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 in 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

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+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

Licensed practical nurses are given a quicker path to an ASN with this advanced placement assessment module. This six-week course and assessment allow LPNs to bypass the first year of the ASN program. The course is offered part-time during the spring semester. Sessions meet on nights and weekends to make it easy for working nurses. A full-time summer session is also available. Additional requirements must be met to qualify.

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
ENG 300Advanced Composition for Health Care3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 301Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NUR 310 or NUR 311Human Diversity and Health Care or Cultural Care in Nursing3
Total Credits10
Spring SemesterCredits
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
IPC 322Teaching and Learning for the Nursing Professional3
NUR 340Comprehensive Health Assessment3
Total Credits9
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
Electives
Humanities Elective3
300- or 400-level Elective3
Other Electives6
Total Credits6
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
ENG 300Advanced Composition for Health Care3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 301Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NUR 310 or NUR 311Human Diversity and Health Care or Cultural Care in Nursing3
Total Credits10
Spring SemesterCredits
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
IPC 322Teaching and Learning for the Nursing Professional3
NUR 340Comprehensive Health Assessment3
Total Credits9
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
Electives
Humanities Elective3
300- or 400-level Elective3
Other Electives6
Total Credits6
Total RN to BSN Credits55
Total Combined Credits120

Associate in Science in Nursing Program: LPN Track

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. Additional requirements must be met to qualify.

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-RN pass rate for first time test takers from October to September  

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