Students may work at their own pace in this program, and may finish relatively rapidly or slowly, depending on employment and family responsibilities. RNs who take one course at a time during the fall and spring semesters and during summer sessions, generally complete the program within 2.5-3 years, depending on how many credits they transfer in and their success on CLEP examinations.
How long will it take to complete the program?
What degree do I receive when I am finished?
You will receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Nursing. The York College nursing curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the group that typically accredits baccalaureate nursing programs, so your BS degree will be accepted by graduate schools or other types of schools to which you might apply for further education.
What if I already have a degree?
Students who are licensed registered nurses and who already hold a BA or BS degree in another discipline are exempt from all general studies courses. To complete their BS in nursing degree, they will take only required nursing courses and required support courses that they did not transfer in from another institution. Second degree students still must take a total of 30 credits at York College if they did not obtain their non-nursing bachelor's degree from York College.
How many credits may I transfer to York College?
A maximum of 75 credits (includes the 51 credits granted for RN licensure) may be transferred from AD programs and an unlimited number may be transferred from four year schools.
Can I earn credits via challenge exams or "CLEP" courses?
York College accepts a number of College Level Examination Program CLEP exams in lieu of required general studies courses. Students may earn credits via the CLEP but must take a minimum of 30 credits at York College in order to earn a degree from York College.
All CLEP exams and courses taken at other schools after enrollment at York College need to be completed before the "final 30 credits at York College" are started.
When are classes held?
Nursing courses typically meet once a week for approximately 3 hours beginning at 4 or 5 pm. Other required classes meet at various days and times.
The complete list of all York College courses is available through the Online Schedule of Classes on the main college website
How do I register for a course?
Be sure you register only for the upcoming course or courses your advisor recommended. Registration for fall courses begins in mid-March and registration for spring courses begins in mid-November. You can register on campus at the Business Office or you can register online. Please see the Registrar's Office page for complete information.
Special instructions for new students who are registering for the first time: You must come to campus and register with help at the Registrar's Office. Your advisor must release a hold on your account before you register. This ensures that you consult with your advisor by phone or email before you register.
After you have matriculated (been admitted to the college and completed one course), you may register for subsequent courses via the YCP Portal, which is a website that contains links to other college sites useful to students.
How do I apply to the program?
Contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Melissa Schneider, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to reach her, contact the chair of the Stabler Department of Nursing, Dr. Karen March, at email@example.com or 717.715.1243. Please do not apply for admission to the program without emailing Dr. Schneider.
When you are ready to apply for admission to the college, you can do that online or, you can call 717.849.1600 and ask that an Application for Admission be sent to you. Be sure you are applying to the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program for Registered Nurses, also known as the RN to BS Program, rather than our basic nursing program. When you have transcripts or CLEP scores sent from other colleges you have attended, have them sent directly to:
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Rd.
York, PA 17403-3651
Can I automatically go on for my Master's of Science in Nursing degree at York College?
RNs near completion of their BS degree can apply for admission to the MS in Nursing program and can substitute NUR 512 Theoretical Basis for Professional Role Development for NUR 421 Leadership for RNs.