King’s College is excited to offer both the RN to Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing Program AND the Dual Degrees in Nursing (DDN) through a unique partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).
RN to BS in Nursing Program
Graduates of associate degree and diploma degree programs of Nursing and evidence of licensure in Pennsylvania allows a student to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at King’s. The BS in Nursing degree requires a minimum of 122 credits and includes 3 graduate credits that may be applied to a Master of Science Degree Program in Nursing. This program can be completed on a part-time basis and full time with a cohort admission. Students will take upper level nursing courses with a focus on leadership and community health. The curriculum is consistent with the standards of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Credits are earned through transfer and advanced placement. A total of 35 advanced placement credits for course work completed in a state-approved, nationally accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing program are awarded after registration of the first course. After a transcript evaluation has been completed, the student completes the necessary individually determined King’s core credits along with 25 credits of course work in the professional nursing major.
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1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing
This new King’s/LCCC Dual Degrees in Nursing (DDN) offers students a seamless route to earning the BS in nursing degree in just four years. The program is tailored to the traditional-aged first-year college students seeking a four-year degree in nursing. Both King’s and LCCC are well regarded by students interested in careers in the health science fields. In fact, a branding study commissioned by the College in 2014 found that King’s enjoys an outstanding reputation among prospective students as a great school for allied health programs. The offering of the Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing adds an important new dimension to the College’s allied health portfolio, providing yet another avenue for students interested in careers in health care.
The 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing is based on students doing course work on both campuses. The pathway offers a unique dual-degree program that allows students to receive two degrees, an AS and a BS in nursing, in four years. Students will spend the first and fourth years at King’s completing the general education and upper level nursing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree; the middle two years will be devoted to nursing studies at LCCC, at either the main Nanticoke campus or LCCC’s downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, located just steps away from King’s College. These courses will include their laboratory courses and clinical studies. Additional core courses will be taken at King’s during years two and three. Nursing students may participate in King’s NCAA sports and live on the King’s campus throughout the entirety of the program.
At the end of the third year, students will take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). During the final year, students articulate as full-time students into the King's RN-to-BS in Nursing program to complete BS-level nursing courses and any outstanding core courses. (The total number of credits required is 128.)
(See Academic Planner here.)
The NCLEX Advantage
The King’s/LCCC Dual Degrees in Nursing makes it possible for you to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) before your senior year, an advantage no other nursing baccalaureate program in the region offers. By taking the NCLEX in your third year, you’ll be able to work part-time as an RN during your senior year, giving you a chance to jump-start your nursing career and gain valuable practical experience while you complete your BS in nursing.
Benefits of Nursing at King's
Nursing at King's consists of foundational level (general education and required pre-professional courses) and advanced nursing courses. Nursing Program students must meet general core educational requirements in addition to nursing-specific requirements to qualify for the baccalaureate degree.
The program provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and health care. Students are also introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, including the research process and clinical judgment in nursing. Students will understand and respect variations in care and increased complexity across continuum of care.
Success in every career hinges on one's ability to think critically, be an effective communicator, have quantitative and technical competencies, and make ethical and moral decisions. King's takes an interdisciplinary approach to nursing, exposing students to the transferable skills of liberal learning that are the foundation of a King's College education. The knowledge, skills and dispositions students acquire by virtue of King's core curriculum enhance their ability to be successful contributors within their chosen health care fields. Employers value the liberal arts/nursing combination, since students possess not only technical skills, but also the ability to write proposals, make presentations, and have a broader understanding of medical practice and the role of health care in our changing society. Nursing students at King's develop the ability to think critically beyond the requirements of a nursing degree. They also learn the importance of social responsibility and ethical behavior and develop the ability to make informed, responsible decisions.
- Incorporate science and theoretical knowledge from the liberal arts and basic sciences to promote health, disease prevention and illness/disease management for the welfare of others.
- Utilize an evidence-based approach in the delivery of health care and evaluation of healthcare policies to a diverse community within the global society.
- Use critical thinking skills, nursing process and collaboration with other disciplines to design, provide, manage, and coordinate quality nursing care.
- Participate with patients and interdisciplinary team members to improve quality patient care and culturally competent healthcare across the lifespan.
- Incorporate knowledge of leadership management principles in professional role development.
- Provide safe nursing care to patients in a variety of healthcare environments by demonstrating respect for patient rights, professionalism, and ethical decision-making.
- Demonstrate information literacy and utilization of healthcare technologies used to support the delivery of competent healthcare outcomes.