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 classes and clinical experiences to enable the graduates to function at a generalist level. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for Registered Nursing.

Career Opportunities

The degree can lead to clinical and administrative positions in the traditional field of nursing, as well as opportunities in nontraditional settings which include but are not limited to: home health nursing, public health nursing, nursing education, the armed services, and health care case management. In most cases, nursing within the federal government requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program.

Recommended High School Subjects

It is recommended that the applicants complete the following while in high school: English - four units, minimum one in composition, one in literature; foreign language or social studies - five units of any combination; science - three units in any combination of biology, lab-based chemistry, physics, and/or anatomy and physiology-type sciences; mathematics - three units including algebra.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to this major will meet the admission standards as described in the College Catalog. 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 in this major are expected to purchase a dual head stethoscope; a custom nursing kit (must be purchased at the College Bookstore); uniform, white lab coat, white shoes, student nurse patch; and various smaller items. 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

Internet Connection Speed:
A high speed internet connection is highly recommended in order to avoid problems with course content loading on your computer in a timely mnner. 

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 will not be eligible for acceptance into the program with any developmental deficiencies (e.g., English, math, or reading).

Transfer Procedures

  • This major will follow the transfer standards established by the College which requires a minimum of a "C" grade in transfer courses. 
  • Applicants with 15 or fewer completed college credits must meet minimum required high school admissions criteria noted above. 
  • Applicants with greater than 15 tranfser credits will be evaluated on the following:
    • All applicants regardless of the number of transfer credits must have completed a minimum of one (1) chemistry course with a lab or one (1) anatomy and physiology course with a lab, and one college level math course with a grad of "B" or higher. 
  • Priority for admission will be given to applicants who have earned a 3.0 or higher math/science grade calculation and a 3.0 or higher graduation grade point average.   

    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 Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • engage as a generalist, synthesizing knowledge from nursing, liberal arts, and sciences to provide consumer-centered care that is evidence-based, theory-guided, holistic and culturally competent (Consumer-centered Care & Evidenced-based Practice).
  • facilitate the teaching-learning process to promote health and prevent disease in populations across the lifespan (Teaching and Learning).
  • use therapeutic communication to partner with and advocate for the health care needs of clients of all ages, families, and communities in a variety of health care settings (Communication).
  • utilize informatics to analyze research findings and identify research problems related to the nursing care of diverse consumers (Informatics).
  • apply leadership and management skills in developing collaborative, professional relationships with multidisciplinary health care providers to improve the delivery of health care (Professional Behaviors).
  • establish ethical, political, and legal accountability and take responsibility for one's own practice, professional growth, life-long learning, and the development of the profession in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding (Professional Behaviors).
  • direct and facilitate the use of the nursing process to optimize patient outcomes throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health care environments (Nursing Process).

Performance Standards

All students in the major are required to maintain a graduation grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to remain in the nursing program. In addition, all students must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, HTH, BIO, and CHM courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.


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 fieldwork and/or capstones. 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 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's degree in Nursing is fully 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.