(Effective Fall 2020)

The 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 for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) 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 B.S.N. 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 B.S.N. prepared graduates or require completion of a B.S.N. degree upon hire.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students will need to meet Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PA SBON) requirement for nursing programs. These requirements include standard high school coursework 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)
  • 2 units of Science with a related laboratory or the equivalent

Special Admissions Requirements

Students who do not meet the recommended high school subjects can work with a college advisor to prepare for the major. 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 www.atitesting.com 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 selective admission criteria.

Special Equipment Needs

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

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)
  • 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 is prohibited
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. P.L.A.T.O. is fully supported by Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari browsers.

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 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 spring must submit official transcripts by December 1st and Fall acceptance 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 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; and (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 offered a seat in this major are required to maintain a math/science grade calculation of 3.0 or greater and a cumulative graduation GPA of 3.0 or greater prior to entering the first nursing course. If a student does not maintain the required grade calculations, the student will relinquish his/her 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, 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 this 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 Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3   S MNA
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 3 3 S REQ
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 3 S REQ
NUR205 Perspectives on Aging 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
NUR204 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR232 Fundamentals of Nursing 6 3 3 M REQ
NUR288 Health Assessment 3 3 M REQ
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 3 3 S REQ
CHM108 Chemistry Survey 4 3 3 S REQ
CHM111 General Chemistry I 4 3 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3 3 S REQ
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3 3 S REQ
NUR250 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 3 M REQ
NUR353 Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies 2 2 M REQ
NUR306 Adult Health Nursing I 6 3 3 M REQ
NUR233 Pharmacology in Healthcare I 1 1 M REQ
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO201 Microbiology 4 3 3 S REQ
NUR330 Obstetrical Nursing 4 2 M REQ
NUR340 Pediatric Nursing 4 2 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR320 Adult Health Nursing II 7 3 M REQ
NUR362 Pharmacology in Healthcare II 2 2 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR328 Community Health Nursing 4 Cultural Diversity Requirement 2 M REQ
NUR420 Mental Health Nursing 4 2 M REQ
MTH159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR431 Adult Health Nursing III 7 3 M REQ
NUR494 Research and Theory in Clinical Practice 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
NUR461 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3 3 M REQ

Notice of Conviction

Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required for this major as established by clinical affiliation agreements. 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 students to be at clinical sites, 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 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 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.