Nursing Program

Nursing Associate Degree

Experience learner-centered collaborative education, built on a legacy of preparing Pennsylvania’s nurses.

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences was founded as a nursing school more than 100 years ago. Today, our Associate of Science in Nursing degree builds on that legacy while offering best-in-class associate in nursing classes and hands-on experience for students.

Students are able to hone their clinical nursing skills by pairing rigorous classroom learning with time in the area’s most advanced simulation lab. From the day they’re accepted, our students are guaranteed clinical placements at some of the area’s leading health care organizations.

We offer several paths to earning a nursing degree, for students at every stage of their life.

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Accreditation

The Associate in Science in Nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, located in Lancaster, PA, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. See more accreditation information.

Degree Paths

5-Semester Track

Beginning Fall 2022

If you are passionate about nursing and driven to succeed, begin your career in nursing with an associate nursing degree. Beginning in Fall 2022, this concept-based associate degree gives you flexible options for class and clinical scheduling over 5 semesters and sets you on a course for a rewarding career as a competent and compassionate professional nurse. The newly revised curriculum is presented conceptually and allows students to develop their nursing knowledge, critical thinking skills, and clinical judgment through a combination of classroom and clinical experiences. Whether you are just out of high school, a parent, or working professional seeking a career change, you can begin your studies to become a professional RN without pausing your life.

ASN+BSN

Nursing programs don’t have to put your life on hold. Get a head start on the general education requirements needed for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while working on your Associate of Science in Nursing. This streamlined approach helps you get two degrees, in less time.

Once you have your ASN, you can take a break to work as a registered nurse before continuing on to your BSN. You’ll be able to earn your BSN faster and advance your career.

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Applicants for the ASN to BSN Nursing program must meet general admissions requirements.

LPN Advanced Placement

While PA College doesn’t offer an LPN program, the school has an LPN to RN assessment module. This accelerated enrollment option – designed for licensed practical nurses looking to continue their education – offers two options: daytime or evening/weekend. The six-week daytime module begins in mid-May and ends in late June, with classes and clinical work held Wednesdays through Fridays during daytime hours. The evening/weekend option, also held from May to June, consists of classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m., and clinicals every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday. You must also complete all of the general education requirements before these semesters begin (which can be done with us).

Successful completion of the module exempts students from NUR101, NUR102, NUR111, and NUR112. The module is offered as a Pass/Fail grade. Those students who do not pass the assessment at the end of the module have the option of enrolling into the first semester of the Associate Nursing Degree program beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. Completion of all general education requirements as is a pre-requisite for the LPN placement module.

Beginning Fall 2022, the curriculum will be transitioning into a 5-semester concept-based program with flexible course offerings including day, evening, and weekend classes and clinical rotations. See 2.5-Year track tab for more information. The LPN placement module will exempt students from NUR110, NUR120, and NUR265. Students who do not pass the assessment will have the option of enrolling in the first semester of the concept-based Associate Nursing Degree program. Completion of all general education requirements as is a pre-requisite for the LPN placement module.

Curriculum

Beginning Fall 2022, the College will be moving to a revised concept-based ASN curriculum that allows students to develop their nursing knowledge, critical thinking skills, and clinical judgment through a combination of classroom and clinical experiences. The existing ASN curriculum will end as of Summer 2022.

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: Five-Semester Track Total Credits: 67

First Year: Associate of Science in Nursing Program

Semester 1  
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101College Studies Seminar*3
ENG 100English Composition3
Total Credits10
Semester 2
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
PSY 100General Psychology3
NUR 110Concepts of Health & Illness I2
NUR 120Concepts of Health & Illness II2
NUR 320Health Assessment3
Total Credits14
Semester 3
NUR 280Concepts of Pathophsiology3
BIO 185Microbiology3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
NUR 130Concepts of Health and Illness #33
NUR 140Concepts of Health and Illness #43
Total Credits15
Total Combined Credits39

*CSS101 is preferred pre-requisite, but it can be a co-requisite if BIO175 is transferred/Student must have 7 general education credits completed or transferred prior to start of clinical courses.

Second Year: Associate in Science in Nursing Program

Semester 4  
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
NUR 210Concepts of Health and Illness #54
NUR 220Concepts of Health and Illness #64
NUR 230Concepts of Health and Illness #75
Total Credits14
Semester 5
NUR 240Concepts of Health and Illness #85
NUR 250Concepts of Health and Illness #93
NUR 290Transition to Practice3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credits14
Total Combined Credits28

RN to BSN

Fall SemesterCredits
CSS 101College Studies Seminar3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 301Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NUR 312Human Diversity and Cultural Care in Nursing3
Total Credits 10
Spring SemesterCredits
ENG 300Advanced Composition for Health Care3
IPC 322Teaching and Learning 3
NUR 340Comprehensive Health Assessment3
Total Credits 9
Summer SemesterCredits
ECO 310American Health Care System3
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Health Care3
Total Credits6
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
MAT 260Statistics3
Total Credits6
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
NUR 420Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits9
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
Total Credits3
ElectivesCredits
Humanities Elective3
300- or 400-level Elective3
Other Electives6
Total Credits12
Total RN to BSN Credits55
Total Combined Credits120

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: Three-Year Track Total Credits: 67

Ending Summer 2022

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

ASN to BSN

Associate of Science in Nursing Program

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

RN to BSN

Fall SemesterCredits
CSS 101College Studies Seminar3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 301Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NUR 312Human Diversity and Cultural Care in Nursing3
Total Credits 10
Spring SemesterCredits
ENG 300Advanced Composition for Health Care3
IPC 322Teaching and Learning 3
NUR 340Comprehensive Health Assessment3
Total Credits 9
Summer SemesterCredits
ECO 310American Health Care System3
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Health Care3
Total Credits6
Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
MAT 260Statistics3
Total Credits6
Spring SemesterCredits
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
NUR 420Nursing Leadership and Management3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits9
Summer SemesterCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
Total Credits3
ElectivesCredits
Humanities Elective3
300- or 400-level Elective3
Other Electives6
Total Credits12
Total RN to BSN Credits55
Total Combined Credits120

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: LPN Track

Licensed practical nurses who successfully complete the January or May LPN Assessment module (NUR 010) have the opportunity for advanced placement in the final year of the ASN two-year program or the final two years of the ASN three-year program. Additional requirements must be met to qualify.

Will I Be Successful?

Graduation Year*150 % Graduation Rate**Employed %***Passed Licensure Exam %
2019-2062.2%Not available yet98.04%
2018-1965.9%100%95.02%
2017-1876.4%100%98.02%
*150% or 3-year graduation rate for the 2-year track and 4.5-year graduation rate for the 3-year track.
**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.

Meet Your Faculty

Alyssa Leggieri

Alyssa Leggieri, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty

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Amanda Botscheller

Amanda N. Botscheller, MSN, RN, CEN, CNE

Instructor, ASN Program

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Amy Williams

Amy Williams, MNE, RN-BC

Faculty Instructor

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Cindy Mostoller

Cindy Mostoller, MSN, RN

Nursing Faculty-Undergraduate program

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Deanna Wilk

Deanna Wilk, MSN/Ed, RN

Level 1 Coordinator Faculty, Division of Nursing

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Deborah Weitkamp

Deborah Weitkamp, MSN

Instructor

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Eleanor Keller

Eleanor Keller, MSN, BSN, RN, ONC

Adjunct Faculty

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Gayle Watson

Gayle Watson

Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing

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Jessica Cheslock

Jessica Cheslock, MSN, RNC-OB

Faculty

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Kelly Sabo

Kelly Sabo, RN, BS

Adjunct Faculty

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Keri Weaver

Keri Weaver, MSN, RNC-OB

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty-Clinical Instructor

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Mary E. Fetter

Mary Fetter, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

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Michelle Rapiey

Michelle L. Rapiey, MSN, MHA, RN

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty

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Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly, RN, MSN

Nursing Instructor

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Noel Brooks

Noel R. Brooks, MSN, MEd, RN-BC

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing in ASN/BSN Programs

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