Nursing (Pre-licensure BSN)

If you're seeking a Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, consider Lincoln University's accredited and accomplished Nursing Program. As one of the few HBCUs offering a BSN program, we take great pride in helping prepare our students for in-demand and rewarding careers in the nursing and healthcare fields.

You'll study in small classes with an expert faculty who are as experienced working in real healthcare settings as they are in the classroom. You'll develop the knowledge, skills, and instincts to deliver exceptional care and truly make a difference in the lives of your patients. Internships and research opportunities will help you get hands-on experience, and the connections you make with your classmates, professors, and the global network of Lincoln alumni will help you find countless opportunities to put your talent to work as a registered nurse (RN) or healthcare provider.

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Program Goals

The Nursing Program seeks to:

  • Provide high levels of liberal and professional educational experiences to a diverse nursing student population.
  • Prepare graduates with superior knowledge and skills to serve local, national, and global communities through quality, patient-centered, holistic nursing care.
  • Develop nurse leaders who are caring, knowledgeable in nursing science, adept in research, secure in the use of related technologies, and prepared for continuous advancement in our ever-evolving healthcare environments.
  • Prepare nurse leaders to provide quality, patient-centered, holistic nursing care, participate in the building of the nursing profession through nursing practice, research, and scholarship intended to improve health outcomes for all people.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the Nursing Program and earning your BSN degree, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills and qualities.

  • Caring: Demonstrate caring attitudes and behaviors as you carry out the work of professional nursing with the understanding of human development, the goal of preserving dignity, and aspirations of promoting health and wellness for individuals, patients, and themselves.
  • Knowledge: Apply knowledge synthesized from nursing science to evidence-based nursing care delivery.
  • Effective Thinking: Use critical thinking, conceptual thinking, implementation thinking, and innovative thinking to make decisions, solve problems, evaluate information, create new processes, and plan strategies.
  • Communication: Demonstrate effective communication skills in therapeutic interactions, inter-professional information sharing, and scholarly dissemination.
  • Technological Aptitude: Competently use technology to access information necessary for identifying trends used in decision making, promoting quality improvement, and preserving safety, as well as to provide patient care, collaborate with inter-professional teams, and continuously advance the nursing profession.
  • Lifelong Learning: Continue to advance your education to maintain the knowledge and nursing skills necessary to provide quality patient care by engaging in systematic inquiry, investigation, and new knowledge generation.
  • Cultural Competence: Demonstrate the willingness to learn about other cultures and use the information to collaborate with patients to provide nursing care that meets individuals' cultural and religious needs.
  • Leadership: Apply knowledge of leadership theory and demonstrate leadership behaviors that complement particular situations.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical standards of nursing in all situations with respect for the law, the profession, patients, and themselves.

Admission Requirments

  • Completion of all required pre-nursing courses
  • A 3.3 overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Submission of a completed application to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
  • Submission of a completed application to the Nursing Program prior to the deadline (see the Information Packet for additional details)
  • A passing score on the Kaplan pre-admission exam (see the Information Packet for additional details)
  • Clearance requirements for the clinical experiences:
    • CPR certification for adult, infant, and child and AED (American Heart Health Care Provider Only)
    • Comprehensive criminal background check (annually)
    • Child Abuse Clearance (annually)
    • FBI clearance (annually)
    • Current personal health insurance (annually)
    • Malpractice insurance (annually)

Please contact the Nursing Department for the most current Nursing Information Packet.

Courses and Other Requirements

Please see the University Catalog for more information on program requirements and detailed course descriptions.

As a Junior or Senior level nursing student, you must take clinical courses in sequence as the courses are designed to continuously build on your knowledge and clinical experience. You will have the option to take electives and to minor in other subject areas. You are expected to have your own reliable transportation, as travel to clinical rotations will be necessary. In addition, it is your responsibility to abide by all policies set forth in the Nursing Program Handbook.


Contact Us!

Have questions about the nursing department or degree program? Let us know!

Nursing Department
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 323
Phone: 484-365-7497
Fax: 484-365-7874

Vilma Davis, PNP, BC, Ph.D.
Director and Chair/ Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Phone: 484-365-7867
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 311

Diane Neikam
Department Assistant, Department of Nursing
Phone: 484-365-7497
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 323


Dana Wallace
Clinical Coordinator, Nursing Department
Phone: 484-365-7707
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 342