Three-year BSN

Three-year BSN

Put your nursing career on the fast track to success with the region’s only three-year BSN program.


Change lives sooner. Get employed faster. Spend less on your education. Only PA College offers the three-year BSN you need to do all this and more. As a three-year BSN student, you’ll go hands-on from day one of your education. Practice your skills in our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Get guaranteed experience across a variety of clinical settings. Complete a service learning project for at-risk populations and an immersive internship that puts you at the center of an interdisciplinary health care team.

This program will push your limits, but with challenge comes great reward. After completing our three-year BSN, you’ll be able to take the National Council Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and find a nursing career in the fast-growing job market.

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Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. See more accreditation information.

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  • Applicants must have graduated from an approved secondary school, met the requirements for the GED or received a diploma from an accredited home school association.
  • High school-level courses must include a minimum of 16 units, with:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics (2 algebra)
    • 2 units of science with a related lab (1 biology and 1 chemistry)
    • 2 units of a foreign language.

*Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill high school requirements.

  • Satisfactory achievement on the SAT or the ACT. If more than two years have elapsed since either graduation or earning a GED, prospective students will be required to demonstrate academic success in a college-level math or science course with a lab.
  • Preferred applicants will have:
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater in secondary education
    • SAT combined reading and math score of 1100 or better
    • A composite ACT score of 22 or greater
  • Additional factors considered in the competitive admission process include:
    • Class rank
    • Personal interview
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Community service
    • Health care-related service
  • Transcripts of students who have earned post-secondary credits will be reviewed to determine which courses may be transferred into PA College to meet the requirements of the program.

Curriculum (Sample Schedule)

First Year: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CHE 100General Chemistry I3
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 160College Algebra3
NUR 151Professional Nursing Student Experience1
NUR 170Foundation Nursing I3
Total Credits17
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
NUR 160History & Theory of Nursing Practice3
NUR 270Foundational Nursing II3
NUR 320Health Assessment3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credits19
Summer SemesterCredits
PSY 100General Psychology3
Humanities Elective3
Total Credits6
Total Combined Credits42

Second Year: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 185Microbiology3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 260Pharmacology3
NUR 275Health and Illness I5
NUR 311Cultural Care in Nursing3
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Health Care3
Total Credits18
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 250Nutrition for Life3
BIO 376Pathophysiology3
MAT 260Statistics3
IPC 322Teaching & Learning3
NUR 295Health and Illness II6
Total Credits18
Summer SemesterCredits
NUR 349Nursing Internship3
300- or 400-level IPC or NUR elective3
Total Credits6
Total Combined Credits84

Third Year: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
IPC 330Health Informatics and Technology3
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
NUR 355Health and Illness III6
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
Total Credits18
Spring SemesterCredits
ECO 310American Health Care System3
IPC 450Capstone3
NUR 405Health and Illness IV5
NUR 406Clinical Decision Making1
NUR 421Leadership and Transition Into Practice3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits18
Total Combined Credits120