York College of Pennsylvania nursing student practicing with IVs


Cultivate your spirit for helping those in need through York College’s Nursing major. We challenge our nursing students to improve current methods of practice while working in state-of-the-art labs and learning through hands-on experience.

The Nursing major at York College of Pennsylvania prepares students for an ever-changing field. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s in nursing can begin their careers in a hospital or clinic setting, start their own medical business or take their health care skills to those less fortunate in areas all over the world. You'll have faculty teaching you — no teaching assistants — who will know your name. Nearly all faculty have a terminal degree, too, and our student-to-faculty ratio is 36:1 and 8:1 for clinicals.

York College is proud to offer the latest in technology to help our students tackle every element of the human body. Through labs, simulation exercises and clinical experience, our graduates are ready to enter a challenging career.

Our student learning focuses on evidence-based practice, which challenges nurses to look at the "why" behind existing methods and processes in the search for improvement. Download a transcript of this video.
York College nursing students have an excellent job placement rate.
Our Nursing (B.S.) program requires five semesters of clinical experience, setting you up for success when it's time to find a job.

Your future in Nursing

Our graduates work for the American Red Cross, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical, Memorial Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, York Hospital and other medical facilities. Nursing majors have diverse opportunities such as:
  • Care for infants, children, adults, seniors
  • Specialize in cardiac, pulmonary, neurology, and more, or start a business
  • Work in hospital, clinic, hospice, industry, military, disaster relief, or mission nursing
  • Educate patients, families and communities
  • Teach nursing students, conduct research

Nursing Program Options

You can take either Nursing B.S. track (spring or fall progression); registered nurses can use the R.N. to B.S. program.
  • Nursing B.S. Track 1

    Spring clinical progression

    • Eight semesters – Three general education, five clinical
    • Required to have two lab sciences for two semesters
    • Heavier course load each semester
    • Clinical courses begin Spring of sophomore year
    • Graduate in May (four years)

    Course sequence: Track 1 ‌         

    You will have a choice of two tracks as a York College Nursing B.S. major. The tracks differ in how many courses you take during each semester. Both tracks offer the same courses and clinical experiences in the same order; you must adhere to the course sequence.

    Note: Our Track 1 program is full for Fall 2017; any accepted students depositing will be placed in Track 2. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Nursing B.S. Track 2

    Fall clinical progression

    • Nine semesters – four general education, five clinical
    • Only required to have two lab sciences one semester
    • Carry a more even and manageable distribution of credits each semester
    • Clinical courses begin Fall of junior year
    • Graduate in December (4.5 years)

    Course sequence: Track 2‌   

    You will have a choice of two tracks as a York College Nursing B.S. major. The tracks differ in how many courses you take during each semester. Both tracks offer the same courses and clinical experiences in the same order; you must adhere to the course sequence.

  • R.N. to B.S.

    R.N. to B.S. in Nursing

    • Affordable part-time or full-time program
    • Classes held at York College
    • Up to 51 credits granted for previous nursing knowledge
    • No challenge exams required
    • Up to 75 transfer credits accepted from AD programs or
    • Unlimited credits accepted from baccalaureate programs
    • Credits may be earned through CLEP examinations
    • Academic advising available by email, telephone or in person
  • Nursing Student Handbook

    Nursing Student Handbook

    • Nursing department procedures
    • Academic policies for the Nursing major
    • Information about student uniforms
    • Clinical requirements

    The Student Handbook applies to all baccalaureate nursing students at York College of Pennsylvania. It serves as a guide to established policies and practices of The Stabler Department of Nursing and is used in conjunction with the College Catalog and the College Student Handbook.

Nursing Program Advantages

Strong clinical component
Our nursing program at York College features five semesters of clinical. The clinical experiences gradually increase in time from a half day per week to two full days per week. Clinical courses include fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, obstetric nursing, psychiatric/mental health, community health nursing, acute care nursing, and nursing practicum.
Simulation lab at York College of Pennsylvania's nursing program in Diehl Hall
Simulation lab
Simulation does not replace clinical experience in our curriculum. We offer simulation in addition to clinical experience to help our students practice “thinking on their feet.” Each of our clinical course has several simulation learning activities
York College nursing students studying 2015
Choice of two tracks
You can complete the BS in nursing degree in eight semesters with an average of 16 credits per semester (Track 1) or nine semesters with an average of 14 credits per semester (Track 2). Both tracks have the same amount of clinical time and the same faculty.
Nursing students practicing taking blood pressure measurements at York College's Diehl Hall
Mentors in nursing practicum
During the final semester in NUR450, Nursing Practicum, students work with a nurse mentor in an area of their choice. Student nurses work the nurse mentor's shift and gradually take over care of the patients. By the end of this rotation, students report feeling like a "real nurse"!
York College nursing critical care equipment
Evidence-Based Practice Project
Through the junior and senior years, our students use the evidence-based process. They complete at least two evidence-based practice projects. In each of these, students investigate a significant question from clinical practice. They review evidence related to the question and determine the “best practices” to ensure effective nursing care.
Cardiac Rhythms
In the final semester, you will learn to identify and treat common cardiac rhythm problems. Most nursing schools in PA do not include this in their medical surgical nursing curriculum. We hear from our graduates that they benefit from this knowledge especially if their first position is in a critical care or specialized unit.

Quick facts

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Nursing major FAQ

  • Is the Nursing Major at York College a direct admit program?

    Students who apply, and are accepted to, York College as a Nursing major are admitted directly into nursing. There is not a separate application process for admittance to the clinical portion of the program. 

  • Does the Nursing program accept Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college in high school credits?

    Transfer and AP credits are determined upon a review of an applicant's transcript(s). AP science credits will not be substituted for pre-requisite science courses for nursing majors. 

  • Are scholarships available specifically for Nursing students?

    Students should work with their high school guidance counselors as well as the Financial Aid Office here at York College to determine which scholarship opportunities for which they may be eligible. Once admitted and enrolled in the program, there are scholarship/externship/internship opportunities that may be available. 

  • How many semesters of clinical coursework are included in the program?

    The Nursing program at York College includes five (5) full semesters of clinical coursework. 

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  • Where can I read more about the program?

    Our ‌Student Handbook contains information on academic progression, uniforms, transportation to clinical experiences, and more.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Related Programs

The baccalaureate and master's programs at York College of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Contact Us
Stabler Department of Nursing
Allison Malachosky
Diehl Hall, Room 126
Phone: 717.815.1243
Fax: 717.849.1651
8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Tours of nursing facilities by appointment.

Stabler Department of Nursing Office
Room 126, Diehl Hall
890 Grantley Road
York, PA 17403

Stabler Department of Nursing
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651

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