Program of Study

Two flexible ways to meet your needs!

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing Offers Two Full-Time RN Diploma Options.

The Day Option and The Evening/Weekend Option

Program length:

2 years, full-time

Academic year:

Late August – June

Academic terms:

3 per academic year

Intermediate year Day option terms 1 and 2 are 10 weeks long, term 3** is 12 weeks long

Senior year Day option terms 1 and 2 are 10 weeks long, term 3** is 13 weeks long

Class hours and days:

Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 2:06PM

Clinical hours and days:

Select days every week dependent on course, 7AM – 4PM*

* Students may be asked to attend clinical during evening hours with advanced notice.

**The clinical immersion and clinical capstone may require evening and weekend hours. Advance notice will be given.

Program length:

2 years, full-time

Academic year:

Evening/Weekend: Early September – late August

Academic terms:

3 per academic year

Intermediate year Evening/Weekend option terms 1 and 2 are 15 weeks long, term 3** is 17 weeks long

Senior year Evening/Weekend option terms 1 and 2 are 15 weeks long, term 3** is 18 weeks long

Class hours and days:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5PM – 10PM (approximately)

Clinical hours and days:

2 – 3 scheduled weekends per month, both Saturday and Sunday 7AM – 4:30PM*

* Students may be asked to attend clinical during weekday and or evening hours with advanced notice.

**The clinical immersion and clinical capstone may require daytime hours. Advance notice will be given.

Program of Study

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing offers a strong clinically based course of study in preparation for an exciting career as a professional nurse. The program is planned over at least three academic years. After at least one year of college, of the student’s choice, there are two years of nursing education, preparing the graduate for a rewarding career as a nurse in today’s challenging healthcare system.

Nursing courses are presented at the Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing by Master’s prepared nursing faculty with expertise in various areas of clinical practice. These current practitioners guide and direct students toward a high level of professional competence.

Curriculum Plan

Course Descriptions

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing uses various clinical facilities to provide students with diverse experiences in clinical practice. Abington Hospital Jefferson Health™ offers experiences in medical-surgical, operating room, obstetrical and critical care nursing. Clinical experiences at affiliating agencies provide additional experiences in specialized nursing practice, including psychiatric, pediatric, community and oncology nursing.

Prerequisite college courses may be completed on a part time basis and are transferred from an accredited college. Please note that often an accredited college will have prerequisite courses prior to registering for some of the DSON prerequisites. The applicant is responsible to complete all necessary courses. Click here to download the college course reference sheet.

The Dixon School of Nursing will continue to work with Penn State University, Abington campus, to provide enrolled students with a seamless and accelerated transition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Students who complete the nursing program at the Dixon School of Nursing will receive an official transcript from Penn State University, Abington campus showing completion of five courses that can be applied towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. These five courses are incorporated into the curriculum at the Dixon School of Nursing, and are in addition to the portfolio credits that students receive from Penn State Abington for completing the nursing prerequisite courses at an accredited College/University and the RN program at the Dixon School of Nursing. Click here for more information.

The School reserves the right to change its curriculum, educational policies, and expenses at any time. Reasonable notice will be given. These changes will be communicated verbally and in writing.