Nursing Program

Nursing Associate Degree

Experience best-in-class experiential learning, built on a legacy of training 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 hands-on experience for students.

Students are able to hone their clinical 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 areas 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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Degree Paths

Two-Year Track

If you’re passionate about nursing and driven to succeed, begin your career in nursing with an ASN degree. This degree gives you a traditional two-year track to an associate degree and sets you on a course for a career providing top-of-the-line patient care. 

Three-Year Track

This part-time program blends online and traditional learning to make a nursing degree work with your schedule. Whether you’re a parent, student or working professional, you can begin your career as a nurse without pausing your life.

LPN Advanced Placement

Licensed practical nurses are given an quicker path to an ASN with this advanced placement program. If you’re already practicing as an LPN, you can jump ahead to more advanced courses and earn your degree faster. Additional requirements must be met to qualify.

Curriculum

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

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 Total Credits: 67

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

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: LPN Track Total Credits: XX

Licensed practical nurses who successfully complete the LPN Assessment Module (NUR 010) have the opportunity for advanced placement into the two- or three-year option. Students accepted into the program are required to complete NUR 010. Successful completion of the assessment module exempts students from NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 111 and NUR 112. Students who do not progress through the LPN Assessment Module are automatically enrolled in NUR 101 and NUR 111.

Will I Be Successful?

Graduation Year*150 % Graduation Rate**Employed %***Passed Certification %
2017-1898.02%
2016-1772.9%95.40%95.16%
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  

Not sure if this is the right nursing program for you?

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