Central Penn College - Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing (RN to BSN) is an online program designed to meet the educational needs of the Registered Nurse (RN). All courses are 100% online and practice experiences to support advanced professional development are completed in the student’s local area, if available. The program enables graduates to achieve added nursing expertise and credentials to support opportunities for professional career advancement. The BSN degree provides a base for nurses to assume professional nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings and to meet requirements for enrollment in advanced practice and specialty graduate nursing education programs.

Program Objectives

  • Analyze principles, models and research studies from nursing and related disciplines to support evidence-based practice (EBP) decisions, patient care safety and quality improvement in clinical practice.
  • Incorporate the use of appropriate patient care technology to facilitate management and provision of interdisciplinary care.
  • Collaborate effectively with nursing colleagues, other disciplines, patients and families to create safe and culturally competent healthcare outcomes. 
  • Apply the nursing process to address health promotion and complex care issues of diverse populations across the life span in a variety of healthcare environments.
  • Evaluate current issues and trends in healthcare policies and participate in actions that advance the nursing profession and individual professional development.
  • Share and assume responsibility for leadership in monitoring and ensuring high quality care as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical and legal accountability in the provision and delegation of nursing care.

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For more information contact:

Amanda Paull

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN license validation in state of residence and state where student expects to complete courses that involve practice experiences. Fifteen credits applicable to General Education requirements are granted on admission for validation of RN Licensure.

  • Graduation from an ACEN approved associate degree or diploma in nursing program with grade point average of 2.5 (C) or better (confirmed by transcript review)

  • Submission of Central Penn College application and official transcripts of previous college education for transfer credit evaluation. There is no fee for submission of the application and review of transcripts for transfer credit. 

  • Essay: Submit a written paper that addresses your professional experience (past work and education experience) and your goals for completing the BSN degree

  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) professional/academic references (former educator, professional colleague or supervisor at place of employment). 

  • Send all application materials to the Central Penn College Admissions Department, 

  • For more information contact Admissions Counselor, Amanda Paull at 717-728-2341 or amandapaull@centralpenn.edu

Professional Portfolio Requirements

All items in the portfolio need to be submitted to complete the admission process. Completion of the portfolio requires receipt of the following:

  • Validation of current unencumbered RN License 
  • Proof of current Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance -$1 million/$3 million minimum 
  • Documentation of current Basic Life Support Certification for Health Care Providers
  • Essay: Submit a written paper that addresses your professional experience (past work and education experience) and your goals for completing the BSN degree
  • Professional Continuing Education Records: Copy of the record of CE used to validate renewal of RN License 
  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) professional/academic references (former educator or supervisor at place of employment). Your request for letters should include provision of a stamped envelope for submission of the reference addressed to: Central Penn College Admissions Department, 600 Valley road, P.O. Box 309, Summerdale, PA 17093
  • *For more information contact Amanda Paull at 717-728-2341 or amandapaull@centralpenn.edu 


College Accreditation

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN) program was affirmed to be within the scope of Central Penn College’s MSCHE accreditation on September 21, 2016.

College and Program Approvals

Central Penn College is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education to award the Master of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Science degree, the Associate in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree. The Department of Education granted approval for Central Penn College to offer the Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing (RN to BSN) August, 10, 2015.

Capstone Experience

A capstone project is accomplished as part of the practice experience in the last course in the nursing program. Students select an area of concern in nursing that is of interest to them. Working collaboratively with a faculty mentor and/or preceptor, the student will design an evidence-based analysis, proposed intervention and quality improvement/evaluation plan for some aspect of the selected problem. The project is expected to provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply selected knowledge, skills and experiences for validation of their ability to utilize reliable sources/evidence for continuous improvement in quality of care.

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