Nursing, Completion, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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About this program

Reach for new opportunities by pursuing your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Endorsed by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, this 100% online program is designed with flexible scheduling for the working professional. Courses are delivered by master’s- and doctoral-prepared nurses with the same rigor as on-campus options and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

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Designed for Working Professionals

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Online Program

Nursing Careers

  • Hospital acute care settings
  • Home health agencies
  • State and federal facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Physician/surgeon/dentist offices
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Credentials Proven by License (NUR304)
  • Orientation for the BSN student (NUR001)
  • The Philosophy of Professional Nursing (NUR311)
  • Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies (NUR353)
  • Directed Nursing Elective (NUR)
  • Nursing in an Aging Society (NUR315)
  • Community Health Nursing for the Practicing RN (NUR329)
  • Evaluating Professional Nursing Practice (NUR414)
  • Research and Theory in Clinical Practice (NUR494)
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (NUR250)
  • Leadership and Management for the Practicing RN (NUR466)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY203)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors (CSC229)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124) or
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Fundamentals of Small Group Communication (SPC102) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
Online Degrees

Learning that fits your lifestyle

Convenience

  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take as many or as few classes you want each semester
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family

Value

  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement - check with yours to see if you qualify
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree

Service

  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • 100% online - no required campus visits
Student Experience

"The college’s nursing programs are top-notch; they are known to put out nothing short of amazing and professional nurses. The instructors clearly put a great deal of effort into helping students online just as they do in the traditional classroom setting. I truly couldn’t be more satisfied with my choice."

Kayla Kovilaritch

Military Tuition Assistance

Thanks to the Military Tuition Assistance Program, more tomorrow makers can find their futures at Penn College. Through this special offering, qualified active military personnel are eligible to pursue college credits tuition free.

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science 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.

More Information

The Bachelor of Science 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.

Student Achievement Outcome Data

  • Graduate of an accredited associate's degree and/or diploma nursing program.
  • Copy of current, valid RN license in any state with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

All students in this major are required to maintain a cumulative (GPA) of 2.0 or greater to remain in the nursing major. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR, BIO, and CHM courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

The following grading system applied to all nursing courses in this major. There is no rounding of grades: 
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Child abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in clinical practice experiences. Agencies can prohibit students from participating in clinical experiences at their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Pennsylvania College of Technology, when students are at a clinical site, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to complete clinical, fieldwork, or intern educational experiences will result in the inability to meet course and program 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 State 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.

Students who have studied previously at the college level are required to submit all transcripts to the Admissions Office. 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 nursing program's policy. Students must have a minimum grade of 'C' (2.0) in courses transferred into the major. All Pennsylvania College of Technology associate-degree requirements will apply toward the bachelor-degree requirements. A block of 38 nursing credits will be transferred from an accredited associate-degree or diploma nursing curricula. Students must complete at least 36 credits at Pennsylvania College of Technology for course work prescribed in the final four semesters of a student's profile including required summer courses within or 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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

This is an online major. Therefore, students must have access to a reliable computer and internet.

Technical Requirements

Computer Required (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended) 

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 5 or higher) processor (recommended)
  • 4+ GB RAM (recommended)
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended)
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Internet Connection (cable or DSL highly recommended)
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)

*Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited 

Operating Systems:
P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning and Teaching Online) is Penn College's implementation of Desire2Learn/Brightspace LMS. It is a Web-based course management system that allows instructors to post course materials online, facilitate course communication, gauge student progress, and extend learning beyond the classroom. 

Browsers:
The fully supported browsers for PLATO are: Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

International students who are studying in the United States on an F-1 visa must be enrolled in a full course of study in-person. Students are not permitted to enroll in an entirely online degree. Online degrees are available to international students pursuing the degree from their home country. Students must still meet all admissions criteria for admission to the college and any special admissions requirements that govern pursuit of their chosen major.

  • 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 Jennifer K Flick, MSN, RN, PCCN, '09, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Ms Stephanie Fry, RN, Director of Nursing, The Williamsport Home
  • 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
  • Ms. Susan Kemmerer, BSN, RN, '92, '00, Nurse Manager, Geisinger Home Health & Hospice
  • Mr. Gerald A Kriner, '80, Executive Assistant, Senate of Pennsylvania
  • Ms Kerri S Kubalak, Career Coordinator, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, WATCH Project
  • 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