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Department of Nursing

BSN Program

Nursing is more than a career—it’s a calling. Driven by a heart to serve and care for others, nurses who begin at Pensacola Christian College become lifelong learners. For over forty years, the PCC nursing department has equipped BSN students with confidence and qualifications to pass the NCLEX-RN examination and prepare for the next level in healthcare.

You’ll have approximately twice the number of clinical hours that many schools offer—and that means hands-on instruction and one-on-one training, not just observing an instructor. You’ll finish college with more hours of full-time, mentored hospital experience than most nurses have even after completing their new-hire orientation.

And like almost all PCC nursing graduates, you will be given the skills to pass your NCLEX-RN with flying colors . . . on your first try.

MSN Program

Take your nursing career to the next level with the MSN program at PCC. You’ll take advanced nursing courses designed to build on your BSN degree and allow you to become the excellent teacher and leader God has called you to be. Start your nursing master’s degree today!

Meet the Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Denise McCollim

Dr. Denise McCollim

B.S.N., Bob Jones University
M.S.N., D.N.P., University of South Alabama

The Division of Arts and Sciences comprises the engineering and computer science, humanities, natural sciences, and nursing departments, each of which offers undergraduate degrees. The nursing department also offers a graduate degree.

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The baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing at Pensacola Christian College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Pensacola Christian College is ranked within the top 30 (out of 150) best nursing colleges in Florida, based on our pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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The PCC BSN program is ranked #17 in Florida by the Nursing Schools Almanac based on our first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Heather Hartkopf
Heather Hartkopf, R.N. B.S.N., M.S.N.,
Pensacola Christian College

A Word from the Chair of Nursing

Thank you for your interest in the BSN program!

As a PCC nursing student, you will receive a solid foundation in the skills you need to be able to make a difference in the lives of your patients.

You will receive hundreds of hours of practical training to prepare you for success. Our team of caring instructors will work with you to perfect your skills in laboratory and simulation settings. Starting your sophomore year, you will head into local healthcare facilities to gain valuable hands-on experience in everything from pediatrics to critical care, and more!

When you graduate, you will be ready to enter your chosen field of nursing.

Miss Heather Hartkopf

Chair of Nursing Department

Nursing Department News

Sarah Howell: Delivering Critical Care

After working long hours through challenging shifts, the buzz of hospital life is nothing new to Sarah Howell.

Nursing Success Stories

Ben Randolph
Nurse Anesthetist

Ben Randolph (Nursing ’04) chose PCC because he saw it as a great environment for learning and spiritual growth. Because of instructors’ training and high expectations, he was prepared for critical care nursing right out of college and for his challenging career as a nurse anesthetist.

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Nursing Department’s Favorite Tradition:

The Pinning and Lamp Lighting Ceremony

The most poignant moment that blends career, college, and family takes place in May, alongside PCC’s Commencement.

Nursing students receive the nursing pin inscribed with the College seal and the words “Beauty,” “Strength,” and “Truth”—three ideals these graduates have exemplified. The pins symbolize the nursing students’ transition and welcome into the nursing profession.

The lighting of the lamps commemorates the tradition of Florence Nightingale, whose lamp brought hope to injured during the Crimean War. As graduates light their lamps, they are committing themselves to these same ideals of hope, healing, and comfort.

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Nursing Department Verse

And of some have compassion, making a difference.
Jude 22

Nursing Department Verse

And of some have compassion, making a difference.
Jude 22