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.

Questions about ASN prerequisites or associate degree in nursing costs? Complete the Request More Information form below.

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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

Two-Year Track

If you’re passionate about nursing and driven to succeed, begin your career in nursing with an associate nursing 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

The evening/weekend track makes a nursing degree work with your schedule, with a full-time schedule in the first year followed by a reduced course load in the second and third years. Whether you’re a parent, student or working professional, you can begin your career as a nurse without pausing your life.

ASN to 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 degree. 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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Associates in nursing requirements as well as BSN requirements include meeting general admissions requirements.

LPN Advanced Placement

While PA College doesn’t offer an LPN program, there is an LPN to RN assessment module. This is an accelerated enrollment option designed for licensed practical nurses who are looking to continue their education. PA College offers two options for the module: daytime and evening/weekend. The daytime module is six weeks in length, beginning in mid-May and ending at the end of June, with class and clinical work being held Wednesdays through Fridays during the daytime hours. The evening/weekend option is also held from May-June. Classes take place Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m., and clinicals take place every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday over the course of four weekends. 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 NUR 101, NUR 102, NUR 111 and NUR 112. 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 year of the associate nursing degree program.

Curriculum

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

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: 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

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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