Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program

NursingEnhance your career and prepare to meet the latest changes in healthcare with the Penn State Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program.


It is open only to nurses who have previously earned either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing.


  • Flexible evening classes
  • All classes have web-based learning plus face-to-face classroom meeting dates as indicated on schedule
  • 33 credits awarded to nurses with valid Pennsylvania RN licenses
  • Deferred payment plans


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"The faculty and staff helped us adjust."

HallsAbington opened up new opportunities for Barbara and Ed Hall. Even with decades of nursing experience between them, it became clear during the last few years that their career options were limited without B.S. degrees. As Ed, who works in a cardiac care unit, said, "No bachelor's degree, no interview."


Although the couple were apprehensive about returning to the classroom, they now say their experience couldn't have gone more smoothly.


"The faculty and staff helped us adjust, and it was great being in classes with nurses who have a lot of different experiences," Barbara, a nurse in a step-down intensive care unit, said.

Nurse finds Abington degree a game changer

Donna ONeillThe cool, quiet hallways belie the struggles occurring inside the rooms of the inpatient hospice at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Donna O'Neill works on the unit as a registered nurse, and she easily verbalizes her passion for working with patients on their final journey.


"I have the privilege of working with patients to help them maintain dignity, comfort and quality of life," O'Neill said. “My promise is to treat them as a whole person, to be open and honest with families, and to understand the awesome responsibility in my hands.”


O’Neill recently experienced a game changer in caring for her patients and for her career. While enrolled in the RN to B.S. degree program at Penn State Abington, she became captivated by evidence-based practice and research.

"My education at Abington led me to ask questions, think differently, and pulled me toward research so I can change the care we give for the better," she said. "I was able to unite my education with real world experiences. It brought the classroom to life.”


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Brenda Holtzer
Brenda Holtzer
Ph.D., RN, PCNS-BC Coordinator, RN to B.S. Degree Program
Judy Ahern
Judy Ahern
RN-BS Program Associate, General Information
Jackie Payrow
Jackie Payrow
Transfer Admissions Counselor

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The School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science Degree is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the following organizations

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW  Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036