What undergraduate programs in Nursing does Penn State Abington offer?
The RN to B.S. in Nursing program is for individuals who have already completed an associate degree in Nursing or a diploma program and want to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students who are new to the field of nursing may be interested in learning about the nursing partnerships between Penn State Abington and local nursing diploma schools. Click here to learn more. Incoming first year students interested in Nursing, you may also apply to Penn State for direct admission to the undergraduate nursing degree (available at the following campuses: University Park, Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton).
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants must provide evidence of completion of an accredited RN program and request reenrollment (if previous Penn State student) or complete the Penn State admission application. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.
What are the costs?
Tuition plus technology fee is charged. See the Bursar website for specific information.
Is Financial Aid available?
Check the Financial Aid website for details on all options available. A minimum of six credits per semester is required for aid.
How many courses are required?
There are seven required nursing courses plus two nursing elective courses required for the RN-BS degree (28 total credits). Other General Education requirements may apply.
Are transfer credits accepted?
All transfer credits will be evaluated, regardless of how long ago the courses were taken.
How long will it take to earn my degree?
The degree is designed to be flexible. It depends on the individual student and how many courses are taken per semester. Most students finish between one and two years.
Are there clinical requirements?
There are three courses with clinical activity related requirements: Nurs 417, Nurs 465 and Nurs 475.
How is academic coursework counted towards CE?
Academic nursing credits are as follows:
• 1 trimester unit=12 CE hours
• 1 quarter unit=10 CE hours
• 1 semester unit=15 CE hours
For academic purposes, one unit is equivalent to one academic course. CE hours are per course, not per the number of credits given for the course. These academic CE hours are the same regardless of whether you are a full time, part time, Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters or Doctorate level student. Any academic courses taken must pertain to nursing. CE hours will be accepted for academic courses completed within your biennial renewal period.
For more information, please check The State Board of Nursing web site.
What graduate programs are available at Penn State?
You must have a B.S. in Nursing to be admitted to a graduate program in Nursing at Penn State. Penn State offers an online MSN degree with three options: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult Medical Surgical, Community Health, Nursing Administration, Gerontology, or Clinical Trials Research), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner. A Ph.D. program is also available.