THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING: YOUR PATH TO AN EXCEPTIONAL FUTURE
King’s College is excited to offer the RN to Bachelor of Science Degree. According to the Institute of Medicine, the expectation within the health care industry is for nurses to have at least a bachelor’s-level degree by the year 2020. At the national level, professional nursing organizations, as well as private foundations involved in health care workforce issues, support the BS in nursing as the appropriate level of education for nurses.
BENEFITS OF NURSING AT KING'S
Nursing at King's consists of foundational level and advanced nursing courses, and nursing students are expected to meet core educational requirements as well as nursing-specific requirements to qualify for the baccalaureate degree.
At King’s you’ll gain experience in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes and have the opportunity to analyze a wide range of issues in professional nursing practice and health care.
King's takes an interdisciplinary approach to nursing, allowing you to acquire the transferable skills of liberal learning that are the foundation of a King's College education. You’ll learn to think critically beyond the requirements of a nursing degree. You’ll also learn the importance of social responsibility and ethical behavior and how to make informed, responsible decisions.
Registered nurses of accredited associate degree and diploma degree programs of Nursing with evidence of licensure in Pennsylvania allows a student to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at King’s. This program is consistent with trends in nursing and the recommendations of the IOM report of increasing the BSN workforce from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020 (IOM, 2011).
The BS in Nursing degree requires a minimum of 120 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 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 26 credits of course work in the professional nursing major.) (See Academic Planner here.)
Second degree baccalaureate students will need to take an additional 26 BS level nursing credits and 4 credits of any electives at King's to meet the minimum of 30 credits of residency and the 120 credits required for the BS in Nursing.
The program began admitting students on a part-time basis fall 2018 and is taught in a hybrid format. Information on tuition and fees can be found here.
Applicants are considered on an on-going basis. In addition to successful completion of course work the following are required for admission:
- Competency in English by passing the TOEFL exam with a 90% or better if English is not the native language. The passing score on the TOEFL will vary depending on the type of exam you take (internet based, computer based, or paper and pencil). TOEFL scores must be submitted with application deadline. If you have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, you do not need to take the TOEFL.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
- Official transcripts from previously attended accredited schools, colleges or universities
- Evidence of RN licensure or eligibility to take the RN licensure exam
- Health examination and Clinical Education requirements during clinical course
- Proof of immunizations
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for RN students, articulation status and the awarding of advanced placement credits is determined by the following:
- a. Graduates from accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing programs within three years of the application date are eligible for direct articulation and will be awarded 35 advanced placement credits for their prior nursing course work.
- b. Graduates from accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing programs within four to ten years of the application date must provide official written documentation of completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours or more clinical practice during the three years prior to the application date to be eligible for direct articulation and the awarding of 35 advanced placement credits for their prior nursing course work.
- c. Applicants who have graduated more than ten years prior to the application date must provide a resume detailing clinical experience, along with official written documentation of completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours or more clinical practice during the three years prior to the application date. These candidates may be required to complete a full portfolio or validation testing prior to being eligible for articulation and the awarding of 35 advanced placement credits prior to nursing course work.
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