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Program Overview

For individuals who are inspired by helping others, there are few career paths more rewarding than nursing. Nurses are at the front lines of critical medical care, often having the first and most frequent interactions with patients in need. And as healthcare challenges across the country expand, so do employment opportunities for professionals in this field.

A career in nursing opens the door to opportunities in Adult Health, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Psychiatry, and more. Key responsibilities include:

  • Perform physical exams and health histories before making critical decisions
  • Provide health promotion, counseling, and education
  • Administer medications and other personalized interventions
  • Coordinate care in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
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According to the Institute of Medicine, there is a growing expectation in the industry that nurses have at least a bachelor's-level degree. In fact, professional nursing organizations such as American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recognize a bachelor's degree as the minimum education level needed for most nursing careers.

In addition to long-term job security, BS in nursing degree holders can also expect better compensation than their peers. While RNs with a diploma usually learn the basics of clinical care, a BS in nursing teaches you communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills, which are necessary to access higher paying jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree was $89,651, with employment opportunities expected to grow faster than average over the next 10 years.

Nurses with a bachelor's degree can even pursue a master's degree for positions like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner, and nurse educator.
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What makes the King's nursing program different?

Regardless of your nursing experience, King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., offers three pathways to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and boost your career.

For high school students

  • Our 1+2+1 Dual Degrees in Nursing Program is the only one in the region that makes you eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) at the end of the third year. As a result, you can jump start your career by working part-time as an RN during your senior year while taking your remaining courses online.
  • Our partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) ensures you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes.
  • Our program has proven success for our students. In fact, students enrolled in our 1+2+1 program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on NCLEX-RN at the end of their third year.

For registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree

  • Our RN to BS Program allows you to attain bachelor's degree in as little as one year with qualifying prequisites.
  • Nursing courses are 100% online

For students who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree

  • Our one-year Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Hybrid program that allows you to take the NCLEX-RN test and begin working as registered nurses in just one year.
  • This program's hybrid component allows you to work alongside other nursing students and faculty.
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at King's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. For more information, visit the CCNE website here.

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Nursing Program Description

Your success hinges on your ability to think critically and communicate with patients and staff. King's helps you develop these skills through our interdisciplinary approach, which enhances your development with a liberal arts education. Employers value students who not only possess technical skills, but can also write proposals, make presentations, and develop a broader understanding of the changes taking place in health care.

Our nursing degree curriculum also helps students learn the importance of social responsibility and the ability to make informed, ethical decisions. We place a particular focus on helping underserved patients through accessible educational programs, clinical practice, research, and public service.

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Billie Burry, Ph.D., MSN-Ed, R.N.
Nursing Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Hybrid Program

Program Description

Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Hybrid (ABSN-H) program to students who have completed a bachelor's degree in a subject other than in nursing. This rapid-paced program allows graduates to take the NCLEX-RN and begin working as registered nurses in just one year.

This program's hybrid component allows students to work alongside other nursing students and faculty. Our curriculum is carefully crafted to help you understand, apply, and retain the didactic and clinical information you need for success in this field.

In addition, you'll benefit from a hybrid schedule that incorporates both online and on-campus learning opportunities and our state-of-the-art lab. We'll also give you access to community and agency-based clinical experiences, as well as the latest in professional simulation programs.

Admission Criteria

For our nursing program, we maintain high academic standards. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for a science degree and 3.2 for a non-science degree. Applicants who have been enrolled and were unsuccessful in a precious nursing program will not be considered for admission.   

Complete 4 prerequisite science courses and 10 core courses before the program starts. 

Prerequisite Science Courses (16 cr.) 

  • Anatomy & Physiology I + lab (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II + lab (4)
  • Microbiology + lab (4)
  • Chemistry + lab (4)

Prerequisite Core Courses (30 cr.)

  • Normal Nutrition (3) (Instructor to be a Registered Dietitian)
  • Oral Communication (3) 
  • English Literature (3) 
  • English Composition (3) 
  • History (3) 
  • Theology (3)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3) 
  • Developmental Psychology (3) (Across the Lifespan) 
  • Introduction to Sociology (3) 
  • Statistics (3) 

1+2+1 Nursing Program

Program Description

Our Dual Degrees in Nursing Program in partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) offers high school students a seamless and unique route to earning a BS in nursing in just four years.

You will earn their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Nursing at LCCC by the end of your third year, which allows you to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) one year earlier than traditional nursing programs. As a result, you can work as a registered nurse in your fourth year while you complete your remaining nursing courses entirely online, which is an advantage no other program in our region provides!

You will spend most of your first and fourth years at King's completing the general education and upper-level nursing degree requirements. While you'll take King's core courses during your second and third years, you will spend most of this time at laboratory and clinical courses located at the main LCCC Nanticoke campus or its downtown Wilkes-Barre campus, located just steps away from King's.

However, you can participate in King's NCAA sports and live on the King's campus throughout the entirety of the dual degree nursing program!

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for the King's and LCCC nursing 1+2+1 (dual degree nursing program), students must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • C or better Algebra II/Trigonometry level
  • C or better in Chemistry
  • C or better in Biology
  • A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75
  • Endorsement of his/her high school
  • Students must not have been suspended or dismissed for any reason.
  • Candidates must pass the TOEFL exam with a 90% or better if English is not their 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 within the application deadline. If you have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, you do not need to take the TOEFL

To move into year two of the BS dual degree program and begin the LCCC clinical phase, students must:

  • Pass the TEAS exam by December 1st of their first year
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 by the end of their first Fall semester
  • Secure admission to the LCCC program by December 20th
  • Meet the Health Science Admissions Background

1+2+1 nursing program students should verify they've met all criteria by March 15 of their first year. All students admitted to the program who meet the matriculation requirements will be permitted to continue into the LCCC phase of the nursing program.

Transfer students must fill out an Application for Internal Transfer or Change of Major. Students must meet all high school criteria and have a college GPA of 2.75. Admission is competitive and based on available seats.

RN to BS in Nursing Program

Program Requirements

If you are a registered nurse from an accredited associate or diploma degree program with evidence of licensure in Pennsylvania, you are eligible to apply to our RN to BS program at King's College.

The best part is nursing courses will be online, so you can complete the curriculum while still working as a nurse.

You can also get a jump start on your RN to BS degree through transfer and advanced placement. In fact, after registering for your first course with King's, you may qualify for up to 35 advanced placement credits for nursing course work completed in a state-approved, nationally accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program.

After a transcript evaluation has been completed, you will then complete the necessary King's core credits along with 26 credits of course work in the professional nursing major.

Admission Criteria

Applicants are considered on an on-going basis. In addition to successful completion of course work, the following are required for admission:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Official transcripts from previously attended accredited schools, colleges, or universities
  • Evidence of RN licensure
  • Health physical, immunizations, vaccines, urine drug screen, and background checks
  • RN to BS in nursing candidates must pass the TOEFL exam with a 90% or better if English is not their 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 within the application deadline. If you have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Scholarship Opportunities

View a list of all nursing scholarship opportunities here.

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

All applicants must be accepted/enrolled in an accredited nursing school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please see link below for each scholarship's eligibility details and application requirements. Apply here.

Nightingale Awards of PA

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization sponsoring a scholarship program dedicated to supporting Pennsylvania residents who are pursuing a program of basic (LPN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, BSN Completion) or advanced degree in nursing (Masters, Doctoral), and Ph.D. education in a Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing approved program. To apply, you MUST be a resident of Pennsylvania. Apply here.

National Black Nurses Association

The National Black Nurses Association provides scholarships to students at all levels (LPN to Doctorate). You MUST be an NBNA member to apply. Apply here.

National League of Nursing

As the first national organization to fund nursing education research, the NLN is the leader in advancing the science of nursing education — furthering the scholarship of teaching and promoting evidence-based nursing education. A long record of support for rigorous, high-quality study that contributes to academic progression is reflected in the NLN's nursing education research and grants program. Apply here.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

NAHN Scholarships are awarded annually to active NAHN members enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. Scholarship recipients are a select group of nursing students who demonstrate promise of professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students. Apply here.

The Foundation of the National Nurses' Association, Inc.

Open to all currently enrolled nursing students across the country, the Undergraduate Scholarship Program awards scholarship funds based on a set of criteria established by the sponsor of the scholarship. These scholarships typically reflect a specific area of specialization within the nursing profession such as oncology, critical care, or emergency nursing or a certain population of the nursing profession that is often underrepresented. Funding is up to $10,000 per academic year. Apply here.

For the Education Award, you must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited School of Nursing in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree or diploma) OR work Full-Time, Part-Time or Per Diem as a Registered Nurse, LPN, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Leader/Administrator at a U.S. based organization. Apply here.

Registered Nursing

Scholarships and grants are available for nursing students. Apply here.


Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Apply here.

Nurse Corps

Eligible nursing students can apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. If accepted, it will cover your tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In return, you will work at a Critical Shortage Facility when you graduate. Apply here.

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