Nursing Pre-licensure BSN

Program Goals

The Nursing Pre-licensure BSN program is one of two programs offered by the Nursing Department of the College of Science and Technology.

The nursing program seeks to:

  • Provide high levels of liberal and professional educational experiences to a diverse nursing student population.
  • Prepare graduates with superior knowledge and skills to serve local, national, and global communities through quality, patient-centered, holistic nursing care.
  • Develop nurse leaders who are caring, knowledgeable in nursing science, adept in research, secure in the use of related technologies, and prepared for continuous advancement in our ever-evolving healthcare environments.
  • Prepare nurse leaders who are prepared to provide quality, patient-centered, holistic nursing care, participate in the building of nursing profession through nursing practice, research and scholarship intended to improve health outcomes for all people.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all required pre-nursing courses
  • You must have a 3.0 GPA in your science and math courses and a 2.76 overall GPA
  • Application to the Lincoln University 
  • Application to the Nursing Program 
  • Passing score on the Kaplan pre-admission exam (see BSN FAQs)
  • Clearance requirements for the clinical experiences:
  • CPR certification for adult, infant and child and AED (American Heart Health Care Provider Only)
  • Comprehensive criminal background check (annually)
  • Child Abuse Clearance (annually)
  • FBI clearance (annually)
  • Current personal health insurance (annually)
  • Malpractice insurance (annually)

Other Requirements

Junior and Senior level nursing students must take clinical courses in sequence as the courses are designed to continuously build on knowledge and clinical experience. Nursing students will have the option to take electives and to minor in other subject areas. All students are expected to have their own reliable transportation, as travel to clinical rotations will be necessary. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to abide by all policies set forth in the Nursing Program Handbook.

Graduation Requirements

For the BSN degree in Nursing from Lincoln University, a student must complete the University general education (see the section on the General Education Curriculum) and the Nursing major requirements. In addition, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and successfully complete the Kaplan Comprehensive Predictor Exam (given prior to NUR 414 completion) meeting the required benchmark. As well as, successfully passed or remediated all Kaplan Assessment examinations.

For more information on the nursing program, contact Ms. Diane Neikam – Nursing Program Assistant or call 484-365-7497

Pre-licensure BSN Resources

Pre-licensure BSN Handbook

Nursing Program Application

Pre-licensure BSN Frequently Asked Questions



  • Caring – Students will demonstrate caring attitudes and behaviors as they carry out the work of professional nursing with the understanding of human development, the goal of preserving dignity, and aspirations of promoting health and wellness for individuals, patients, and themselves.
  • Knowledge – Students will apply knowledge synthesized from nursing science to evidence-based nursing care delivery.
  • Effective thinking – Students will use a variety of thinking methods such as, critical thinking, conceptual thinking, implementation thinking, and innovative thinking, to make decisions, solve problems, evaluate information, create new processes, and plan strategies.
  • Communication – Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in therapeutic interactions, inter-professional information sharing, and scholarly dissemination.
  • Technological Aptitude – Students will competently use technology to access information necessary for identifying trends used in decision making, promoting quality improvement, and preserving safety, to provide patient care, collaborate with inter-professional teams, and to continuously advance the nursing profession.
  • Lifelong learning – Students will continue to advance their education to maintain knowledge and nursing skills necessary to provide quality patient care by engaging into systematic inquiry, investigation, and new knowledge generation.
  • Cultural Competence – Students will demonstrate willingness to learn about other cultures and use the information to collaborate with patients to provide nursing care that meets individuals cultural and religious needs.
  • Leadership – Students will apply knowledge of leadership theory and demonstrate leadership behaviors that complement particular situations.
  • Ethics –  Students will apply ethical standards of nursing in all situations with respect for the law, the profession, patients, and themselves.


Academic Progress 
All nursing students must maintain a C average. Only nursing courses with grades of a C or higher can be used toward degree completion. In addition, students must pass Kaplan Assessment testing upon completion of each course requiring competency testing. Please refer to the Nursing Program Student Handbook

Nursing Program Requirements

University Core specific requirement (see Core Curriculum section for details):

Course Credits
Math Core  
MAT-110 - College Algebra 3
Natural Science Core  
CHE-120 - Chemistry for Health Science with lab 4
CHE-121 - Chemistry for Health Sciences II with lab 4
Social Science Core  
PSY-101 - Intro to Psychology 3
SOC-101 - Intro to Sociology 3
Computer Science Core  
CSC-151 - Computer Applications 3

Required Biology:

Course Credits
BIO-105 - Introductory Biology 4
BIO-205 - Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BIO-206 - Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
BIO-250 - Microbiology for Nursing 4

Other Required Courses:

Course Credits
MAT-114 - Statistics 3
PSY-206 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
HPR-350 - Intro to Nutrition 3

Major Courses:

Course Credits
NUR-300 - SMARTS 0
NUR-301 - Fundamentals of Nursing 4
NUR-302 - Health Assessment and Promotion 4
NUR-303 - Nursing Pathophysiology 3
NUR-304 - Adult Health I 4
NUR-306 - Mental Health Nursing 4
NUR-308 - Nursing Informatics (fulfills one CSC core requirement) 3
NUR-310 - Pharmacology 3
NUR-402 - Nursing Research 4
NUR-403 - Healthcare Ethics or PHL 207 Biomedical Ethics 3
NUR-404 - Adult Health II 4
NUR-405 - Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
NUR-406 - Maternal/Childbearing Nursing 4
NUR-408 - Child and Family 3
NUR-411 - Population Health Nursing 4
NUR-412 - Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NUR-414 - Capstone Senior Seminar 4
Total NUR Major Courses 57 credits
Total Program with General Ed Curriculum 124 credits