The Donald and Dorothy Stabler Nursing Program offers a baccalaureate degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) exam at the end of the program. Nursing students at York College participate in a rigorous and relevant program of study in the sciences and nursing, as well as, general education courses in the arts, humanities, foreign culture, and the behavioral and social sciences. An online RN-BSN program is available for registered nurses.
The Baccalaureate Program in Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Nursing major is a highly structured and academically intensive program. It requires motivation, investment of time, and a strong commitment to learning. Desirable professional qualities include aptitude, creativity, self-direction, self-discipline, discretion, integrity, tolerance, flexibility, optimistic outlook, and evidence of good physical and mental health.
For detailed information regarding entrance and progression requirements for the Nursing major, please see the Nursing Department page of the college website, as well as, the Nursing Student Handbook, or contact the department office directly. Published annually, the Nursing Student Handbook is for all baccalaureate-nursing students at York College of Pennsylvania. The handbook serves as a guide to established policies and practices of The Stabler Department of Nursing, in conjunction with, the College Catalog and the College student Handbook. Nursing students are required to be aware of, and accept responsibility for, the information and policies contained therein. It is important to note that in order to progress to, and continue in clinical coursework; students must achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a cumulative GPA of 2.8, in their five pre-requisite science courses. Course failures (final grade of less than 2.0) could delay clinical progression and may result in dismissal from the program.
The Mission of The Stabler Department of Nursing:
- We are committed to providing high-quality baccalaureate degree academic programs that build on a foundation of general education. The general education is used to facilitate the development of a broadly educated citizen, to support the nursing major and is integrated throughout the program.
- We are committed to a teaching-learning environment characterized by individual attention to students and their learning needs. Classroom and clinical experiences are provided to assist students to utilize critical thinking and communication skills in the application of theory to their professional and personal endeavors.
- Resources are selected to provide a variety of modes for the student to pursue both guided and independent learning. These include, but are not limited to, group and individual practice in the skills lab, access to audiovisual materials and activities in the Simulation Labs, and supervised practice with patients in selected clinical sites.
- We are committed to providing educational opportunities for traditional-aged, adult, full-time, and part-time students.
- We are supportive of the College’s commitment to acquiring a diverse student body and provide learning experiences which promote cultural awareness.
- We are attentive to community-expressed needs by preparing practitioners who are equipped to practice in a changing health care scene.
- We are committed to providing an environment that promotes academic honesty, personal integrity, and the ability to engage in ethical decision making.
- We strive to create a climate that puts emphasis on learning as a lifelong endeavor.
Individuals who have majored in Nursing and who are candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania will demonstrate the ability to do the following:
- Use knowledge from the arts, sciences, humanities, and the discipline of nursing in nursing practice to assist individuals and groups from diverse populations to adapt to changing health states throughout the life span.
- Provide safe holistic nursing interventions to individuals and groups in a therapeutic manner that acknowledges and accommodates diversity.
- Facilitate learning for individuals and groups about health and activities that support a healthy environment.
- Use leadership skills and ethical principles to foster and advocate for the provision of high-quality nursing services to individuals and groups.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to implement the nursing process in a caring and professional manner.
- Incorporate research and evidence-based findings to advance clinical excellence in nursing practice.
- Communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate use of technology and nursing informatics.
- Utilize resources and strategies that support lifelong learning and professional growth.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Nursing must complete a minimum of 121 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.8, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. In addition, Nursing majors must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses in the major.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.