The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing: Your Path to an Exceptional Future

According to the Institute of Medicine, the expectation within the health care industry is for nurses to have at least a bachelor’s-level degree by the year 2020. At the national level, professional nursing organizations, as well as private foundations involved in health care workforce issues, support the BS in nursing as the appropriate level of education for nurses (Bastable & Markowitz, 2012). The American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recognizes the BS in nursing as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.

Through our academic programs, support, and connections, 99 percent of King’s graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. That’s proof that King’s will help you develop the skills, build the confidence, and give you the experience you need to succeed.

The RN to BS in Nursing Program

The RN to BS in Nursing program is designed for licensed registered nurses from state approved and accredited associate degree or diploma programs. This program is consistent with trends in nursing and the recommendations of the IOM report of increasing the BSN workforce from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020 (IOM, 2011). This program prepares graduates to enter professional positions in a variety of health care settings with clients of all ages from diverse populations or for advancement to a graduate degree program in nursing. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared to practice as generalists in a variety of settings. Features of the program include the following: 

  • Designed to meet the needs of the professional nurse through upper division nursing courses
  • Provides for greater career mobility
  • Personalized advisement 
  • Three hour time blocks for courses enables the working nurse to access two courses a semesters (part-time).

The program will begin admitting students on a part-time basis spring 2018 and consists of 122 credits. Information on tuition and fees can be found here.

The 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing 

In partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), King's College is proud to offer a new, outstanding career opportunity in the health care profession through the 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing (DDN). The projected growth in employment for registered nurses from 2014 to 2024 is 16 percent—more than twice the seven percent average growth rate for all occupations. The prospects for nurses with the BS in nursing credential are even better. We invite you to explore the many advantages of the King’s/LCCC Dual Degrees in Nursing. The nursing curriculum examines the nurse’s role in quality and safety, global health, informatics, evidence based practice, teaching and learning and community projects and offers the following advantages: 

  • Prepares students for careers as BS-prepared nurses to meet the high demand for nursing professionals
  • Combines strengths of Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Degree programs
  • Offers the experience of a traditional four-year religious college while completing the Associate degree
  • Ability to work as an RN during your fourth year of study
  • Personalized advisement from both campuses
  • Nursing is the fastest growing occupation in US – 22 percent more jobs expected by 2018 (Discover Nursing)
  • Innovative curriculum

King's College is committed to working with its partner, Luzerne County Community College, to provide the high-quality facilities required to create the best possible environment for student learning and engagement. Full-time nursing students have the option to live on the King’s College campus and may participate in all King’s College athletics and traditional student activities. King's will provide a direct shuttle service between the two campuses. Both institutions are committed to creating an accommodating and accessible environment so that nursing students feel equally at home on either campus from the moment they start the program.

The program will begin admitting students fall 2018 and consists of a minimum of 128 credits.

Mission of The King's College Nursing Program

Consistent with the King’s College mission, the Nursing Programs are designed to prepare nurse leaders at all entries of practice to advance the health of the Wyoming Valley community, the wider geographic regions, and the global community, with a focus on the underserved. This is accomplished through innovative, high quality, and accessible educational programs, clinical practice, research, and public service.

Compassion and Responsibility

As a health care professional, you will be responsible for providing critical and potentially life-saving care, working to improve the health and quality of life of your patients and your community. That is what makes nursing such a noble profession - one that requires dedication, social responsibility, and moral reasoning.

In addition to your nursing education, the breadth and depth of our liberal arts-based core curriculum will complement your nursing skills by giving you the critical reasoning and communication tools you’ll need to be a dynamic, positive practitioner in the health care communities you will serve. The spirit of dedication and commitment you gain from this program will set the tone of your career for years to come.

Welcome to NEPA!

The historically significant cities of Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke, PA - located right on the Susquehanna River and not far from the Pocono Mountains - provide an ideal setting for an aspiring health care professional. Health care has long been a dominant economic sector in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), as in many parts of the country and around the world. You will be close to well-established hospitals and other health care providers, all of which are looking to hire well-qualified baccalaureate-prepared nursing professionals. Low cost of living, plenty of outdoor recreation, and an economic revival make the area a great place to study and to live. Build your career here after graduation.