Pathways to Nursing

Penn State Abington offers students the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing while staying in the Philadelphia area. These opportunities involve partnerships with local nursing schools and Thomas Jefferson University.

Step 1: Complete prerequisite, pre-nursing coursework at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington offers the required science and general education courses necessary to prepare for admission to one of the partnering nursing programs.


Anatomy - BIOL 129
Physiology - BIOL 141 & 142
Chemistry - CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 & 111
Microbiology - MICRO 106 & 107
Nutrition - NUTR 251
Psychology - PSYCH 100
Sociology - SOC 001 or 005
Human Development and Family Studies - HD FS 129
Statistics - STAT 200 or 250

Students have the opportunity to apply these courses to earn Penn State Abington's Health Science Professions Certificate and/or the associate degree in Letters, Arts & Sciences.

Step 2: Earn your diploma from a partner nursing school

While working on completion of prerequisite course work, students apply for admission to attend one of the partner nursing schools to continue their education.


Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing
Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
Application deadlines: Feb 1
Program length: 2 years, full-time
Day and Evening/Weekend programs available


Aria Health School of Nursing
Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
Application deadline - Feb 1 for Sept admission, Jul 1 for Jan admission
Program length - 2 years, 10 months


Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
Application deadline - rolling admission
Program length - 21 months

Step 3: Earn your B.S. in Nursing (RN to B.S.) at Penn State Abington

A student’s college course work in combination with the diploma in nursing from one of the partnering nursing schools and completion of the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX) can be applied towards Penn State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Partner nursing programs work with Penn State Abington to provide students with a seamless and accelerated transition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program where students complete the remaining degree requirements.


More information about the RN to B.S. in Nursing

thomas jefferson university, jefferson school of nursing

Penn State Abington offers an articulation and transfer agreement with Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) for students interested in nursing.


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for more info

Deanna Bosley, Health Partnership/Nursing Adviser,, 215-881-7339.