Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
As a student in Temple’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, you will receive personalized attention from experienced faculty members and have direct care opportunities in a variety of healthcare and community settings, providing you with a strong foundation for your professional nursing career.
Our students begin practice as caring, competent nursing professionals who are prepared to support individuals, families and communities in reaching their health goals—whether that means recovering from a stroke or heart attack, managing chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma, or increasing neighborhood access to healthy food.
Whether you pursue a career in bedside nursing or community health, an understanding of the full scope of nursing practice will guide you as you aspire to become an informed health advocate, a nurse leader, a valued team member and an expert nurse clinician.
What sets apart our BSN?
- Early opportunities to build experience: Temple’s BSN program is an eight-semester program with freshman admission. Starting your first semester, you will take nursing courses taught by nursing faculty. In the simulation lab you will be exposed to real-life situations in a supportive, safe and supervised environment that allows you to refine the skills you need to provide high quality nursing care. In the second year of the program, learning sites expand to include community and hospital settings, where complexity and challenge increase as you gain knowledge and skill.
- A dynamic urban environment: Temple University is located in North Philadelphia and provides unique opportunities to experience nursing in an urban setting. The Department of Nursing partners with some of the best healthcare facilities in Philadelphia and a growing number of community organizations, including schools, faith-based organizations, senior centers and day programs serving vulnerable populations.
- NCLEX Success: After graduation from a BSN program, you must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before you receive your nursing license and begin to practice nursing. The four-year pass rate (2014–2017) for our BSN graduates who are first-time NCLEX test-takers is 92.5 percent. Learn more about our graduates’ pass rate.
The BSN program requires 122 credits over four years, with 64 credits of Nursing major requirements. You will take foundational courses that inform nursing, including anatomy and physiology, psychology and nutrition.
Related Graduate Degrees in the College of Public Health
The College of Public Health offers extensive, personalized advising services to students in each department. Beginning in the summer before your freshman year, you will meet our academic advisors who will schedule time with you regularly throughout the nursing program to review your progress, and provide additional guidance and referral to student resources and services, as needed. In your junior year you will begin to meet with a faculty advisor to discuss academic support, career guidance and support services.
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.
All students are eligible to join Temple’s chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), which is the official professional organization for nursing students. All students are encouraged to join, and have the opportunity to engage in community service activities throughout the year, as well as to participate in local, state and national meetings to gain information about careers and professional growth. Learn more about SNAP.
You can engage with peers and find leadership opportunities in student-led clubs and organizations in the College of Public Health. Learn more about student clubs and organizations.
Study Away Opportunities
Become an informed, active global citizen and enrich your education by studying away. Explore Temple’s study abroad opportunities, including information about specific programs and visas, as well as resources on cultural adaptation, diversity matters, and health and safety.