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Nursing Associate Degree

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences started as a nursing school more than 100 years ago. Today, our RN associate degree builds upon this legacy with the experiential learning that’s been deemed among the nation’s best in class.

About

Go hands-on from day one. Experience real-life medical scenarios in the region’s most advanced simulation lab. You’ll even get to hone your skills at our clinical affiliate, LG Health/Penn Medicine.

Our nursing associate degree program has four options, or tracks:

2+2 track
If you’re passionate about nursing and driven to succeed, you’ll love our 2+2 Nursing (ASN+BSN). It gives entry-level students an expedited way to start their careers in a fast-paced, fast-growing job market. The 2+2 combines our two-year ASN with an RN to BSN with no breaks in between degrees.

Two-year track
Students meet during the week for classes and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences are held on days and evenings, Monday through Friday. Prior to these experiences, students must complete specific assignments. This might include a visit to the hospital or other site.

Three-year evening/weekend track
Courses occur over three years. Students meet one or two evenings per week and complete the clinical requirements Saturday and Sunday, every other weekend during daytime or evening hours. Students must complete preparation for their clinical experience on Friday afternoon or evening. This frequently includes a visit to LG Health/Penn Medicine.

LPN advanced placement track
Licensed practical nurses have the opportunity for advanced placement. Students accepted into the program must complete the LPN Assessment Module. Successful completion exempts students from NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 111 and NUR 112.

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Accreditation

Our nursing associate degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. See more accreditation information.

Will I be successful?

GRADUATION YEAR*150 % GRADUATION RATE**EMPLOYED %***PASSED CERTIFICATION %
2015-1675.85%94.20%87.00%
2014-1580.10%88.50%84.00%
2013-1480.79%81.50%78.60%
*150% or 3 year graduation rate for fall starts.
**Employment rate from Graduate Survey and personal communication with graduates. This data is self-reported from the respondents.
***NCLEX pass rate for first time test takers from October to September  

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Requirements

Applicants for any ASN program must meet general admission requirements.

Curriculum

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: Two-Year Track

Year 1, Semester 1
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
NUR 101Foundations of Nursing Practice5
NUR 111Foundations of Nursing Practice: Clinical Laboratory2
Total Credits17
Year 1, Semester 2
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
NUR 102Families Within the Community7
NUR 112Families Within the Community: Clinical Laboratory3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total Combined Credits34
Year 2, Semester 1
BIO 185Microbiology3
BIO 250Nutrition for Life3
NUR 201Acute and Chronic Health Problems7
NUR 211Acute and Chronic Health Problems: Clinical Laboratory4
Total Credits17
Year 2, Semester 2
NUR 202Crisis and Complex Health Problems7
NUR 212Crisis and Complex Health Problems: Clinical Laboratory5
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Combined Credits67

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: Three-Year Track

Year 1, Prerequisites
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Total credits8
Year 1, Semester 1 (Fall)
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
NUR 101Foundations of Nursing Practice5
NUR 111Foundations of Nursing Practice: Clinical Laboratory2
Total credits for fall semester13
Year 1, Semester 2 (Spring)
NUR 102Families Within the Community7
NUR 112Families Within the Community: Clinical Laboratory3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total credits for spring semester13
Total Combined Credits34
Year 2, Semester 1 (Fall)
BIO 185Microbiology3
NUR 203Acute and Chronic Health Problems Part 14
NUR 213Acute and Chronic Health Problems Part 1: Clinical Laboratory2
Total credits for fall semester9
Year 2, Semester 2 (Spring)
NUR 204Acute and Chronic Health Problems Part 23
NUR 214Acute and Chronic Health Problems Part 2: Clinical Laboratory2
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences 1
Total credits for spring semester6
Total Combined Credits49
Year 3, Semester 1 (Fall)
BIO 250Nutrition for Life3
NUR 205Crisis and Complex Health Problems Part 14
NUR 215Crisis and Complex Health Problems Part 1: Clinical Laboratory2
Total credits for fall semester9
Year 3, Semester 2 (Spring)
NUR 206Crisis and Complex Health Problems Part 23
NUR 216Crisis and Complex Health Problems Part 2: Clinical Laboratory3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total credits for spring semester9
Total Combined Credits67

*indicates course includes clinical experiences