(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. Students can select to complete the degree over six 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 (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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students will need to meet Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PA SBON) requirement for nursing programs. These requirements include standard high school coursework 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)
  • 2 units of Science with a related laboratory or the equivalent

Special Admissions Requirements

Students who do not meet the recommended high school subjects can work with a college advisor to prepare for the major. 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 www.atitesting.com 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 selective 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 Store), uniforms, malpractice insurance, medical insurance, clearances, certifications, and various smaller items. Refer to the estimated expenses and equipment costs for a complete list. 

Laptop Computer Required (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended)

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 5 or higher) processor (recommended)
  • 4+ GB RAM (recommended) 
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended)
  • Webcam and microphone required
  • Internet Connection (cable or DSL highly recommended)
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help 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, English, and reading prior to being considered for selection into the major.

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 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; (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-Bases Practice)

Performance Standards

All students offered a 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 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 Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3   S MNA
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 3 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR186 Foundations of Nursing 7 4 3 M REQ
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 3 3 S REQ
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO201 Microbiology 4 3 3 S REQ
NUR188 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7 4 M REQ
NUR287 Essentials of Pharmacology 2 2 M REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR214 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5 3 M REQ
NUR270 Childbearing Nursing 3 2 M REQ
NUR271 Nursing Care of Children 3 2 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
NUR229 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing III 5 3 M REQ
NUR272 Psychosocial Nursing 3 2 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
NUR274 Topics in Nursing 2 2 M REQ

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.


The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree 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.