Bachelor of Science in Nursing

As a student in Temple’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you will gain experience through opportunities to offer direct care among diverse populations in a variety of healthcare settings, developing a strong foundation for your professional nursing career.

The nursing curriculum progresses from humanities, science fundamentals, and basic nursing theory and skills to the application of this knowledge in the provision of simple and progressively more complex care. You will learn to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan, apply sound clinical reasoning and collaborate with a full healthcare team. 

Whether you aspire to have a career in the ICU, as a community health nurse or in another setting, the Nursing BSN will guide you to become an informed healthcare advocate; a capable, compassionate nurse leader; and an expert nurse clinician. The Nursing Major also creates a strong foundation for students to continue into graduate-level nursing programs, such as Temple's Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). After passing the NCLEX, graduates can practice as a registered nurse in the state in which they took the examination or transfer their license to practice in another state.

What sets apart our Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

  • Early opportunities to build experience: Temple’s BSN program is an eight-semester program with first-year student admission. Nursing classes begin in your first semester. During the first year, you will examine the history of nursing and the role nurses play in the community. Courses will focus on the needs of medically underserved and vulnerable populations, immersing you in ethics, health literacy, therapeutic communication and more. Hands-on practice in the simulation lab will allow you to apply concepts from class and improve your knowledge and skills in a supportive, safe and supervised environment.
  • A dynamic urban environment: Temple University is located in North Philadelphia and provides unique opportunities to experience nursing in an urban setting with a diverse community. The Department of Nursing partners with some of the best healthcare facilities in Philadelphia, including Temple University Hospital (Main, Episcopal and Jeanes campuses), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Lankenau Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
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Maila Turay, CPH ’19

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“They opened my eyes and made me see that I can do whatever I want ... I don’t know what it’s like at other universities, but here at Temple the faculty will support you.”

Read more about Maila.

Program Format

The BSN program requires 125 credits over four years, with 45 credits comprised of upper-division nursing courses.

See a full list of program courses.

Honors Programs for BSN Students

BSN students in the Temple University Honors Program can take advantage of several benefits for honors students, including priority course registration, dedicated honors advisors, and special course opportunities. Learn more about the Honors Program at Temple.

Krista Schroeder is an assistant professor and serves as faculty mentor for BSN students in the Honors Program. 

Temple nursing students conducting simulation on a mannequin in training lab.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $21,816.00 per year
Out-of-state: $37,896.00 per year

There are additional costs associated with the nursing program, including uniforms, some equipment (such as a stethoscope), and travel to and from clinical and community sites.


Additional Program Information