Nursing (BGN)

(Effective Fall 2012)

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 - three units of which one is algebra.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to this major must meet the admission standards including satisfying the tuition deposit and placement testing requirements. Students must also meet the admission standards and the technical standards established by the School of Health Sciences and the Nursing Program.

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 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 3.0, and a minimum 2.5 cumulative graduation GPA to remain in the major. If a student has completed all the required math and science courses for the major and the math/science GPA is between 2.0 and 2.99, the student will be allowed to progress in the major if the cumulative GPA is above 2.5.
The grading system applied to all nursing courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BGN) major and is as follows (no rounding):
A = 93-100; B = 85-92.99; C = 75-84.99; F = 74.99 and below


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
MNAMath Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3 
BGNDirected Chemistry Elective 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
PSY111General Psychology 3 
Second SemesterCredits
MTR100Medical Terminology Survey 1 
BIO115Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 
PSY203Developmental Psychology 3 
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Third SemesterCredits
NUR203Introduction to Professional Nursing 2 
NUR360The Role of the Health Care Provider Related to Death and Dying 1 
BIO125Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
HTH310Health Issues and Transitions 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fourth SemesterCredits
NUR211Fundamentals of Nursing 8 
NUR212Fundamentals of Nursing Lab 2 
NUR383Advanced Physical Assessment 3 
BIO201Microbiology 4 
Fifth SemesterCredits
NUR303Adult Health Nursing I 8 
NUR352Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies 3 
NUR380Pharmacology in Health Care 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
NUR330Obstetrical Nursing 4 
NUR340Pediatric Nursing 4 
PHL210Ethics 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
NUR327Community Health Nursing 4 
NUR420Mental Health Nursing 4 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
NUR430Adult Health Nursing II 8 
NUR495Research and Theory in Clinical Practice 4 Writing Enriched Requirement
NUR461Leadership 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.