Why York Nursing?

Our Nursing program has advantages:

  • Enter college as a Nursing major
  • Clinical experience at magnet hospital
  • Service learning in York City
  • Two days of clinical per week senior year
  • Your choice of clinical specialty senior year
  • Critical care clinical experience
  • Active student nurse organization
  • Minors in forensics, Spanish, psychology, and others

Enter College as a Nursing Major

Students who are admitted to the Nursing major as freshmen without any college credits and who meet the academic requirements outlined in the college catalog (minimum GPA requirement of 2.8, for example), are assured of enrollment in Nursing clinical courses. You will not have to apply to progress from general education courses into clinical courses.

Choice of Two Tracks

Complete your BS in nursing degree in eight semesters with about 16 credits per semester (Track 1) or nine semesters with about 14 credits per semester (Track 2). Track 1 students have 3 semesters for general education courses while Track 2 students cover the same courses in four semesters. Track 1 students begin clinical experience in spring of their sophomore year and graduate in May. Track 2 students begin clinical experience in fall of their junior year and graduate in December. Students in both tracks take the same courses from the same faculty and have the same amount of clinical time.

Learn By Doing 

Nursing programs at York College feature a strong hands-on component. You will have five semesters of clinical rotations at our nursing school in PA. These clinical experiences gradually increase in time from a half day per week to two full days per week.

Magnet Opportunity at Nursing School in PA

The majority of your clinical experience will be at York Hospital, a nearby 558-bed regional hospital supporting our nursing school in PA. York Hospital is a nationally recognized teaching hospital with seven residency programs and five allied health schools. Most important to you, it is recognized as a magnet hospital by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center. In a magnet hospital, nurses participate in decision-making about patient care, deliver excellent patient outcomes, have a high level of job satisfaction and low turnover rate, and enjoy open communications with other members of the health care team.

Capstone Course

During your final semester in NUR 450 Nursing Practicum, you will work with a nurse mentor in an area of your choice, for example, neonatal ICU or open heart ICU. You work the shift of your nurse mentor and gradually take over the care of his patients. By the end of this rotation, you will feel like “a real nurse.”

Service Learning

Your clinical experience in our community health nursing course will be in Nurse Managed Centers. York College is proud to offer this service learning experience. You will work with economically disadvantaged and medically under-served York City residents. This is a unique opportunity for a cross-cultural experience right here in York.

Minor Adds Value to Your Degree

Nursing students can carefully use their elective and general education requirements to add a minor to their nursing degree. Minors offer knowledge and skills that will enhance your nursing careers. Some suggestions -- Criminal Justice, Spanish, Gerontology, Psychology, Human Resource Managements, Management and Biology, to name a few.


Simulation does not replace clinical experience in our curriculum – nothing beats the real thing! We offer simulation in addition to clinical experience to help our students practice “thinking on their feet.”

Evidence Based Practice “Real World” Project

During nursing research class, our students collaborate with nurses working in a local hospital. The nurses identify significant questions in their clinical practice. Our students review research related to those questions and meet with the real nurses several times during the semester to explore what is “best practice.” Research done by our students has resulted in change in hospital policy.

Cardiac Rhythms

In your final semester, you will learn to identify and treat common cardiac rhythm problems. Most nursing schools in PA do not include this in their medical surgical nursing curriculum. We hear from our graduates that they benefit from this knowledge especially if their first position is in a critical care or specialized unit.

Readily Accessible Faculty

Our student-to-faculty ratio in the classroom is 36:1 and in the clinical areas, 8:1. Our faculty teach in the classroom and clinical settings; we do not have teaching assistants.

Active Nursing Student Organization

Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania SNAP offers you the opportunity to practice leadership, project management and teamwork skills. The group is entirely student-run and meets once or twice a month. The activity might be an educational speaker, a tour, a blood pressure screening, a pizza party or a community service event. The nursing students you'll meet are a great source of advice and friendship!


During the summer between junior and senior year, nursing students can participate in an externship program and “earn while they learn.” To help with the transition from classroom to career, nurse externs work as patient care technicians in a hospital setting under the guidance of a nurse preceptor. They experience clinical practice in a variety of units and attend educational programs such as nursing grand rounds. Two hospitals in York provide this program. Ask the hospitals in your area if they offer this valuable experience.