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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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

Prepare yourself for a career of providing high-quality patient care. 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 nursing education.

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are designed to prepare nurses with rigorous classroom curricula and high-tech simulation-based learning. Clinical programs feature guaranteed clinical placement in the region’s leading health care facilities, and hands-on experiences beginning in your first semester.

We offer multiple paths to success, including an abbreviated program for registered nurses, and the region’s only three-year BSN program for qualified students.

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Degree Paths

Accelerated Three-Year

The three-year BSN program — the only one in the region — is designed for highly qualified students seeking a faster path to a career in nursing. The combination of classroom work and immersive experiences in simulation, clinical and service learning is challenging and rewarding.

Applicants for this program must meet additional admissions requirements.

Traditional Four-Year

In our traditional BSN path, students develop their nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills through a combination of classroom work and immersive experiences in simulation, clinical, and service learning.

Students applying for this program must meet the general requirements.

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, faster.

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.

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook.

Applicants for the ASN+BSN Nursing program must meet general admissions requirements.

 

As an institution that has taught nurses for over a hundred years, we know how strenuous nursing can be. That’s why our RN to BSN program is built to allow busy nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in a way that works for them.

As a practicing nurse, you have the clinical experience you need. We provide courses that advance your knowledge and leadership skills. This ensures you can offer an exceptional experience for the patients you care for and the team you work with.

This accelerated program offers in-person and online options to help working nurses enhance their skills. The personal environment means you’ll receive attention from expert faculty to help you take the next step in your career.

This program is open only to working nurses who meet the requirements. 

Curriculum

Accelerated Three-Year BSN Program

First Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 160College Algebra3
NUR 151Professional Nursing Student Experience1
NUR 170Foundational Nursing I3
Elective3
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

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 & Learning3
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
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

Traditional Four-Year BSN Program

First Year

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 160College Algebra3
Humanities Elective3
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
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
NUR 151Professional Nursing Student Experience1
NUR 170Foundational Nursing I3
NUR 320Health Assessment3
Total Credits14
Spring SemesterCredits
ECO 310American Health Care System3
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
MAT 260Statistics3
NUR 160History and Theory of Nursing Practice3
NUR 270Foundational Nursing II3
Total Credits15
Total Combined Credits61

Third Year

Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 260Pharmacology3
NUR 275Health and Illness I5
NUR 311Cultural Care in Nursing3
PHI 330Ethical Issues in Health Care3
Total Credits14
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 322Teaching and Learning3
IPC 330Health Informatics and Technology3
NUR 295Health and Illness II6
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 III6
NUR 410Issues and Trends in Nursing3
NUR 430Nursing in a Global Society3
Total Credits15
Spring SemesterCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
NUR 405Health and Illness IV5
NUR 406Clinical Decision Making1
NUR 421Leadership and Transition Into Practice3
Total Credits12
Total Combined Credits120

ASN+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

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
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

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

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education See more accreditation information.