Effective Fall 2020

Nursing education is a process through which the student has the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment in order to provide safe nursing care as a professional nurse. Under the guidance of college faculty, students gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages. Classroom instruction and simulation lab experiences in theory and basic nursing skills are provided on campus. Clinical experiences are obtained at area hospitals, nursing homes, and various health care providers. This curriculum is designed to be completed within five semesters. The curriculum prepares graduates to assume beginning staff nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health related institutions. Upon successful completion of the major, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). This curriculum provides the foundation for a baccalaureate degree in nursing (B.S.N.). Graduates can complete the B.S.N. degree through the online RN to BSN major.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find jobs in hospital acute care settings, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health related facilities, private duty nursing agencies, and within the office practice of physicians, surgeons, and dentists.

Special Admissions Requirements

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

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 Store), uniforms, malpractice insurance, medical insurance, clearances, certifications, and various smaller items. Refer to the estimated expenses and equipment costs for a complete list. 

Computer Required  

  • Windows 10 or higher, macOS 11 or higher (recommended).
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 10 or higher) processor (recommended).
  • 8+ GB RAM (recommended).
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended).
  • Laptop must include a webcam and microphone (required).
  • Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
  • Broadband Internet connection when working off campus (required).
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Service Desk available for assistance).
  • Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are 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 prior to being considered for selection into the major. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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 international students applying to Health Sciences majors for additional information.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice professional behaviors when functioning in the nursing role with consumers, interdisciplinary team members, members of the profession, and society-at-large. (Professional Behavior)
  • manage consumer-centered care effectively when providing care to persons of all ages and developmental levels with diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. (Consumer-Centered Care)
  • formulate individualized consumer-centered health teaching. (Teaching and Learning)
  • display effective use of the nursing process while providing caring nursing interventions to health care consumers. (Nursing Process)
  • select appropriate informatics to provide high quality nursing care. (Informatics)
  • display effective modes of communication with consumers, support persons, and interdisciplinary health care team members. (Communication) 
  • use evidence-based practice in the delivery of caring nursing interventions. (Evidence-Based Practice)

Performance Standards

All students offered a reserved seat in this major are required to maintain a math/science grade calculation of 2.75 or greater and a cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 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 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

Curriculum

First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
MNAMath Elective (MTH123 or Higher) 3 SMNA
BIO115Human Anatomy & Physiology I 43 3 SREQ
PSY111General Psychology 33 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR186Foundations of Nursing 74 3 MREQ
BIO125Human Anatomy & Physiology II 43 3 SREQ
PSY203Developmental Psychology 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO201Microbiology 43 3 SREQ
NUR188Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 74 MREQ
NUR287Essentials of Pharmacology 22 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR214Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 53 MREQ
NUR270Childbearing Nursing 32 MREQ
NUR271Nursing Care of Children 32 MREQ
FITFitness & Wellness Elective 1 SFIT
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR229Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III 53 MREQ
NUR272Psychosocial Nursing 32 MREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
or
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
or
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
NUR274Topics in Nursing 22 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 13

Notice of Conviction

Child abuse clearances 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 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 at least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the conviction.

Penn College complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Pursuant to this Act, all forms of marijuana, including medical marijuana, are classified as prohibited controlled substances. Additionally, alcohol, illegal drugs, and legal drugs obtained without a prescription, or which may impair a student’s ability to perform his/her educational responsibilities are strictly prohibited. Students are subject to drug screening at various phases of the program. Please note that a positive drug screening for marijuana will be deemed a positive test and will result in a student being dismissed from the program, even if the student has been lawfully certified to use medical marijuana and/or possesses a valid medical marijuana identification card issued in accordance with applicable state law.

Accreditation

The associate nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Technology located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the:  

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000 

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is continuing accreditation. 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm