This unique completion major is designed for the registered nurse who wishes to earn a degree on a full- or part-time basis. The bachelor-degree major prepares licensed registered nurses to contribute to the quality provision of nursing care in a rapidly changing health care environment. The curriculum offers a required core of nursing and general education courses with elective course options based on your educational and career goals.
Building on your knowledge and skills gained from a diploma- and associate- degree nursing program, the standard curriculum plan is offered in 8-week courses and can be completed in as few as four semesters. Other options are available, depending on the number of transfer credits accorded for previous college work.
The online nursing completion degree gives you the flexibility needed to balance your work, school, and home life. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Application/Major Code: BSN – view in catalog
- School: Nursing & Health Sciences
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 121
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Starting fall 2017, any out-of-state student enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing major is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For further information, contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326; 404-975-5000.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can lead to advanced clinical and administrative positions in the traditional in-patient setting, as well as opportunities in other patient care settings which include but are not limited to: home health nursing, public health nursing, nursing education, the armed services, and case management. A nurse with a BSN degree is desired at regional and nation-wide hospital systems who have or are seeking Magnet nursing status. The Magnet nursing designation has driven many local institutions to seek BSN prepared graduates or require completion of a BSN degree upon hire.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $104,100.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||1,685,820||$36.45||$75,820|
|Offices of Physicians||196,040||$32.16||$66,890|
|Home Health Care Services||179,310||$33.77||$70,230|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||155,450||$31.59||$65,710|
|Outpatient Care Centers||132,070||$36.39||$75,680|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Special Admissions Requirements
- Graduate of an accredited associate's degree and/or diploma nursing program.
- Current valid RN license in any state with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania.
All student transcripts will be evaluated by Admissions. All general education/liberal arts courses that meet core College requirements for baccalaureate degrees will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. The transfer of nursing credits is evaluated on an individual basis according to the program's policy. Students must have a minimum grade of 'C' (2.00) in courses transferred into the BSN completion major. All Penn College associate-degree requirements will apply toward bachelor-degree requirements. A block of 38 nursing credits will be transferred from an accredited associate-degree or diploma nursing curricula. Students must complete 36 credits at Penn College for coursework prescribed in the final four semester of a student's profile including required summer courses within of following the final four semesters.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Science Majors..
Special Equipment Needs
This is a strictly on-line major, thus students must have access to a computer and software. See technical requirements for complete list. Please refer to the information technology services site for more details.
PLATO is a web-based system that is fully certified to work with Windows and MAC Operating Systems.
The fully supported browsers for PLATO are: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari
Desktop or Laptop Computer (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended)
Internet Connection (cable or DSL heavily recommended)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Headset with Microphone suggested
Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)
Clubs & Activities
Notice of Conviction
Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in clinical practice experiences. Agencies can bar students from their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at a clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing advises that a drug-related conviction and/or conviction of a felonious act or two misdemeanors might result in denial and/or revocation of a license to practice nursing. In accordance with The professional Nurse Law, Act of 1951, P.L. 317, No. 69, as amended, The Pennsylvania Board of Nursing shall not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and cosmetic Act” or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless a least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the conviction.
Nursing Advisory Committee
- Ms. Sharon Adams, RN, BSN, Manager, Patient Care ED & M/S Unit, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Lori A Berger, RN, BSN, '89, Director of Nursing Education, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Ms. Cinde L Bower-Stout, RN, '94, Level 1 Heart Attack Nurse Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center
- Ms. Patricia A Campbell, Director, Outpatient Nursing and Coordinator Nursing Affiliations, Geisinger Medical Center
- Ms. Juliann W Gombosi, Director of Nursing Education/Clinical Practice, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Kathy Harris, RN, BSN, MHA, '00, '13, Manager of Compliance/Quality Outcomes, UPMC Susquehanna
- Mr. James Haywood, Business Consultant, PA CareerLink
- Ms. Gaye Jenkins, M.Ed., '96, '97, Academic Specialist, WATCH
- Ms. Susan Kemmerer, BSN, RN, '92, '00, Care Coordinator, Geisinger Home Health & Hospice
- Mr. Gerald A Kriner, '80, Executive Assistant, Senate of Pennsylvania
- Ms. Tammy E Lucas-Coleman, RN, CNDLTC, '04, Director of Nursing, The Williamsport Home
- Ms. Andrea Reed, '06, '07, Nurse Manager, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Lou Ann Simpson, RN, BSN, '92, '01, Director of Nursing, Valley View Nursing Center
- Ms. Jane Thompson, Health, Nutrition, Fitness Coordinator, Step Office of Aging
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.