(Effective Fall 2018)

This unique completion major is specifically designed for the registered nurse (RN) who wishes to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree, on a full- or part-time basis, for professional development, advancement, or job mobility. Designed for the working RN, the curriculum builds on the knowledge and skills possessed by RNs who have graduated from diploma- and associate-degree nursing programs. Offered in an accelerated online format, this major allows the RN to satisfy the bachelor-degree requirements within 12-18 months, depending on transfer credits and seat availability.

The B.S.N. degree prepares licensed RNs to contribute to the provision of quality nursing care in a rapidly changing health care environment. This major enables nurses to build upon their knowledge base and assume positions with increased responsibility in a variety of health care settings, from promoting health and facilitating adaptation to increasingly complex health care problems/needs. The curriculum offers a required core of nursing and general education courses with elective course options based on student educational and career goals.

Career Opportunities

The 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 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.

Special Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited associate's degree and/or diploma nursing program.
  • Copy of current, valid RN license in any state with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania submitted to the Admissions Office.

Special Equipment Needs

This is an on-line major. Therefore, students must have access to a reliable computer and internet. 

Technical Requirements

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)
Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)

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

Remediation Strategies

All transfer students entering this major without prior college-level English and math classes will be tested for deficiencies, and will be required to remediate the deficiencies prior to acceptance. Any reading deficiency also must be remediated prior to acceptance.

Transfer Procedures

All student transcripts will be evaluated by Admissions. All general education/liberal arts courses that meet core College requirements for baccalaureate degrees will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. The transfer of nursing credits is evaluated on an individual basis according to the program's policy. Students must have a minimum grade of 'C' (2.0) in courses transferred into the major. All Pennsylvania College of Technology associate-degree requirements will apply toward the bachelor-degree requirements. A block of 38 nursing credits will be transferred from an accredited associate-degree or diploma nursing curricula. Students must complete 36 credits at Pennsylvania College of Technology for coursework prescribed in the final four semester of a student's profile including required summer courses within of following the final four semesters. 

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 the School of Nursing & Health Science 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 that is theory guided, research-based, and individualized to the needs of the consumer. (Evidence-Based Practice)

Performance Standards

All students in this major are required to maintain a cumulative (GPA) of 2.0 or greater to remain in the nursing major. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR, BIO, and CHM courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

The following grading system 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


Pre. Program Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR304 Credentials Proven by License 38 38 S REQ
First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3   S MNA
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3   S COR
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3 3 S REQ
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ETH Ethics Elective 3   S ETH
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3 3 S REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR001 Orientation for the BSN student 1 M REQ
NUR311 The Philosophy of Professional Nursing 3 3 M REQ
NUR353 Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies 2 2 M REQ
NUR Directed Nursing Elective 1   M NUR
NUR315 Nursing in an Aging Society 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
NUR329 Community Health Nursing for the Practicing RN 4 Cultural Diversity Requirement 4 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR414 Evaluating Professional Nursing Practice 3 3 M REQ
NUR494 Research and Theory in Clinical Practice 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
NUR250 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 3 M REQ
NUR Directed Nursing Elective 3   M NUR
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR466 Leadership and Management for the Practicing RN 3 3 M REQ
NUR Directed Nursing Elective 3   M NUR
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
OEA Open Elective 6   S OEA
ART Art Elective 3   S ART

Notice of Conviction

Child abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in clinical practice experiences. 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 a 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 State 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 a 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). 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.