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.
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 a specialty area of your choice as you actively engage as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.
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.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education