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Nursing – Traditional BSN (Accelerated)

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

An accelerated 3.5 year degree resulting in BSN credentials that prepares the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN®).

Program Highlights

  • Traditional BSN program
  • Innovative accelerated bachelor’s degree format
  • State-of-the-art simulation labs
  • High demand job-market
  • Prepares students to sit for RN licensure

Why major in the Traditional BSN program at Mount Aloysius College?


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an eight semester, 3.5 year baccalaureate nursing program in which the student completes general education core and pre-requisite requirements during the first two years and then completes the nursing curriculum in the last 17 months. In summary:

  • First two years – General Education Courses
  • Last 17 months – Nursing Curriculum

Entry Points

The program is designed in a way that it is perfect for a new high school graduate as well as a student who already has general education credits or a college degree finished.


  • Nursing faculty watches simulation from viewing area
    A nursing environment modeled after real-world settings

The Nursing Department is excited to offer a high-tech simulation center as a part of the new Nursing Resource & Simulation Center (NRSC).

The Center includes:

  • A four-bed simulation nursing unit
  • Life-like CAE computerized mannequins
  • Top-of-the-line simulation equipment
  • A nursing environment modeled after real-world settings

More than 50 Years of Nursing Excellence

Nursing College of Distinction badgeMount Aloysius has a proud tradition educating clinically excellent nurses for more than 50 years. Mount Aloysius Nurse alumni enjoy a stellar reputation for excellence in providing high quality compassionate patient care and we are proud to be a supplier of a large portion of local nurses. The Mount Aloysius Nursing Department has been recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction.

What do BSNs do?

More and more, nurses are expected to have a BSN degree when entering the workforce.

Graduates of the traditional BSN program are able to assume roles that demand strong clinical judgement, communication, interdisciplinary, and leadership abilities. Beyond the ability to provide high quality direct patient care in a wide variety of settings (i.e., hospitals, clinicals, surgical centers, outpatient centers, nursing homes), the BSN degree affords graduates the ability to move outside of structure care setting into the public health arena and into administration, research, clinical teaching, or other more specialized nursing fields.  It also expedites progression to acquiring advanced degrees in nursing.

Your knowledge and experience will expand in ways you never expected:

  • Specialization and focus in areas of interest through the nursing leadership practicum and capstone courses
  • Key nursing roles: promoting positive patient and family centered outcomes through the use of evidence-based strategies; research, informatics, leadership, and public health
  • Advocates of care for individuals, families, communities and populations – meet the needs of nursing in the 21st Century

Possible Careers

Registered Nurses are needed all over the world. A few possible careers include:

  • Nurse Informaticist Roles
  • Hospital Administration
  • Home Health Care Coordinator
  • Industrial Nursing
  • Schools

Additional nursing settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Mental Health and Addiction Care Centers
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Schools

Are their job openings? How much will I make?

Trend graph showing 16 percent increaseThe demand for registered nurses is expected to rise 16% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 439,300 jobs.*

The average median wage for a registered nurse with their Bachelor’s Degree in the state of Pennsylvania is $73,388. The median salary for a BSN is nearly $8,000 per year higher than a nurse who holds an Associate Degree.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who will teach me?

The Mount Aloysius Nursing faculty are excellent clinicians who hold advanced degrees in a variety of nursing disciplines. Bringing their extensive clinical experiences and educational backgrounds into the classroom benefits Mount Aloysius nursing students and ultimately the patients they will serve. The combination of their commitment to our students, depth of education, and wealth of clinical experience, ensures that Mount Aloysius Nursing grads enter their careers as valuable and confident healthcare professionals.

Approval & Accreditation

The Traditional BSN program has Initial Approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and will be seeking specialty accreditation prior to the graduation of the first cohort.

Admissions & Pre-enrollment Requirements

Admitted students who meet the following will be considered for matriculation into the nursing curriculum on a space available basis:

  1. Demonstrate a minimum 2.5 CGPA on post-secondary education as verified by official transcript;
  2. Completion of 60 credit hours of the general education curriculum;
  3. Demonstrate achievement of a composite score of 59% on the designated pre-entrance nursing exam (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills – TEAS). The student has a maximum of two attempts on the exam to achieve a satisfactory score, whether the exams are taken at MAC or another location.
    • Students who have obtained an Associate or Bachelor degree from an accredited university and obtained a CGPA of 2.75 or greater will be waived from the TEAS;
  4. Completed math remediation is required based on TEAS Math Sub score of < 60%, must complete NursingABC MAT091 with a C or better;
  5. Completion of all required science courses with a minimum C grade; and
  6. Demonstrate a CGPA of 2.3 in the science courses.
  7. Students who achieve a CGPA of 2.5 or better in the pre=requisite sciences course will be waived from the TEAS.

Readmission to Pre-licensure Nursing Programs

Students granted readmission to the nursing program may be required to challenge* or retake nursing courses that were successfully completed at Mount Aloysius College within the past three (3) years prior to re-admission. However, skills remediation will be required for all clinical nursing courses previously completed. Courses taken more than three years prior to readmission cannot be challenged and must be repeated.

*NOTE: Challenge exams are accomplished by using standardized exams.

Nursing Course Enrollment Requirements (ASN and Traditional BSN Option)**

Prior to the start of a clinical nursing course, the student must submit the following:

  • A completed health form, physical exam and required titers and immunizations;
  • Two-Step PPD or agency accepted equivalent;
  • Urine Drug screen from the start of the first clinical course. Additional urine drug screens may be required;
  • PA Criminal Background, FBI Fingerprinting and Child Abuse History Clearances; and
  • CPR Certification (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer which includes Adult, Child, Infant and AED) within 30 days of the start of the semester.

Students who withdraw from the program must submit new PA Criminal Background Check, FBI Fingerprinting, and other documentation required by the college or clinical agencies.
Students must have health requirements confirmed by Health Services by August 1st for the fall semester and January 1st for the spring semester.+ The MAC School of Nursing Prohibitive Offense Policy guides decisions related to background check findings. Health agencies have the right to deny employment or clinical experiences based on background checks.

**Students enrolled in the School of Nursing must comply with the requirement of the Professional Nursing Law of Pennsylvania (Act of April 14, 1972, P.L. 233, No 64) known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

+With the exception of the Urine Drug Screen for students assigned to clinical at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

Major Course Requirements

Course / Credits

  • Introduction to Professional Nursing (3 credits) **
  • Nursing Assessment (4 credits) **
  • Pharmacology Basics (2 credits) **
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (4 credits) **
  • Gerontological Nursing (2 credits) **
  • Pathopharmacology I (2 credits) **
  • Psychosocial Integrity: Behavioral/Mental Health (3 credits) **
  • Professional Nursing Practice I (6 credits) **
  • Maternal-Newborn Nursing (1 credit) **
  • Nursing Research (3 credits) **
  • Professional Nursing Practice II (7 credits) **
  • Pathopharmacology II (2 credits) **
  • Population Health Nursing (3 credits) **
  • Pediatric Nursing (2 credits) **
  • Nursing Informatics (2 credits) **
  • Leadership in Professional Nursing (3 credits) **
  • NCLEX-RN Preparation (1 credit) **
  • Professional Nursing Practice III (5 credits) **
  • Transition to Nursing Practice – Clinical Immersion (5 credits) **

** All nursing courses must be completed with a minimum 75%

Core Course Requirements
  • Capstone Preparation (1 credit) *
  • College Foundation (2 credits) *
  • Communication/Writing (6 credits) *
  • Upper Division Literature (3 credits)
  • Art/English/Music/Theatre (3 credits)
  • Social Science (6 credits) *
    • General Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
  • History/Political Science (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)*
  • Technology (3 credits)
  • Religious Studies/Philosophy (6 credits)
    • Must take one 300 level RS
  • Cultural Diversity  (3 credits-included in Population Health Nursing) **

* Must have a minimum “C” grade

Other Course Requirements

Course / Credits

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) *
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) *
  • General Chemistry (4 credits) *
  • Microbiology (4 credits) *
  • Nutrition (3 credits) *

* All pre-requisites must be completed with a minimum “C” grade.

Curriculum Plans Student Handbook Other Resources Contact Us

Nursing Department Administrative Coordinator: 814-886-6393

Division of Nursing FAX: 814-886-6374

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