Nursing

Nursing Major

Nursing Major—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 2019, PCC nursing graduates had a 95.83% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN which exceeded the national average of 91.22% 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.

The purpose of the nursing major is for the students to learn to apply both scriptural and scientific methods to nursing services rendered to individuals, families, and communities. The accomplishment of this dual goal encompasses biblical concepts about the relationships between God and man, man and fellow man, and man and the physical universe.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the nursing program will be able to

  • implement the nursing process and evidence-based practice;
  • establish therapeutic relationships with the individual, the family, and the healthcare team;
  • apply leadership skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality personalized care for all stages of the life span;
  • make moral and ethical decisions based upon legal standards and biblical principles; and
  • be prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

PCC’s nursing program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

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, SAT total score of 1030, or CLT total score of 66. Opportunities are available to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete a nursing degree should be expected to increase.

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.

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/CLT composite scores will be placed into a two-year pre-nursing sequence. Students in the one-year pre-nursing sequence who test into EN 099 Basic English Language will be required to take EN 121 English Grammar and Composition I or EN 126 English Grammar and Composition II online during Interterm or summer (see Basic Cost for additional cost). 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.

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, MA 121 College Algebra I, and NU 128 Introduction to Nursing Practice. To be considered for the nursing major, students must earn at least a “C-” in these courses and cannot be on Academic Warning or Probation.

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—any clinical course, NU 226 Pathophysiology, and any nursing course 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:

  1. Students who fail to achieve established scores on end-of-semester standardized tests will be given the opportunity for remediation work.
  2. 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 June 15 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.

$125 per semester or 3 payments of $41.67

  1. Uniforms are purchased and laundered by the student.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 90 days prior to beginning their clinical experience and randomly as deemed necessary. Students must have satisfactory results in order to participate in clinicals.
  5. Each student will have malpractice insurance through the College.

General expenses are the same as for other students.

Career Possibilities

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical care
  • Oncology
  • Emergency department
  • Medical missions
  • Public health
  • Obstetrics
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Home health
  • Orthopedics
  • Nursing education

I did not want just any career; I knew I wanted to be a nurse. But not just any nurse, so I came to Pensacola Christian College to be trained to be the best nurse I could be. Here I was prepared and taught that I was not just a nurse, that happened to be a Christian. I am a Christian first, and I just happen to be a nurse. With rigorous classes, exceptional mentors, and over 900 clinical hours spent training in the hospital, Pensacola Christian College has superbly prepared me to practice my profession and impact others for the glory of God.

Julie C. ’14