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Moravian University announces partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network

The agreement provides a direct pathway for St. Luke’s School of Nursing students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing

BETHLEHEM, PA, July 26, 2021: Today, Moravian University announced a partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN). This partnership calls for the development of a special RN to BSN program pathway that allows prospective students to complete one application for both the St. Luke's School of Nursing and the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing and Public Health, promoting a seamless progression to the Moravian Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. 

“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with St. Luke’s and we’re excited about the possibilities this partnership will bring for their nursing students,” commented Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian University.  “We know that creating these connections between programs can only strengthen both schools of nursing, and in turn help the communities they serve. I think we’re just getting started.”

St. Luke’s School of Nursing was founded in 1884 and is the nation’s oldest, continuously operating school of nursing program. The diploma program length is approximately 20 months and once graduates complete licensure requirements they are registered nurses or RNs.  The partnership with Moravian will allow St. Luke’s School of Nursing students to easily and seamlessly continue their education to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

“We are so appreciative of our friends at Moravian and this partnership that will allow our students to further their education if they choose,” said Lisa Storck, DNP, WHNP, RN, Program Director of St. Luke’s School of Nursing. “St. Luke’s mission is rooted in education – so any way we can support our graduates in continued learning is a win-win-win – for us, for them and for the communities they serve.”

St. Luke’s was recently honored as the #1 Major Teaching Hospital in the Country, by IBM Watson Health. 

In addition to the RN to BSN Pathway, Moravian is a partner with St. Luke’s in providing tuition discounts to St. Luke’s University Health Network employees.  St. Luke’s employees currently have access to tuition discounts on the following programs at Moravian:

  • Nursing Degrees and Certificates (Except Accelerated BSN)
  • Business Degrees and Certificates 
  • Doctor of Athletic Training program

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Media contacts:

Moravian University
Michael Corr
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications 

St. Luke’s University Health Network
Kate Raymond
Director, Marketing & Public Relations 

About Moravian University
Moravian University is the nation's sixth-oldest university, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian University degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.

About St. Luke’s University Health Network
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals sites and 300+ outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue in excess of $2.5 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s established the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state.  Three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s flagship University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health nine times total and seven years in a row, including in 2021 when it was identified as THE #1 TEACHING HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY.  In 2021, IBM Watson Health also named St. Luke’s among the 15 Top Health System nationally.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.