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Bachelor of Science (BSN)

Jill B. Derstine, RN, Ed.D., FAAN, Chair
Nursing Main Office Number (215) 707-4686
Nursing Fax (215) 707-1599

Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year.  Students should contact departments for updated information.


The program is approved by the State Board of Nursing, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CCNE can be reached at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 503, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse

Pre-professional Requirements for Nursing

Note: Temple students who meet the University’s Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements through the 45+ Transfer Core or Core-to-Core Transfer must still take these specific courses to meet department requirements.

Special Fees

A laboratory fee of about $250.00 (subject to change), covering all four professional semesters is charged and paid in four installments. Uniforms, books, and equipment total approximately $600 in the first semester. In addition, some courses have special fees attached.

Advanced Placement Program for Registered Nurses
(The R.N. to B.S.N. Program)

Registered nurses who are graduates of diploma and associate degree programs may apply for admission with advanced standing. Applicants need not have completed all the pre-professional requirements before admission to the program. They should seek an appointment with the program Director to discuss the program requirements and get additional information on this curricular option. The nurse must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pre-professional requirements may be satisfied by transfer of acceptable college credits, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or by taking the stipulated courses at Temple University. The registered nurse may challenge certain nursing courses through written ACT-PEP examinations that are scheduled several times each year. Nurses who have graduated from state approved nursing programs in the United States and who have current nursing experience are granted 31 advanced placement credits in the nursing curriculum. Those who do not meet these criteria validate their nursing knowledge through standardized challenge tests.

Non-Matriculated Advance Placement Students

Non-matriculated students are those who have not been formally admitted to the Nursing program. Non-matriculated students are required to apply for admission before they complete 12 credits or before they enroll for their third semester.

Professional Curriculum

The following program of study is prescribed. A total of 122 credits are required for graduation.

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