Nursing, Part-time, Evening & Weekend

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
nursing student in lab

About this program

If you dream of becoming a registered nurse and want the convenience of a part-time program, this may be the perfect path for you. This hybrid program combines evening virtual lessons with weeknight hands-on labs (first semester only) and weekend clinical experiences. In seven semesters and three summer sessions, you’ll earn your associate’s degree, be ready to take your licensure exam, and master the essential skills to excel in this in-demand field.

Special Admissions Requirements

A limited number of seats are available in this program. That’s why we rely on selective admission criteria to select applicants with the highest potential for success. Entry into the program is competitive. There are a number of pathways to earn your seat including, but not limited to, TEAS, SAT, or ACT scores. Read more about the selection criteria → 

Cohort size may vary based on clinical site availability and alignment with accreditation requirements. Students who are not selected into their desired program may be eligible for selection into another Nursing & Health Sciences program depending on seat availability. For additional information, please contact the appropriate program director.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

On November 4, 2021, an emergency regulation was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers. Individuals considering applying to this program should be aware that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in clinical experiences for Spring 2022 and beyond. For the most up-to-date information about our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements, please contact the program office.

100%

NCLEX-RN Performance Exam First-Time Pass Rate; National Average is 83%

585

Hours of Hands-On Nursing Experience

38%

Associate Degree Nursing Alumni Qualify for a 38% Tuition Discount for the Online BSN Program

Careers

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

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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.

  • Foundations of Nursing (NUR186)
  • Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I (NUR188)
  • Essentials of Pharmacology (NUR287)
  • Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II (NUR214)
  • Childbearing Nursing (NUR270)
  • Nursing Care of Children (NUR271)
  • Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III (NUR229)
  • Psychosocial Nursing (NUR272)
  • Topics in Nursing (NUR274)

​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 & Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO125)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY203)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)

​​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.

  • Math Elective (MTH123 or Higher) (MNA)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
Maker Profiles
Facilities

Lab Tour

Take a look inside one of the largest programs on campus. Check out the specialized learning labs, the family of high-fidelity manikins, and everything this program has to offer.

Advanced Learning Labs
Facilities

Advanced Learning Labs

Gain valuable hands-on skills working in six different nursing labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment including a series of high fidelity patient simulators: Nursing Anne, SimBaby™, SimJunior®, SimMan® 3G, SimMan® ALS, and SimMom®.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 10

Open House

Saturday, September 108:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Sep 23

Open House

Friday, September 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 9

Open House

Sunday, October 98:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 28

Open House

Friday, October 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 5

Open House

Saturday, November 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 18

Open House

Friday, November 188:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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
Evangelical Community Hospital
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Nurses’ Association (SNA)

Student Nurses’ Association (SNA)

The SNA’s mission is to explore professional growth, promote mutual respect in collaboration between the different levels of nursing, and serve as a channel for the exchange of ideas to promote holistic health and provide for both patient and student education.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

Explore the field of nursing beyond the classroom with international learning experiences to Guatemala and Belarus.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

Get career defining exposure to diverse specialties through clinical experiences at all types of healthcare facilities within a one-hour radius of campus.

Dual Degree

Take two

Dual Degree

Dual Degree

Students have the option of enrolling in a dual degree in the Pre-Nursing, RN to B.S.N., Completion (B.S) Online program once they are accepted into the Nursing (A.A.S.) major.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Students get perspective on patients’ real-life struggles

Students get perspective on patients’ real-life struggles

Nursing students participated in a simulation in that made them think about the choices they would make – and that many of their future patients will face – given the constraints of poverty.

During a “poverty simulation,” students were assigned to families with specified incomes and adhered to rules such as: working; caring for children; paying for transportation and bills; and providing adequate food, clothing and health care for their dependents.

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Accreditation

The associate nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Technology located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

More Information

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

All students offered a reserved seat in this major are required to maintain a math/science grade calculation of 2.75 or greater and a cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 or greater prior to entering the first nursing course. If a student does not maintain the required grade calculations, the student will relinquish their seat and be placed into the pre-nursing major. Re-selection into the major will be required during the next selection period and will follow the current selective admission criteria. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR and BIO courses. If a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

The following grading system is 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

This major will follow the transfer standards established by the College which requires a minimum of a "C" grade in transfer courses. Official transcripts must be sent to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Admissions office. The College may also request official high school transcripts or an official GED score report. Students seeking acceptance for Fall must submit official transcripts by June 1st. Applicants transferring from other colleges will have their nursing credits evaluated by a Penn College Nursing official after they have been accepted into the major. International health credentials/licensure, science courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see international students applying to Health Sciences majors for additional information.

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.

Students in this major are expected to purchase a dual head stethoscope, a custom nursing kit (must be purchased at the College Store), uniforms, malpractice insurance, medical insurance, clearances, certifications, and various smaller items Refer to equipment and estimated cost list

Technical Requirements

Laptop 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 required • 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.

  • Program Review Executive Summary

  • Students must meet Essential Functions for Nursing established by the Nursing Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements.

The nursing, RN preparation program at Pennsylvania College of Technology meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania College of Technology has not determined if the nursing, RN preparation program at Pennsylvania College of Technology meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful.

  • 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. Kathy Harris, RN, BSN, MHA, '00, '13, Manager of Compliance/Quality Outcomes, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Ms. Susan Kemmerer, BSN, RN, '92, '00, Infection Control Nurse, Embassy of Loyalsock
  • 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, Clinical Reimbursement Coordinator, Affinity Health Services
  • Mr. Jonah Milliken, Associate Director, Bayada Pediatrics
  • Ms. Tamara F Persing, MS, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, VP Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Heather Stafford, MHA, BSN, CIC, Clinical Director of Nursing Education & Infection Prev. & Control, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Ms. Jane Thompson, Health, Nutrition, Fitness Coordinator, Step Office of Aging