The RN to B.S. Nursing program helps prepare you to meet the many changes in the health care field by expanding and enhancing your nursing education. The program is open to nurses who have previously earned either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. In addition to upgrading your skills, the program prepares you for non-traditional areas of nursing such as administration, pharmaceutical sales, managed care, and insurance.
Whatever career you choose, our RN to B.S. program is designed to build on what you've already accomplished. The curriculum is divided into phases that allow you to build upon previous knowledge as you progress in the program.
The registered nurse student must enroll in the following nursing courses:
- NURS 390–Nursing Transition (3 cr)
- NURS 200W–Introduction to Nursing Research (3 cr)
- NURS 357–Introduction to Computers and Nursing Information (3 cr)
- NURS 417 (US, IL)–Family and Community Health Concepts (4 cr)
- NURS 465–Adult Health Concepts (3 cr)
- NURS 251–Health Assessment (3 cr)
- NURS electives (6 cr)
- NURS 475–Application of Family and Community Health Concepts (3 cr)
Clinical experience in NURS 417 (US,IL), NURS 465, and NURS 475 is collaboratively planned by students, nursing faculty, and agency preceptors.
Students must carry personal liability insurance and have annual health examinations when enrolled in clinical courses.
Advanced standing credits are awarded for all students who have graduated from a State Board approved Diploma or A.D. nursing program. Students will need to have an RN license. Diploma graduates apply for Credit by Portfolio for 33 credits; A.S. graduates transfer and make up in electives any credits short of the 33 required. There are fees for these processes.
For the BS degree in nursing, a minimum of 120 credits is required.
The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post graduate APRN certificate program 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.
The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing postponed the original accreditation visit by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on March 18-20, 2020 for all of Penn State’s nursing programs in alignment with the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania's coronavirus mitigation efforts.
Accreditation Update: To ensure the safety of all stakeholders, The Pennsylvania State University will be hosting a virtual accreditation visit by the CCNE on January 27-29, 2021 for all of Penn State's accredited nursing programs. To learn more about the visit, go to https://www.nursing.psu.edu/a-message-from-the-dean/