Careers & Opportunities
The Nursing Department has more than 100 clinical contracts and 15 affiliate agreements with regional hospitals. The department has also partnered with multiple community organizations and nonprofits, including:
- Open Airways in the Schools,
- Public Health Management Corporation,
- RADICAL (Real Actions Directed To Improve Children's Lifestyle),
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Lead and Healthy Homes, and
- Temple Health Connection.
In addition to the Nursing Resource Center, students may complete fieldwork at Temple Health Connection, a wellness center managed by nurses in the Department of Nursing. Temple Health Connection provides services to North Philadelphia residents of all ages, offers internships for students in other health professions and partners with the Public Health Management Corp. Learn more about our community outreach efforts.
Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates are eligible to apply to the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as registered nurses. They are also prepared to function as generalists in professional nursing practice. Graduates of the BSN program are employed in a variety of diverse settings, including hospitals, outpatient settings affiliated with hospitals and outpatient primary care clinics.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024—much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increasing demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and a heightened emphasis on preventive care.
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $68,450 in May 2016; the lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $47,120, and the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $102,990.
Qualified nurses are always in demand. Visit the Career Center to be sure the practical experience you gain while completing your degree is front and center in your résumé.