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William Penn University Nursing Program White Coat Ceremony October 2021

4-year BSN Program

RN-BSN Degree Completion in 12 Months

You can now earn your William Penn University Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online! Request information for more details.

“Generally, registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.”
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Our program has a unique health leadership focus! Students can begin immediately after graduation from a registered nurse program or practicing nurses can jump right in (licensure is required beginning second semester)! Finish in 12 months with no prerequisites!

William Penn University’s program offers the nurse a collaborative learning environment with lively discussion and nurse networking.

Our program provides a comprehensive review of health assessment for the first class. In second and third terms, students analyze concepts related to professionalism and caring for themselves and their patients within a new leadership experience. In the final term, students engage in assessing populations and organizations; then applying this new knowledge by utilizing research methods that may impact the quality of healthcare in their workplace. In addition, students learn about nursing informatics and improving their own health!

Realize your dream! Make a difference in your profession and be an active member of shaping the future of healthcare.

Learning Environments

Nursing majors are exposed to a variety of learning environments. These include experiential learning in health care settings or in the community. Students are also encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to enhance their success in the nursing program.

Nursing ApprovalAccreditation Seal

The William Penn University RN-BSN Program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. See the IBON Nursing Education Programs Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The William Penn University Pre-licensure BSN program has interim approval from the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate program at William Penn University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

William Penn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


Nursing majors are eligible for a variety of health care jobs upon receiving their BSN degree from William Penn University. Possibilities include professional staff nursing and leadership roles. The graduate will also be prepared to progress in their career through pursuit of advanced nursing degrees.

Nursing Scholarships Available

Scholarships and institutional grants are available for nurses. Please contact the Nursing Department for more information at 641-673-1298 or

For a list of scholarship resources: Word Doc or PDF.

Nursing Jobs

Search thousands of entry level jobs, externships and scholarship opportunities on CampusRN.

WPU Preceptorship Experience

I had the opportunity to see many great examples of professionals communicating, and also to see how different levels of the organization work together. Being able to see the inner workings, and the outward effect was very valuable and eye opening. – Melissa Levine, ’18 Grad

I learned far beyond what I thought I would & am very grateful. Has been one of the most valuable experiences in my BSN program. I had no idea how valuable PHN is to our society. – Mendy Shepard, ’18 Grad

William Penn University Nursing majors participate in preceptorship experience before completion of BSN requirements. Preceptorship experience provides students with deeper understanding of professional nursing roles and responsibilities. Students are given the opportunity to acquire greater working knowledge of their health care setting and the community.

Kim Brown

Kimberly Brown, Nursing Director

Thank you for your interest in William Penn University (WPU) and your dedication to receiving your Bachelor of Science degree in nursing!

We educate professional nurses at the Baccalaureate level to practice in collaborative or leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, and community health care agencies. As a William Penn University student, you will join a community of scholars committed to improving health care.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:
Nursing Division Office (641-673-1298);
Admissions Office (1-800-779-7366; 641-673-1012)

The faculty, staff, and I look forward to meeting you.


Dr. Kimberly J Brown, DNP, MSN, BSN, ARNP, PMHNP-C, ARNP-C
Director of Nursing
William Penn University


NameOffice PhoneEmailTitleOffice
Kimberly Brown DNP, MSN, BSN, ARNP, PMHNP-C, ARNP-C641-673-1182emailDirector of NursingPenn 215
Sharon DeKock MSN, BSN, RN, RNC641-673-1299emailAssistant Director of NursingPenn 215
Sue Van Wyk641-673-1298emailOffice Manager & Student Advisor for the Nursing DivisionPenn 214