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 York College of Pennsylvania, The Stabler Department of Nursing is for faculty to partner with students as they learn to provide evidence-based care to diverse populations through innovation, equity, and inclusion.
Program outcomes reflect the AACN Essential Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education as outlined by the following domains:
- Outcome 1 (Domain #1): Knowledge for Nursing Practice
- Integrate, translate, and apply knowledge from the arts, sciences, humanities, and the evolving discipline of nursing as the basis for clinical judgment and nursing practice.
- Outcome 2 (Domain #2): Person-Centered Care
- Provide person-centered care that is holistic, individualized, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate.
- Outcome 3 (Domain #3): Population Health
- Engage in healthcare delivery that supports the improvement of health outcomes across all populations and entities from preventive care to disease management.
- Outcome 4 (Domain #4): Scholarship for the Nursing Program
- Discourse, appraise, and disseminate a basic level of evidence synthesis and dissemination related to nursing knowledge to improve health and transform healthcare.
- Outcome 5 (Domain #5): Quality and Safety
- Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science to minimize risk of harm for patients and providers.
- Outcome 6 (Domain #6): Interprofessional Partnership
- Engage in collaboration with healthcare team members, patients, families, communities, and other stakeholders to optimize care, and strengthen health related outcomes.
- Outcome 7 (Domain #7): Systems-Based Practice
- Communicate and coordinate with available resources to effectively provide safe, quality care to diverse populations.
- Outcome 8 (Domain #8): Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
- Use information and communication technologies to understand evidence-based knowledge required to provide efficient health care services in accordance with regulatory standards.
- Outcome 9 (Domain #9): Professionalism
- Form a nursing identity that embraces professional nurse characteristics, accountability, integrity, and values.
- Outcome 10 (Domain #10): Person, Professional, and Leadership Development
- Demonstrate commitment to personal well-being, self-reflection, professional growth, and leadership development.
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.