DeSales University

Center Valley, PA 18034
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students3,315
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 14 69
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 12
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.2%

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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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1010 to 1230
ACT22 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

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.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,440/credit
In State Students$1,440/credit
Out of State Students$1,440/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$840/credit
In State Students$840/credit
Out of State Students$840/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $64,800 $64,800 $64,800
ADN 70 $100,800 $100,800 $100,800
BSN 125 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
FNP 50 $42,000 $42,000 $42,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 24% $4,619
Other Federal Grant 9% $1,500
State Grant & Scholarships 25% $3,562
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $18,853
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,505
Private Loans 24% $18,181


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$30,662

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

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