Our Nursing Program combines the art and science of nursing to create caring health professionals who demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Classes take place at Central Campus's new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center and combine theory with practical application. You'll gain experience with both in the classroom, clinical environments and at our Simulation and Skills Suite.

Graduates are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). You may also transfer credits to several degree programs including Penn State University's B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.

If you're interested in applying to the Nursing Program, you must meet with an academic advisor. Admission to the program's clinical component is highly competitive and based on student grades and results on the TEAS exam.

Program outcomes
  • Integrate critical thinking when incorporating knowledge from the sciences and humanities in the delivery of nursing to clients;
  • Utilize the nursing process in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan;
  • Implement the roles of the associate degree nurse in a variety of healthcare delivery systems;
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.
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The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and holds full approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing in Harrisburg, PA.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
website: acenursing.org

The Nursing Program is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of Nursing’s Approved List of Professional Nursing Programs with FULL approval status.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Special Admission Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the clinical component of the Nursing Program must present credentials in accordance with the following admission requirements.

About the admission process

The Nursing Program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Courses required by the Nursing Program curriculum are taught throughout the year, with three classes being admitted each academic year (fall, spring and summer).

Program Curriculum

General Education Requirements
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications* 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 206 Human Development - A Life Span Approach 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective*** 3


Major Requirements
BIO 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
BIO 132 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (minimum grade of "C" required) 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
NUR 050 Nursing Role Transition (grade of "Pass" required receive credit for NUR 110; this course does not yield credits toward the degree) 3
NUR 106 Concepts of Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** 3
NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required)** 8
NUR 112 Nursing Care of Clients with Uncomplicated Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required)*** 8
NUR 211 Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 212 Nurse Management of Client Care (minimum grade of "C" required) 8
NUR 213 Professional Issues in Nursing (minimum grade of "C" required) 2
Total Program Credits: 70

* If a student tests out of MAT-106, it is strongly suggested that student takes MAT-131 Introduction to Stat I

** Advanced Standing LPN students take NUR-050 instead of NUR-106

*** Strongly recommended that 6-week summer science courses NOT be taken concurrently with summer clinical nursing courses.

**** THA-105 or THA-114 recommended

In order to maximize the student’s learning there are times when course requirements may necessitate irregular scheduling, adjustments in section assignments, or changes in placement for clinical experience. Students will be informed of any changes as promptly as possible.

Students may repeat two NUR courses. Should a student need to repeat a third NUR course, they will be dismissed from the program. (As per the Nursing Student Handbook a student may request to repeat a third NUR course, permission will be given on an individual basis based on safe clinical performance and recommendation by a faculty committee).