Why choose our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?

    We are the only college in the region that offers a 3-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. We provide a comprehensive general education core curriculum that provides a well-rounded foundation to support your nursing education. Through the use of a concept-based educational approach, you will learn the art and science of nursing, and become an active learner who engages in both classroom and clinical learning activities.
    Clinical experiences begin during your first semester. As you grow academically and professionally, you will have opportunities to practice simple to complex nursing skills in a state of the art simulation and skills laboratories. Additionally, you will practice your newly acquired knowledge and skills at the premier health care network for the region, Lancaster General Health, as well as a variety of specialized clinical agencies. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to take the national nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) and be prepared to gain employment in the current health care system where there is a growing demand for bachelor’s prepared nurses.

    What will I learn?

    You will learn foundational knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as well as a broad array of nursing and interprofessional health care concepts and theory. Eight different clinical nursing courses provide hands-on opportunities for application of knowledge and skills required of the professional nurse. Students grow academically and professionally as they participate in the care of patients across the life span in multiple clinical settings including medical surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics, critical care, mental health, community sites and more. Exposure to this variety of clinical experiences and opportunities enhance your higher level critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary for the competent clinical judgment required of nurses practicing in the dynamic and complex health care system of the 21st century. You will complete a 30-hour service learning project where you combine theory and practice as you serve an “at-risk” population. A summer internship between your second and third year allows you to immerse yourself in clinical experiences as you actively engage as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.


    What is the job outlook?  

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,207,400 job openings are expected by 2020.  For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, visit the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.

    What are the admission requirements?



    • Graduated from an approved secondary school, met the requirements for the GED or received a diploma from an accredited home school association.
    • High school level courses must include a minimum of 16 units with 4 units of English, 3 units of Social Studies, 3 units of Mathematics (2 of which are Algebra) and 2 units of science with a related laboratory or equivalent (1 must be biology and 1 chemistry), and 2 units of a foreign language. Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill the high school requirements.
    • Satisfactory achievement on the SAT or the ACT. If more than two (2) years have elapsed since either graduation or earning a GED, prospective students will be required to demonstrate academic success in a college level math or science course with a lab.
    • Preferred applicants will have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.4/4.0 or greater in secondary education; SAT combined reading and math score of 1100 or better; and/or a composite ACT score of 22 or greater.
    • Additional factors considered in the competitive admission process include class rank, personal interview, extracurricular activities, community service and health care related service.
    • Transcripts of students who have earned post-secondary credits will be reviewed to determine which course(s) may be transferred into PA College to meet the requirements of the program.

    Sample Curriculum     Credits  

    • Year 1

      •  Semester 1 (Fall)    
      •  BIO 175 Human Anatomy & Physiology I     4
      •  ENG 100 English Composition   3
      •  MAT 160 College Algebra   3
      •  CHE 100 General Chemistry   3
      •  NUR 151 Professional Nursing Student Experience   1
      •  NUR 155 Foundations of Client Care I *   1
      •  NUR 160 History & Theory of Nursing Practice   3
      •  Total credits for fall semester   18
    •  Semester 2 (Spring)  
      •  BIO 176 Human Anatomy & Physiology II    4
      •  PSY 100 General Psychology (Five weeks)      3
      •  SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology   3
      •  ENG 202 Advanced Communication   3
      •  NUR 320 Health Assessment *   3
      •  NUR 175 Foundations of Client Care II *   2
      •  Total credits for spring semester   18
    •  Semester 3 (Summer)  
      •  NUR 255 Foundations of Client  Care III*    3
      •  One Humanities Elective   3
      •  Total credits for summer semester   6

    • Year 2

      •  Semester 4 (Fall)    
      •  BIO 185 Microbiology   3
      •  NUR 310 Human Diversity and Health Care 3
      •  IPC 302 Introduction to Capstone   1
      •  NUR 275 Health & Illness I *    5
      •  PHI 330 Ethical Issues in Health Care    3
      •  NUR 260 Pharmacology   3
      •  Total credits for fall semester   18
    •  Semester 5 (Spring)  
      •  BIO 376 Pathophysiology   3
      •  NUR 295 Health & Illness II *   6
      •  MATH 260 Statistics   3
      •  BIO 250 Nutrition for Life   3
      •  NUR 322 Teaching and Learning for the Nursing Professional   3
      •  Total credits for spring semester   18
    •  Semester 6 (Summer)  
      •  NUR 349 Nursing Internship *   3
      •  IPC or NUR 300/400 Level Elective   3
      •  Total credits for summer semester   6

    • Year 3

      •  Semester 7 (Fall)    
      •  NUR 355 Health & Illness III    *   6
      •  IPC 401 Research in Health Care   3
      •  NUR 410 Issues and Trends in Nursing   3
      •  ECO 150 Survey of Economics   3
      •  IPC 330 Health Informatics & Technology    3
      •  Total credits for fall semester   18
    •  Semester 8 (Spring)  
      •  NUR 405 Health & Illness IV*   6
      •  NUR 420 Nursing Leadership & Management   3
      •  ECO 310 American Health Care System   3
      •  NUR 430 Nursing in a Global Society   3
      •  IPC 450 Capstone*   3
      •  Total credits for spring semester   18
    •  Total credits = 120    
    •  Total clinical hours (nursing and IPC) = 840    
    *indicates course includes clinical experiences    


    What are the physical requirements?

    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.



    What is the cost of the program?

    Click here for current tuition rates.


    Program Accreditation

    CCNE logo The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education