Nursing (NR)

(Effective Fall 2019)

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 5 semesters. Students can select to complete the degree over 6 semesters by completing all the related courses in the first two 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 (BSN). Graduates can complete the BSN 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.

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 - two units of which one is algebra.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students will have earned a GED credential, or High School Diploma and completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including 4 units of English, 3 units of social studies, 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra) and 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent. Students who do not meet these requirements can work with a college advisor to prepare for the major.  Students must meet technical standards established by the School of Health Sciences and the Nursing Program. One criteria required for selection into the nursing major is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS exam). Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam by creating an account at and purchasing the TEAS exam through the ATI Testing online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times each semester. See the ATI Testing online store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.  Applicants with less than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection into the major based upon the high school selection criteria. Please refer to the special admission information for a complete list of selection admission criteria.

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); uniforms, and various smaller items. Refer to the estimated expenses and equipment costs 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

Any deficiencies identified from placement testing must be remediated prior to admission to the Nursing curriculum.

Transfer Procedures

Transfer standards established by the College require a minimum of a “C” 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 fall acceptance, transcripts need to be received by June 1st. Students transferring from other Colleges will have their nursing credits evaluated by Penn College nursing officials after acceptance into the major. Graduates of this major can enroll into Penn College's RN to BSN completion major. 

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:
  • practice professional behaviors when functioning in the nursing role with consumers, interdisciplinary team members, members of the profession, and society-at-large.
  • manage consumer-centered care effectively when providing care to persons of all ages and developmental levels with diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • formulate individualized consumer-centered health teaching.
  • display effective use of the nursing process while providing caring nursing interventions to health care consumers.
  • select appropriate informatics to provide high quality nursing care.
  • display effective modes of communication with consumers, support persons, and interdisciplinary health care team members.
  • use evidence-based practice in the delivery of caring nursing interventions.

Performance Standards

All students in the major are required to maintain a graduation grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in the major. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation as stated in the College catalog. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR, HTH, 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 the NR major. There is no rounding of grades:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
Second Semester Credits
NUR186 Foundations of Nursing 7  
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4  
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3  
Third Semester Credits
BIO201 Microbiology 4  
NUR188 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7  
NUR274 Topics in Nursing 2  
Fourth Semester Credits
NUR214 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5  
NUR270 Childbearing Nursing 3  
NUR271 Nursing Care of Children 3  
NUR287 Essentials of Pharmacology 2  
CMM Communication Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
NUR270 Childbearing Nursing 3  
NUR271 Nursing Care of Children 3  
NUR229 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III 5  
NUR272 Psychosocial Nursing 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  

The sequence presented above for NUR270 and NUR271 may be reversed.

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 Nursing program (all majors) must have PA State Board of Nursing (SBON) approval to offer degrees/certificates in the nursing profession. Program accreditation is voluntary and not required for graduates to be eligible for licensure as a RN. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through fall 2023 accredits all of our Nursing Program degrees. 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


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