Attend an Information Session
Program directors and faculty will meet with you to share details about our SAGE programs, admissions process, and flexible options.
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Tuition and Fees
Valuable, competitive, affordable options for adults