Nursing is one of today's most in-demand careers, with employment expected to grow 22 percent through 2018, adding more than a half million jobs. Penn State Behrend offers several options to prepare you for a nursing career, whether you are looking to enter the profession or advance in the field.
NEW: Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Beginning in fall 2014, Penn State Behrend will offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, replacing the associate of science (A.S.) degree. The final class of two-year associate degree students will be admitted in the fall of 2014, and the first class of four-year students also will begin classes at that time. Learn more.
Two-year Associate Degree in Nursing: A concentrated program that includes a combination of science, liberal arts, and focused nursing courses. After earning an associate degree students are eligible to take the national examination for licensure (NCLEX) as registered nurses.
Four-year Associate to Bachelor degree in Nursing: Designed to prepare students for both traditional and non-traditional areas of nursing, advancing their practice as clinical leaders, nurse managers, and preparation for entrance to master’s degree programs.
Three-semester Accelerated R.N. to B.S. Program: Allows diploma and associate degree-prepared nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in one year—less than half the time it takes to complete a typical R.N. to B.S. completion program.