Delaware offers substantial on-campus programs for prospective nursing students. One such program includes the nursing programs at Wesley College in Dover. This college offers both BSN and MSN courses. The latter programs is designed for the Registered Nurse whose basic credential is a hospital school diploma or a college associate degree in nursing. Other programs include the nursing programs at Delaware State University in Dover and those offered through the University of Delaware in Newark. The latter institutions provides coursework that can lead to a BSN, or students can delve deeper into psychiatric or pediatric care and more up to a post-master’s certificate.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $77,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. The opportunities for employment in Delaware are somewhat limited, but only because Delaware doesn’t contain the acreage of some larger states. This state makes up for the number of facilities through quality in institutions such as Bayhealth Medical Center, a system with three locations in Dover, Milford and Middletown. Christiana Care Health System is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most respected and experienced health care teams, and they offer higher-than average wages along with generous benefits. These two facilities are among Delaware’s largest employers. Other facilities statewide include the Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (along with its medical and regional office center) and the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.