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

Although there are many undergraduate nursing programs in the U.S., ours stands out as a leader in preparing nurses to care for people within local communities and the world. 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.

Why Us?

  • Unlike other universities with "pre-nursing" tracks, Temple offers direct admission to the nursing program
  • Students take nursing classes in their first year on campus and begin fieldwork experience during the their freshman year
  • Temple students are given preference for placement in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program 
  • BSN students have opportunities to study abroad to gain perspectives on global health

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.
  • RN to BSN Option

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.