Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.): Registered Nurse Option

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Nancy L. Rothman, Ed.D., M.S.N., M.Ed., Chair
515 Jones Hall

Joelle Hargraves, D.N.P, M.S.N., Undergraduate Program Director
523 Jones Hall

Note: The BSN-RN program is currently not accepting students. Please contact the Department of Nursing to inquire about the future status of the program.


The program is approved by the State Board of Nursing, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE can be reached at One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 503, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 overall and in the major. The minimum passing grade in all required nursing major courses is 73% (C); this includes all courses listed under Department of Nursing Requirements and Nursing Major Requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Registered Nurse Option

RN students follow the same curricular path as pre-licensure BSN students. Registered nurses apply directly to the BSN Program. RN applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. successful completion of an NLN-AC accredited nursing program with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher;
  2. submission of a completed Undergraduate Application for Transfer Students;
  3. submission of application fee;
  4. submission of all college transcripts and school of nursing transcript; and
  5. current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse.

Once accepted into the BSN program, RN students are awarded thirty-one (31) nursing credits on the basis of completion of their original nursing program, and any additional transfer credits as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Registered nurses accepted into the program are required to complete thirty (30) nursing credits within the BSN curriculum, the University's General Education requirements, and all required Nursing prerequisite courses. 

Clinical/Fieldwork Agency Compliance

Please note the nursing program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These clinical placements require criminal background checks, including Pennsylvania state criminal background check, Pennsylvania state child abuse clearance, FBI fingerprinting clearance and drug screen. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student, thus resulting in her/his inability to meet admission/graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent the individual from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice nursing. Please see for more information about licensure.

Students also need a physical examination, proof of required immunizations, annual influenza vaccination, Quantiferon testing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, and personal health insurance. Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements will not be permitted to attend clinical and may be dismissed from the nursing program. Additionally, all nursing students are required to pay a standard fee, along with tuition, each semester in order to be covered under the Temple University Accident Plan. If you sustain an injury as a result of a required clinical activity, your expenses related to that injury are covered by this policy (see the policy in detail since there may be some limitations). To examine the details of this policy and the procedure, go to

Required Nursing Courses for the RN Option

Term 1
NURS 2144Health Assessment3
NURS 4296Genetics and Genomics 13
Term 2
NURS 1089Nursing and Healthy Lifestyles Management3
NURS 3204Perspectives on Health I: Thinking Globally3
Term 3
Select one of the following based on student preference, with faculty advisement:6
Generalist Nursing Practice II: Primary & Secondary Care of the Family
Generalist Nursing Practice III: Secondary Care Across the Lifespan
Generalist Nursing Practice IV: Tertiary Care Across the Lifespan
Term 4
NURS 3389Perspectives on Health II: Acting Locally3
NURS 3305Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research: Analysis and Critical Appraisal 23
Term 5
NURS 4198Health Policy and Economics 13
NURS 4489Senior Seminar: Evidence Based Practice Fieldwork Experience 33
Total Credit Hours30