Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Traditional Track

The BSN program educates pre-licensure students to enter the profession of nursing as beginning practitioners and prepares graduates to provide competent and compassionate nursing care to individuals, families, and communities within the rapidly-evolving health care system.

The traditional BSN Program is a full-time day program consisting of a minimum of 123 credits; 62 in the nursing major. There is no part-time option for this program. Students have two clinical days per week, one for each clinical course and these days may vary each semester. Students experience a total of 544 hours of clinical practice in the field and simulation laboratory.

The BSN program at Holy Family University is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Holy Family University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, phone (202) 887-6791.

Graduates of the pre-licensure baccalaureate program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).Success on the NCLEX-RN in any state entitles the RN to apply for licensure in every other state.

If you are searching for a BSN at universities in Philadelphia, this is the premier program.

Program Goals

  • To provide a nursing curriculum that is designed to meet global health care needs
  • To prepare students to practice as a professional nurse generalist
  • To educate students to provide culturally competent and ethical care
  • To provide a foundation for graduate study

Program Features

  • Exposure to many different hospital systems and clinical placements in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Supportive classroom environment
  • Values-based curriculum
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio in clinical settings
  • Classroom instruction consistently delivered by full-time faculty
  • Clinical supervision provided by experienced nurses
  • Nursing Simulation in every course in the simulation lab!

Clearance Requirements for Entrance into Clinical

Prior to beginning 300 level nursing courses, all students are required to complete clearances. These clearances are mandated by the clinical agencies. There is no opportunity to waive or delay the attainment of these clearances. Students who are non-compliant are not permitted to progress into 300 level nursing courses. Deadlines for clearances are July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. In order to complete clearances, all students must enroll in the American Data Bank immunization tracking service and pay a yearly fee to maintain their records on this site. All documents are submitted to American Data Bank. No records are submitted to the program chair or faculty. Requirements include a clear FBI and state background check, a clear child abuse background check, a current American Heart Association CPR BCLS for Healthcare Providers certification, personal health insurance, physical exam, titers showing immunity to communicable diseases (please see student handbook for clarification), two-step PPD, QuantiFERON-TB Gold test, yearly flu vaccine, Hepatitis B (3 shot) series and titer, as well as other clearances outlined in the handbook.

Students can obtain forms to take to their physician on the American Data Bank site created for Holy Family, at http://www.holyfamilysafety.com/. Students should first read the requirements in the handbook, then go to the site to start the procedure. For help in the process, students can contact American Data Bank at 1-800-200-0853.