(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.
The degree can lead to careers in the hospital acute care setting, administrative positions, nursing education, the armed services, and 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, 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 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); nursing uniform and various smaller items. Refer to equipment and estimated cost list.
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)
All students entering the major without prior college-level English and mathematical classes will be tested for deficiencies, and will be required to remediate the deficiencies prior to acceptance. Any ready deficiency also must be remediated prior to acceptance.
- 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.
- Applicants with 15 or fewer completed college credits must meet minimum required high school admissions criteria noted above.
- All applicants regardless of the number of transfer credits must have completed a minimum of BIO 115 (or equivalent) and a college level math course earning a “B” or higher for both. If the BIO 115 requirement is not satisfied, a college level chemistry course (with a lab) (that satisfies CHM 100, CHM 108, or CHM 111) in which a “B” or higher is earned, will be considered.
- 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.
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).
All students in the major are required to maintain a graduation grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a math science GPA of 3.0 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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|MNA||Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher)||3|
|BGN||Directed Chemistry Elective||4|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3|
|MTR100||Medical Terminology Survey||1|
|BIO115||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|SOC111||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|NUR203||Introduction to Professional Nursing||2|
|NUR360||The Role of the Health Care Provider Related to Death and Dying||1|
|BIO125||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|SPC101||Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|HTH310||Health Issues and Transitions||3|| Writing Enriched Requirement &|
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|NUR211||Fundamentals of Nursing||8|
|NUR212||Fundamentals of Nursing Lab||2|
|NUR383||Advanced Physical Assessment||3|
|NUR303||Adult Health Nursing I||8|
|NUR352||Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies||3|
|NUR380||Pharmacology in Health Care||3|
|OEA||Open Elective / Associate||3|
|NUR327||Community Health Nursing||4|
|NUR420||Mental Health Nursing||4|
|MTH160||Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications||4|
|OEA||Open Elective / Associate||3|
|NUR430||Adult Health Nursing II||8|
|NUR495||Research and Theory in Clinical Practice||4||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.