Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program

Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program
Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program
Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program
Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program
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




Penn State’s 120*-credit RN to B.S. nursing program focuses on current topics in the field of nursing, including data management, ethics, and nursing research. Because you are already an RN, you may receive 33 of those credits by portfolio. In addition to program-specific General Education courses, you must complete the following 28 nursing credits to satisfy requirements for the degree:


Required (22 credits)


NURS 200W Understanding and Applying Nursing Research (3 credits)
NURS 251 Health Assessment (3 credits)
NURS 357 Introduction to Computing and Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
NURS 390 Transition and the Professional Nursing Role (3 credits)
NURS 417 Family and Community Health Concepts (4 credits)
NURS 465 Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs (3 credits)
NURS 475 Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice (3 credits)


Electives (6 credits)


Information Emphasis

NURS 458 Ethical Challenges in Health Care Informatics (3 credits)



NURS 401 Concepts of Health (3 credits)

NURS 402 Holistic Health (3 credits)

*Please note: 36 of the last 60 credits must be from Penn State 

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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


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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Penn State Abington’s Nursing (RN to B.S.) Degree Program comes on the heels of proposed states’ legislation requiring all registered nurses to obtain their bachelor of science degree within 10 years of initial licensure (RN-Plus-10). Many area hospitals also have implemented a BS in nursing degree requirement for their nursing staff.


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Students with outstanding records of scholarship and leadership also are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing. Penn State is home to the Beta Sigma chapter, one of more than 150 chapters of Sigma Theta Tau located at colleges and universities throughout the world.