West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA 19383

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA) is a public institution in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It is also part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, along with nine other campuses. WCUPA is also the largest of the 14 universities that belong to the system. The university was established in 1871 as the West Chester Normal School. It initially offered a four-year program to educate teachers and added a liberal arts program a couple of years after its founding. It now offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the nursing programs. 

Four CCNE-accredited nursing programs are offered through the WCUPA Department of Nursing, including three BSN programs. Students can enroll in traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, or RN to BSN programs. The university also offers an MSN program. The accelerated program is designed to be completed in 18 months, while the traditional BSN program is a standard four-year program. Both programs include clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities, such as retirement centers, day care centers, community health clinics, and nursing homes. The nursing program has a low student to faculty ratio, with eight students per instructor in clinical settings. Students also receive training at a high-tech learning laboratory located on campus. 


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. MSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 127
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Delaware Skills Center
14.31 miles away
Delcastle Technical High School
15.46 miles away
Delaware Institute of Health Sciences
16.06 miles away
Center for Arts & Technology - West Grove Campus
18.14 miles away
Leads School of Technology
18.31 miles away
Lincoln University
20.19 miles away
University of Delaware
20.41 miles away
New Courtland Education Center
22.75 miles away
Temple University
23.2 miles away
Rutgers University-Camden
24.84 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1946 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading480 to 570
SAT: Math490 to 580
SAT: Writing470 to 570
ACT Composite21 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$15,438
30k to 48k$16,616
48k to 75k$20,434
75k to 110k$23,842
Over 110k$24,576
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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
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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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

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