Temple University

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Nursing (BSN)

Preparing nurse leaders who change lives.

Temple University is one of the world's finest urban Universities and takes pride in being one of the most diverse higher learning institutions in the country. Temple University, located in the city of Philadelphia, provides opportunities to experience nursing that are unsurpassed by other universities. View Curriculum

Our undergraduate nursing program provides the foundation to prepare expert nursing clinicians, educators, and leaders focused on primary health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Our experienced and talented faculty share their expertise with students in a variety of specialty areas providing valuable lessons and direct care opportunities in community and public health nursing, maternal-child nursing, acute care nursing, critical care nursing, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatric/mental health and health informatics.

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission. Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Why Us?

  • We offer an 8-semester, 4-year BSN program, with freshmen admission.
  • Our post baccalaureate DNP program is one of the few offered in the area.
  • Clinical affiliations are with some of the best health-care facilities in Philadelphia.
  • An innovative 5-semester ‘community home’ rotation with a population-based, service-learning focus.
  • Recognized for our high NCLEX pass rate. The four-year pass rate (2015–2018) for our BSN graduates who are first-time NCLEX test-takers is 93.2 percent.
  • Affordable college education in a location convenient to mass transportation.
  • Personal attention from highly qualified faculty.
  • Student body that celebrates diversity and the free interchange of ideas.
  • Commitment to underserved communities.

In the senior year, students in the undergraduate program have opportunities to work independently with a nurse preceptor. Read more on undergraduate clinical education experiences.


There are three different entry options for candidates seeking to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), depending on their background and education.

  • Freshman Option: BSN program for highly qualified high school graduates.
  • Transfer Option: Current Temple Students. Intra-university transfer available for current Temple University students. Must apply for admission to the College of Public Health.
  • Transfer Option: External Applicants: Students currently enrolled in another college or university who would like to transfer into the BSN program at Temple University.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

For admissions requirements, read more.

Applicants should be aware prior to applying to the BSN Program as well as prior to entering the BSN Program that the Board of Nursing may refuse to license a person who has been found guilty or pleaded guilty to felony charges. The Board of Nursing application for licensure asks, “Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony; felonious act; an illegal act associated with alcohol, an illegal act associated with substance abuse(s)?” Applicants should seriously consider this condition for licensure. Practice of deceit in the submission of criminal background checks and child abuse clearance forms is cause for dismissal.

Honors Program

Become an Honors student in nursing! The Honors Program is a great opportunity to meet other academically talented students who aren't in your program—and those who are. Visit our nursing honors page for more information.