Established in 1964, DeSales University is a private institution in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. It was founded as a college offering a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree. Over the years, the number of programs has expanded. The college received university status in 2000 and now offers a variety of programs through traditional, online, and hybrid learning. The campus is spread across 400 acres in the Lehigh Valley. DeSales University also operates two satellite campuses in nearby Lansdale and Bethlehem. The same year that the university achieved university status, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture was established on the campus. This building is a center for research and development and houses a state-of-the-art simulations lab.
DeSales University offers undergraduate and graduate-level nursing programs. These options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. The university also offers MSN, RN to MSN, and DNP graduate degree programs. These options are all accredited by the CCNE. The accelerated BSN program is designed to be completed in just 15 months. Students enrolled in either the traditional BSN or accelerated BSN complete their clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities. Students also have the chance to intern at nearby clinics and hospitals. After completing one of the BSN programs, students have a 98.7% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students3,315|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||12|
Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
07/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program|
10/01/1989 - 06/30/2016
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
12/01/1978 - 06/30/2016
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1010 to 1230|
|ACT||22 to 27|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$1,440/credit|
|In State Students||$1,440/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,440/credit|
|In District Students||$840/credit|
|In State Students||$840/credit|
|Out of State Students||$840/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of DeSales University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||9%||$1,500|
|State Grant & Scholarships||25%||$3,562|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||100%||$18,853|
|Federal Student Loans||70%||$5,505|
$27,977Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$21,815|
|$30,001 to $48,000$23,714|
|$48,001 to $75,000$25,690|
|$75,001 to $110,000$28,589|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.