Nursing students working in the lab.

Nursing B.S.N.

Nursing B.S.N.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is a four-year program that offers a broad foundation in liberal arts and science and an extensive range of nursing courses.Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses. A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field. In its Future of Nursing Report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020. Hospitals applying for Magnet status employ a larger proportion of nurses with a B.S.N. degree than without. Many institutions also have higher pay grades for bachelor's-prepared nurses.

Upon completion of the bachelor of science in Nursing program, the students will be able to:

  • Evaluate principles, models, and theories from nursing and related disciplines for applicability in clinical practice.
  • Apply the nursing process with individuals, families, and groups of diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds in a variety of health care settings.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from nursing, other disciplines, and consumers to facilitate desirable outcomes in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability in the delivery of professional nursing care.
  • Participate in activities that advance nursing as a profession and oneself as a professional.


The College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at The Pennsylvania State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; 202-887-6791.