New pathway to bachelor of science in nursing at Abington

Penn State has partnered with Jersey College to offer a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree pathway program
Nurses checking a patient
Credit: Penn State

ABINGTON, Pa. — In an effort to provide high quality, flexible educational experiences, the Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and Penn State Abington have partnered with Jersey College to provide a four-year degree pathway for students to earn a bachelor of science degree (B.S.N.) in nursing.

This nursing pathway allows students to take general education courses at Penn State Abington for one year before pursuing an associate degree in nursing at Jersey College over the course of two years. Students who have completed Jersey College’s program and have obtained their RN (registered nurse) license can then work toward their B.S.N. through the RN to B.S.N. program delivered by the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State Abington in an additional year. 

“There is a critical need for qualified nurses in the greater Philadelphia area, and our institutions are delighted to offer pathways to such a valuable and in-demand profession. This program is designed to save our students time and money as they earn a degree from our accredited, respected institutions,” said Nicole Stokes, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Penn State Abington.

Credits for these programs are reviewed for seamless transfer between the colleges, located one mile apart in Abington and Jenkintown. 

“Ensuring a smooth transition was paramount in the development of this pathway. Students will benefit from the stellar curriculum developed by nursing faculty without leaving the area,” said Mike Evans, assistant dean for undergraduate education at Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. “Students on this pathway to a B.S.N. can be assured their educational journey will prepare them for providing quality health care while opening more career opportunities for their future.”

“Jersey College is thrilled to be a part of such a momentous opportunity. This innovative pathway supports our students and educates the future nursing workforce in southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Toni Castillo, campus director at Jersey College - Jenkintown.

Learn more about the program and request information by visiting the pathway program website.  

About Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is one of the largest educators of pre-licensure students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of the most comprehensive colleges of nursing in any public university in the country. With over 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students the college’s footprint is world-wide with faculty creating immeasurable experiences for students around the globe. The undergraduate curriculum is delivered at 13 campuses throughout the state and online. Additionally, the college’s NCLEX pass rates are consistently above the national and state average with all programs being accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the State Board of Nursing.

About Penn State Abington
Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.

About Jersey College
Jersey College is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and offers a practical nursing program for those seeking to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and a professional nursing (RN) program for aspiring registered nurses. With 18 campuses across seven states serving more than 3,000 students, Jersey College instructors and administrators bring a holistic approach to nursing and the healthcare field.