Penn State Behrend will offer its most popular nursing program – an accelerated R.N.-to-B.S. degree – to students at the Warren Forest Higher Education Council beginning in October.
A partnership with Jamestown Community College will allow students to combine general-education credits earned there with nursing credits earned in the Penn State Behrend program, which uses a blend of in-class, web-enhanced and online courses to advance diploma and associate-degree nurses to a bachelor’s degree in just three semesters.
Employment data shows increasing demand for nurses with four-year degrees. The Future of Nursing report published by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020.
“Our health care system is complex and changing in ways that expand the role for nurses in a multitude of care settings,” said Jo Anne Carrick, coordinator of the nursing program at Penn State Behrend. “Nurses will need additional education and skills to address these changes.”
Carrick will explain the accelerated degree program from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, during an open house at the Warren Forest Higher Education Council, 589 Hospital Dr., Warren. Representatives of the college’s admissions, financial aid and Community and Workforce Programs offices also will attend. A second open house will be held at WCA Hospital, 207 Foote Ave., in Jamestown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.