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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Choose from four degree paths on your way to a high-impact career as a nurse.

Prepare yourself for a career of providing high-quality health care with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences was founded in 1903 as a nursing school. As the health care field grows and new opportunities emerge, PA College continues to offer best-in-class BSN education and BSN degree programs.

When it comes to bachelor in nursing schools, our bachelor’s degree in nursing is designed to prepare nurses for professional excellence. Programs with clinical components feature guaranteed placement in the region’s leading health care facilities, early hands-on clinical experiences, and high-tech simulation-based learning.

We offer multiple paths to success with our BSN nursing programs, including an accelerated bachelors in nursing for registered nurses (RN), the region’s only three-year concept-based BSN program, and a four-year concept-based BSN program.

Questions about our online bachelor’s nursing tracks or accelerated BSN prerequisites? Complete the Request More Information form below.

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PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

 

Degree Paths

Accelerated Three-Year BSN

We’re proud to offer an accelerated BSN degree program. The three-year BSN track — the only one in the region — is designed for highly qualified students seeking a faster path to a career in nursing. This concept-based curriculum is a combination of classroom work and immersive experiences in simulation, clinical and service learning that is challenging and rewarding.
Applicants for this accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program must meet additional admissions requirements.

Meet Your Faculty

Gayle Watson

Gayle Watson

Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing

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Karen Uhrich

Karen Uhrich, MSN, RN

Adjunct Instructor

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Kristie Berkstreser

Kristie Berkstresser, PhD, RN, CNE, BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

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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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Stephanie Hentz

Stephanie Hentz, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing, BSN Program Coordinator

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Thola A.Bennecoff Wolansk

Thola A.Bennecoff Wolanski, MSN, RN

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty

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Four-Year BSN

In our four-year BSN track, students develop their nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills. This concept-based curriculum is a combination of classroom work and immersive experiences in simulation, clinical, and service learning that is challenging and rewarding. The four-year BSN track offers a reduced credit load each semester, making it a more flexible option.

Students applying for this program must meet the general requirements.

Meet Your Faculty

Gayle Watson

Gayle Watson

Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing

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Karen Uhrich

Karen Uhrich, MSN, RN

Adjunct Instructor

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Kristie Berkstreser

Kristie Berkstresser, PhD, RN, CNE, BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

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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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Stephanie Hentz

Stephanie Hentz, MSN, RN

Instructor of Nursing, BSN Program Coordinator

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Thola A.Bennecoff Wolansk

Thola A.Bennecoff Wolanski, MSN, RN

Undergraduate Nursing Faculty

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RN to BSN

Our award winning RN to BSN program enables busy nurses to earn their bachelor’s degree through flexible, individualized scheduling.

For the practicing nurse, we provide courses that build upon your existing professional expertise and provide further opportunities for personal and professional growth.

This accelerated program is offered primarily online. RN to BSN online courses are facilitated by expert faculty who guide you throughout the curriculum.

This program is open only to students who meet the requirements. 

Meet Your Faculty

Cynthia Castaldi

Cynthia Castaldi, DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

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Kari Cellini

Kari E. Cellini, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Professor

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Kristie Berkstreser

Kristie Berkstresser, PhD, RN, CNE, BC

Associate Professor of Nursing

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Curriculum

Accelerated Three-Year BSN Program

First Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101College Seminar3
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
NUR 160History & Theory of Nursing3
NUR 170Foundational Nursing I3
Total Credits19
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
NUR 270*Foundational Nursing II3
NUR 320Health Assessment3
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Science1
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credits17
Summer SemesterCredits
PSY 100General Psychology3
Humanities Elective3
Total Credits6
Total Combined Credits42

* Students beginning Fall 2022 will take NUR 271 (4 cr) instead of NUR 270 (3 cr).

Second Year

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
IPC 322Teaching & Learning 3
MAT 260Statistics3
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

Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 330Health Informatics and Technology3
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
NUR 355Health and Illness III 6
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
General Elective3
Total Credits18
Spring SemesterCredits
ECO 310American Health Care System3
IPC 450Capstone3
NUR 405 Health and Illness IV5
NUR 406*Clinical Decision Making1
NUR 421*Leadership and Transition Into Practice3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits18
Total Combined Credits120

* For students starting Fall 2022, NUR 406 (1 cr) and NUR 421 (3 cr) will be replaced by NUR 422 (3 cr).

Four-Year BSN Program

First Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101College Seminar3
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences3
Humanities Elective3
Total Credits16
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIO 185Microbiology3
BIO 250Nutrition for Life3
PSY 100General Psychology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credits16
Total Combined Credits32

Second Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 376Pathophysiology3
NUR 160History and Theory of Nursing Practice3
NUR 170Foundational Nursing I3
NUR 311Cultural Care in Nursing3
General Elective3
Total Credits15
Spring SemesterCredits
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
IPC 322Teaching and Learning3
MAT 260Statistics3
NUR 270*Foundational Nursing II3
NUR 320Health Assessment3
Total Credits15
Total Combined Credits62

* Students beginning clinical courses Fall 2022 will take NUR 271 (4 cr) instead of NUR 270 (3 cr).

Third Year

Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
ECO 310American Healthcare System3
NUR 260Pharmacology3
NUR 275Health and Illness I 5
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Science1
Total Credits13
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 330Health Informatics and Technology3
NUR 295Health and Illness II6
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Healthcare3
NUR/IPC Elective3
Total Credits15
Summer Semester IIICredits
NUR 349Nursing Internship3
Total Credits3
Total Combined Credits93

Fourth Year

Fall SemesterCredits
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
NUR 355Health and Illness III or Health and Illness IV6
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits15
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
NUR 405Health and Illness IV5
NUR 406*Clinical Decision Making1
NUR 421*Leadership and Transition Into Practice3
Total Credits12
Total Combined Credits120

* For students starting clinical courses Fall 2022, NUR 406 (1 cr) and NUR 421 (3 cr) will be replaced by NUR 422 (3 cr).

RN to BSN Program

Lower Division Courses (65 Credits)

Nursing CoursesCredits
Students are awarded 39 lower division nursing credits for their nursing coursework completed through their associate degree or diploma program.39
General Education CoursesCredits
Science Courses14
Social Science Courses6
Mathematics Course (College-level Math)3
Humanities Course (English Composition)3
Total Lower Division Credits65

RN to BSN Curriculum (Sample Schedule)

This sample schedule lists all required courses in a suggested sequence, except the four required electives. Electives may be completed at any time prior to graduation.

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

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