DeSales University

Center Valley, PA 18034

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 LocaleRural: Fringe
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 85
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Nursing Administration Master's degree 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 17
Nursing Science Master's degree 0
Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's degree 2
Critical Care Nursing Master's degree 2
Nursing Education Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 0
Critical Care Nursing Post-master's certificate 2
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 6

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from DeSales University

Moravian College
6.27 miles away
Cedar Crest College
8.17 miles away
Gwynedd Mercy University
24.75 miles away
Alvernia University
33.52 miles away
Eastern University
33.68 miles away
Villanova University
34.61 miles away
La Salle University
36.58 miles away
Immaculata University
36.81 miles away
Rider University
37.75 miles away
Saint Joseph's University
38.37 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading480 to 590
SAT: Math460 to 590
SAT: Writing450 to 580
ACT Composite22 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$19,054
30k to 48k$19,938
48k to 75k$23,168
75k to 110k$25,970
Over 110k$28,148
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,400.00 $1,400.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $815.00 $815.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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