Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
See also Pre-Medicine
Meet the physical and spiritual needs of others
Fulfilling one of the top career choices nationwide, nurses must meet the medical field’s requirements in quality education and practical clinical experience upon entering the profession.
For over thirty years, PCC’s nursing program has helped prepare nurses to excel in the medical profession. Gaining thorough instruction from skilled faculty with in-field experience, nursing students receive foundational training in science, as well as practical experience in labs, clinical studies, and preceptorships. With modern, high-tech labs, students can gain practical experience through simulated situations before they enter the hospital setting.
In 2016, PCC nursing graduates had a 94.90% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN which exceeded the national average of 87.80% for graduates with baccalaureate degrees. With the superior education and experience gained from PCC’s program, students can enter immediately into the field or apply for graduate studies with confidence in their undergraduate education.
Accreditation and Authorization
High School Preparation
High school preparation for nursing should include three units of English; at least two units of mathematics, one of which must be algebra; and two units of science, one of chemistry and one of biology. In addition, applicants should earn at least an ACT composite score of 20 or SAT composite score of 1020. Opportunities are available to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete a nursing degree should be expected to increase.
No student will be permitted to enroll in the nursing program unless he or she has clearly established the highest standards of Christian character and deportment. References from the applicant’s pastor, principal, guidance counselors, and previous employers are secured whenever possible. Such references receive top priority in the admission process. Prior to beginning clinical experiences, local healthcare facilities require all nursing students to complete a background check. Students must have satisfactory results in order to participate in clinicals.
All students in this program are required to be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 semester hours. First consideration for acceptance into the program will be given to residence hall students. PCC does not provide residence hall living space for married students or their families.
Plan of Study
All students who want to major in nursing start as pre-nursing students. Typically, pre-nursing requirements can be completed in one year. Students who score below the required ACT/SAT composite scores or who test into EN 099 Basic English Language will be placed into a two-year pre-nursing sequence. Students who want to take a reduced load may also choose the two-year pre-nursing sequence. Students contemplating transferring into PCC’s nursing department should have their program of study approved by the Registrar.
Academic and Progression Requirements
Enrollment in the nursing major is limited based on clinical availability and is contingent upon successful completion of pre-nursing requirements. Objective criteria used in determining the members of each nursing class include academic performance and results of the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test given to pre-nursing students in the spring. In addition, all pre-nursing students are evaluated for ability to properly convey ideas in a written format through a required essay completed on campus. An interview with a nursing faculty member may also be required.
Pre-nursing preparatory courses are BY 105 Principles of Biology, BY 201 General Anatomy and Physiology, CH 107 Chemistry for the Allied-Health Professional, EN 121/126 English Grammar and Composition, MA 121 College Algebra I, and NU 128 Introduction to Nursing Practice. Students must earn at least a “C-” in these courses to be considered for the nursing major.
Nursing students receiving an unsatisfactory grade of “D,” “F,” or “WF” are considered to have failed the nursing course. A student may take a nursing course once and repeat it once for a total of two times. Students who fail three of the following courses will be removed from the nursing major—all clinical courses, NU 226 Pathophysiology, and all nursing courses NU 401 or higher.
Throughout their education, nursing students take standardized tests, which are indicators of NCLEX-RN readiness. To help assure the student’s future NCLEX success:
- Students who fail to achieve established scores on end-of-semester standardized tests will be given the opportunity for remediation work.
- Students who fail to achieve the established score on a standardized exit exam and meet other objective criteria will be given the opportunity to take NU 490 Nursing NCLEX-RN Review during Post-term and will be required to pass this course to graduate with a nursing major.
In addition to the health regulations for all entering students, all students who are admitted to the nursing major must complete an annual physical examination including Mantoux tuberculin skin test followed by a chest X-ray if positive, tetanus toxoid if 10 years since last immunization, record of immunizations including 2 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and 2 varicella vaccinations, hepatitis B vaccination, and annual influenza vaccinations. The completed medical/health form is to be on record by August 1 annually. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the student nurses to be responsible for their own health. Each student must have proof of adequate medical insurance.
All clinical activities are supervised by the College nursing faculty. Students receive their clinical experience in a number of healthcare facilities, including several large hospitals located in the Pensacola area.
Upon successfully completing the nursing curriculum, graduates will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to sit for the U.S. NCLEX-RN examination. Students may take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at their own expense during their senior year.
Academic Program Fee
$125 per semester or 3 payments of $41.67
- Uniforms are purchased and laundered by the student.
- NU 203 Foundations of Professional Nursing and NU 207 Beginning Medical Surgical Nursing each carry a $10 transportation fee. Nursing students must provide their own transportation to and from all other clinical experiences.
- National standardized exams must be taken periodically at student expense. The Kaplan Nursing Admission Test taken the last semester of the pre-nursing sequence is $30 (price subject to change).
- Nursing students are responsible for all costs associated with submission and verification of annual health forms, background checks, and 10-panel drug screenings required by local healthcare facilities to be completed within 30 days prior to beginning their clinical experience and randomly as deemed necessary. Students must have satisfactory results in order to participate in clinicals.
- Each student will have malpractice insurance through the College.
General expenses are the same as for other students.