Penn State wants to make sure that our nursing students receive a top-notch education that opens doors and takes them where they want to go. Demand for nurses is high – especially for nurses with a four-year degree. For this reason, as well as others, Penn State’s Nursing program is changing, and we want to make sure you understand how this impacts you – the prospective nursing student.
Associates Degree in Nursing
Penn State will be discontinuing its associate of science (A.S.) degree in Nursing – the fall 2014 semester will be the FINAL opportunity for admission into the two-year associates in Nursing. If you want to apply to this program, please submit a complete application by November 30, 2013.
Updates to Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
Starting with the fall 2014 semester, students can pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree in Nursing at six campus locations: Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, University Park, and Worthington Scranton. Previously, students admitted into the four-year Nursing program at a campus other than University Park would complete a year at that campus and then transition to University Park to complete the degree.
Now, Nursing students will remain at the campus to which they are admitted for the entire four years of their degree program. Students will no longer have to transition campuses during their four years of education in Nursing – they will stay at the campus to which they are admitted, and they will have six campuses to choose from when applying for the Nursing program. The application deadline is November 30.
Transferring into the Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Previously, our four-year Nursing program did not accept transfer students, period. This will still be the case for the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015. The Nursing program will begin to accept transfer students for the fall of 2015, as well as current Penn State students who wish to change their major. Five of the six campuses will be open to transfer students and change-of-major students: Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton.
NOTE: University Park will continue to remain a direct admit program and will not accept transfer students or change-of-major students.
RN to BSN Program
There are no changes to this program, which is open to students with an RN license in good standing, an associate degree in nursing, or an RN nursing diploma. Students can pursue this program, starting in any semester, at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Worthington Scranton, and through the World Campus.
Second Degree in Nursing
There are no changes to this program, which is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and do not have an RN license. There are required classes that are prerequisites for the program, which you can find on the Nursing website. Offered only at Altoona and Harrisburg, this program is only available for fall admission and has a November 30 application deadline.
Lots of changes, but all to help our students receive an excellent education and be more marketable upon graduation. Penn State prepares more nursing students than any other program in Pennsylvania – and we hope you will consider becoming one of those exceptional students!