College Catalog

Nursing (NR)

(Effective Fall 2012)

This 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 registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). With work experience and continuing education, the graduate may develop the ability to assume responsibility for administering or directing the health care of a group of patients/clients. This curriculum provides the foundation for a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Advanced placement is available for qualified licensed practical nurses. Upon completion of additional required related courses, the licensed practical nurse may complete requirements for an associate's degree in nursing within two or three semesters. Advanced placement is not guaranteed. Students interested in this option must meet with the director of nursing the semester prior to planned enrollment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find jobs in hospitals, 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

Prepare extensively in oral and written communication skills; take math every year, including Algebra II; science every year, including one year of chemistry (with lab and grade of 'C' or better) and one year of human anatomy and physiology; social studies every year, psychology recommended; score at least proficient on the State PSSA assessment in Writing, Mathematics, and Reading.

Special Admissions Requirements

Acceptance into this competitive major is based on an admissions ranking process. To view detailed information on acceptance criteria, testing requirements, performance expectations, and the admissions ranking system, consult the special admissions information. Applicants not having a 'C' or better in high school chemistry with a lab (within the past 10 years) must pass either CHM 100, CHM 108, or an adult education chemistry course at an approved high school prior to admission.

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 the estimated expenses and equipment costs list.

Remediation Strategies

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

Transfer Procedures

Graduates of this major can transfer to Penn College's BSN major. This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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

Students enrolled in the major must earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in each of their nursing courses and in BIO 115 and BIO 125. Failure to do so will result in termination from the major.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
NUR182Foundations of Nursing 8 
BIO115Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 
PSY111General Psychology 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
NUR183Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 8 
BIO125Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 
MNAMath Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3 
PSY203Developmental Psychology 3 
Summer SessionCredits
CMMCommunication Elective 3 
Third SemesterCredits
NUR214Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5 
NUR270Childbearing Nursing 3 
NUR286Essentials of Pharmacology 1 
NUR273Topics In Nursing 2 
BIO201Microbiology 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fourth SemesterCredits
NUR229Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III 5 
NUR271Nursing Care of Children 3 
NUR272Psychosocial Nursing 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 3 

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 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 associate 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.

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