Welcome to Lincoln University’s Pre-licensure Nursing Program! Upon completion of all program requirements, students obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN from Lincoln University. Then, eligibility to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) will typically happen anywhere between 30-90 days (respectively) post-graduation after studying for the exam. Thus, students have the best chance of passing the exam the first time. The National Council Licensure Examination has one purpose: To determine if it is safe for new graduates to begin practice as an entry-level nurse.

Our nursing program exemplifies Lincoln University’s long legacy of excellence in education. Hence, your success in the nursing program is important to us. We want you to know the faculty and staff are here to guide and support you since admission is a competitive process. Before submitting your application materials in your sophomore year, students must declare pre-nursing as their major to ensure you are enrolled in the necessary pre-requisite courses. Transfer students are invited to apply to Lincoln University and follow the university process of sending your previous academic transcripts from other colleges and universities. Doing so ensures students obtain credit for courses already taken. Subsequently, you are encouraged to visit the nursing department to complete an “Intent to Major in Nursing” form so our department can assign you a faculty advisor early in your studies at the university.

Last, our nursing students are expected to be future healthcare leaders and should exhibit professionalism, good moral character, and start “thinking like a nurse” from day one. Therefore, students meeting the admission criteria will interview in their sophomore year because students are required to have the wherewithal to become professional nurses.

Likewise, you are entering the nursing profession during a critical point in history, and the standards for nursing care requires nurses to possess poignant critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills. Students are challenged in the classroom, simulation lab, and in the clinical learning environments.

All in all, we know you will enjoy this challenging and rewarding experience. The faculty and staff extend our warmest welcome to you as you begin your professional nursing career.

Very truly yours,

Sharvette Law Philmon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNE

Sharvette Philmon Director and Associate Professor, Department of Nursing sphilmon@lincoln.edu 484-365-7867
  • Ivory V. Nelson Science Center 331
Mrs. Diane Neikam Department Assistant, Nursing Department dneikam@lincoln.edu 484-365-7497
  • Ivory V. Nelson Science Center 323
Mrs. Dana Wallace RN-BSN Coordinator/Advisor, Nursing Department dwallace@lincoln.edu 484-365-7707
  • Ivory V. Nelson Science Center 315

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