Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


Bloomsburg University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is awarded to students who complete the requirements for the degree. Degree recipients (non-R.N.) are then eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. All students must assume responsibility for their own travel to both inpatient and outpatient/community clinical agencies at the beginning of the sophomore year. Travel may vary from one mile to approximately 40 miles, depending on the nature of clinical experiences. Student may have to travel to off-site locations for nursing classes.

As the realm of modern health care becomes increasingly complex, this rigorous and demanding program requires potential students to have exceptional leadership and time management skills, self-assurance and critical thinking.

Other factors suggesting potential for success at BU include a strong background in the sciences and algebra as well as very high reading comprehension skills and a strong work ethic. Students enjoy high success on the NCLEX examination, a strong placement rate and continuation of graduate studies after initial work experiences.

BU also offers a MSN program with a wide range of options for nursing professionals. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the nurse anesthesia graduate option is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

All nursing majors take courses in psychology, anatomy and physicology, microbiology, introductory and physiological chemistry and choose from sociology, or cultural anthropology.

Professional courses for generic students include professional nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, foundations of nursing practice, health assessment, pathophysiology for nursing practice, nursing research, family nursing, adult health, maternal and child health nursing, public health nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and nursing management and leadership.

Students work with their adviser to complete their B.S.N. curriculum with elective courses that support individual interests and career goals.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing program at Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Department of Nursing
3109 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-5008
BSN Handbook


Generic Students

"Generic" is a term used by accrediting agencies and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to designate students who are currently not registered nurses. Four types of candidates fall into the generic category: freshman candidates, external transfer candidates, internal transfer candidates and second degree candidates.

Admission Guidelines

BU’s admission guidelines are designed to admit students with the potential to excel in the profession of nursing. Nursing majors must have achieved the following:

  • 18 academic units from secondary school
  • These must include a minimum of 4 units of English, 2 units of mathematics (one unit of which is algebra) and 2 units of science with related laboratory or the equivalent, plus 7 academic units taken in grades 9 through 12
  • A grade point average of B or higher in high school
  • Minimum grade of B or higher in high school chemistry
  • SATs of 1110, or equivalency of 1180 on the new SAT, or ACT of 24 or higher
  • Upper 25% high school class rank

Program Goals

Assist students to:

  • attain the competencies required of the generalist practitioner, including application of relevant knowledge, skills, values and other professional behaviors designed to help the person attain an optimal level of functioning.
  • collaborate with others to promote health in a diverse and multicultural society.
  • value and engage in activities designed to enhance personal growth and promote professional role development.

RN-BSN Program

Bloomsburg University's Department of Nursing is a nationally recognized leader in nursing education and has a strong history of academic excellence, as well as the reputation of facilitating the adult learner to achieve their professional goals, making the online RN-BSN program a perfect fit for those Registered Nurses seeking to continue their education toward the BSN. The progressive, challenging curriculum of the RN-BSN program provides vital knowledge and skills for the development of competence in the multifaceted roles of the professional nurse.

Out-of-state licensure and certification

Important note regarding out-of-state licensure/certification: Professional licensure laws and regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you are planning to pursue a professional credential in a state other than Pennsylvania, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program. A Bloomsburg University program that leads to state licensure or certification in Pennsylvania may not meet requirements in another state. Visit the state authorization page and NCSBN website for more information.