Nursing (BGN)

(Effective Fall 2017)

This traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing major is designed to prepare individuals with the opportunity to provide professional holistic nursing care to clients in a variety of health care settings. Courses in the biological sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts will provide a sound balance with the nursing coursework and clinical experiences to enable the graduates to function at a generalist level. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination NCLEX-RN for Registered Nursing.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

It is recommended that the applicants complete the following while in high school: English - four units, social studies - three units, science - two units with a related laboratory or equivalent, and mathematics - two units of which one is algebra.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students will have earned a GED credential, or High School Diploma and completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including 4 units of English, 3 units of social studies, 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra) and 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent. Students who do not meet these requirements can work with a college advisor to prepare for the major.  Students must meet technical standards established by the Nursing Program. One criteria required for selection into the nursing major is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS exam). Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam by creating an account at and purchasing the TEAS exam through the ATI Testing online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times each semester. See the ATI Testing online store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.  Applicants with less than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection into the major based upon the high school selection criteria. Please refer to the special admission information for a complete list of selection admission criteria.

Special Equipment Needs

Students accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BGN) major will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. Refer to equipment and estimated cost list.

Technical Requirements

Operating Systems:
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)

Remediation Strategies

Students must complete all required remediation in Math, English, and Reading prior to being considered for selection into the major.

Transfer Procedures

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 Penn College Admissions office. The College may also request official high school transcripts or an official GED score report. For all acceptance, transcripts need to be received by December 1st for Fall and for Spring acceptance by June 1st. Applicants transferring from other Colleges will have their nursing credits evaluated by Penn College Nursing Official after acceptance into the major. See admission standards. International health credentials/licensure, science 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 Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to: 
  • demonstrate professional behaviors in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, with an emphasis on applying leadership and management skills to improve the delivery of health care; (Professional Behaviors) 
  • combine knowledge from nursing, liberal arts, and sciences to facilitate holistic and culturally competent consumer centered care; (Consumer-Centered Care) 
  • facilitate the teaching-learning process to promote health and prevent disease in populations across the lifespan; (Teaching and Learning) 
  • apply the nursing process to optimize patient outcomes across the continuum of health care environments; (Nursing Process) 
  • utilize informatics to collect and analyze data and identify research problems related to the nursing care and documentation of diverse consumers; (Informatics) 
  • evaluate therapeutic communication in providing for the health care needs of diverse clients, families, and communities in a variety of health care settings; (Communication) 
  • integrate evidence–based practice in providing nursing care which is theory-guided, research-based, and individualized to the needs of the consumer; (Evidence-Based Practice)

Performance Standards

All students in the major are required to maintain a minimum math and science grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, and a minimum 2.5 cumulative graduation GPA to remain in the major. In addition, all students must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, HTH, CHM, 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 the BGN major. There is no rounding of grades:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
Second Semester Credits
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
NUR205 Perspectives of Aging 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
NUR204 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Third Semester Credits
NUR232 Fundamentals of Nursing 6  
BGN Directed Chemistry Elective 4  
NUR288 Health Assessment 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3  
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Fourth Semester Credits
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3  
NUR250 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3  
NUR353 Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies 2  
NUR306 Adult Health Nursing 6  
NUR233 Pharmacology in Healthcare I 1  
Fifth Semester Credits
BIO201 Microbiology 4  
NUR330 Obstetrical Nursing 4  
NUR340 Pediatric Nursing 4  
ART Art Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
NUR320 Adult Health Nursing II 7  
NUR362 Pharmacology in Healthcare II 2  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
NUR328 Community Health Nursing 4  Cultural Diversity Requirement
NUR420 Mental Health Nursing 4  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
NUR431 Adult Health Nursing III 7  
NUR494 Research and Theory in Clinical Practice 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
NUR461 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3  

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 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 at least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the conviction.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree major is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. 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.


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