Abington holds information sessions for RN to BS degree in nursing

Registered nurses who want to upgrade their skills and prepare for changes in the health-care field are invited to attend upcoming information sessions for the new registered nurse to bachelor of science degree in nursing program at Penn State Abington.

The information sessions, which will cover course requirements and costs as well as address the concerns of returning to learning, are scheduled during the next two months. These sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 or Monday, Sept. 26 at Penn State Abington. Fifteen-minute academic advising appointments are available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 to 7 p.m. those same days. To register, contact Judy Ahern at [email protected] or 215-881-7488.

The Penn State School of Nursing and Penn State Abington will offer a bachelor of science in nursing degree beginning fall semester 2011. This program is open to registered nurses who previously have earned either an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. The RN to BS degree will offer a combination of convenient evening and weekend classes as well as hybrid learning (online plus classroom time) in order to accommodate the busy schedules of working nurses.

Penn State Abington’s RN to BS degree in nursing program comes on the heels of recently proposed states’ legislation (New York, New Jersey, and possibly Pennsylvania) requiring all registered nurses to obtain their bachelor of science degree within 10 years of initial licensure (RN-Plus-10). Many area hospitals also implemented a BSN degree requirement for their nurses.

“Now that many states and hospitals are requiring all registered nurses to get their BS degree in order to continue practicing, Penn State Abington is committed to offering these dedicated nurses an RN to BS degree,” said Karen Wiley Sandler, chancellor of Penn State Abington. “The world-renowned Penn State BS in nursing degree will be available to nurses in a convenient location at convenient times.”

For more information contact Jane Owens, senior director of continuing education at 215-881-7395 or abington.psu.edu/psasite/ce/rn_bs.html