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“I’m currently enrolled in William Penn University’s online RN to BSN program and I’m very impressed with how in depth and structured the online classes are. Faculty and staff are easy to contact and respond promptly when I have questions.”   Mike Lang, Emergency Services Director – Mahaska Health

The mission of the William Penn University RN–BSN program is to prepare BSN graduates with enhanced leadership skills that are essential to nursing practice in a diverse and ever-changing healthcare environment. Educational preparation is grounded in the nursing program’s outcomes and William Penn’s principles and goals.

The division of nursing embraces a commitment to The Theory of Human Caring and the Ten Caritas Processes embedded in Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory and William Penn University’s Five Quaker Principles, which provide the registered nurse an opportunity to build on their pre-licensure education and develop complex decision making skills to provide safe and holistic care to self and all communities.

William Penn University RN-BSN Completion Program Baccalaureate Nursing Program Outcomes and Level Competencies

  1. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will provide safe and holistic patient centered care to self, clients, families, communities and global community.
  2. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will effectively work in inter-professional teams.
  3. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will employ evidence-based practice.
  4. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will apply quality improvement.
  5. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will utilize informatics.
  6. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will demonstrate leadership skills.
  7. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will demonstrate health promotion.
  8. The baccalaureate prepared nurse will display professional behaviors.

Jean Watson Caritas Processes (Integrated within the program outcomes)

  1. Practicing loving-kindness and equanimity within context of caring consciousness.
  2. Being authentically present and enabling, and sustaining the deep belief system and subjective life world of self and one being cared for.
  3. Cultivating one’s own spiritual practices and transpersonal self, going beyond ego self.
  4. Developing and sustaining a helping-trusting, authentic caring relationship.
  5. Being present to, and supportive of the expression of positive and negative feelings.
  6. Creatively using self and all ways of knowing as part of the caring process; engaging in artistry of caring-healing practices.
  7. Engaging in genuine teaching-learning experience that attends to wholeness and meaning, attempting to stay within other’s frame of reference.
  8. Creating healing environment at all levels, whereby wholeness, beauty, comfort, dignity, and peace are potentiated.
  9. Assisting with basic needs, with an intentional caring consciousness, administering “human care essentials,” which potentiate alignment of mind-body-spirit, wholeness in all aspects of care.
  10. Opening and attending to mysterious dimensions of one’s life-death; soul care for self and the one being cared for; “allowing and being open to miracles.”

RN-BSN Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance to William Penn University
  • A transcript evaluation completed and on file
  • Evidence of current unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure in the state of Iowa
    • Your license must remain current while enrolled in William Penn’s nursing program
  • Nursing courses with a clinical or preceptorship component may not be taken if the following has occurred:
    • Denied licensure by the Iowa Board of Nursing
    • Registered Nurse license is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in:
      • Any U.S. jurisdiction
      • Another country due to disciplinary action
    • Student has failed a criminal background check
  • Registered nurse applicants must have an admission cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 throughout the program
    • Students with an admission cumulative GPA of 2.0 may be admitted to the university and conditionally admitted to the Nursing Program with the stipulation of earning at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA the first semester, and maintaining the cumulative 2.5 GPA throughout the program
  • Student must provide verification of the following:
    • Criminal Background Check and Abuse Registry
    • Current CPR card
    • Nursing Student Physical Examination
    • Immunization Requirements
      • TD/tdap
      • Mantoux Test
      • Seasonal Influenza
      • Mumps, Measles, Rubella
      • Chickenpox
      • Hepatitis B
    • Standard Precautions and HIPAA training
    • Mandatory Reporter: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse

(It is the student’s financial and educational responsibility to keep verifications current throughout the program)


Kendra Leimbach, MSN, RN

Clinical Instructor Email


Director of Nursing 641-673-1182 Email


Nursing Courses

  • NURS 300 Health Assessment & Pathophysiology
  • NURS 301 Professional Nursing for the RN-BSN
  • NURS 302 Leading & Managing for the RN-BSN
  • NURS 303 Community Health
  • NURS 312 Informatics for the RN-BSN
  • NURS 313 Enhancing Nursing Health for the RN-BSN
  • NURS 401 Evidence-Based Practice