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.
Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Offers a broad foundation in liberal arts and science and an extensive range of nursing courses. Graduates are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as registered nurses (NCLEX).
RN to B.S. Program: The program curriculum is designed so that students spend only one day per week on campus and all course work is completed in three semesters. This allows diploma and associate degree-prepared nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in one year.
Associate of Science Degree in Nursing: The national picture of nursing education is changing. As a leader in the field, Penn State is transitioning the associate of science (A.S.) degree to a baccalaureate of science (B.S.) degree in Nursing at the Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. This transition aligns with the future of nursing practice and projected employment patterns. The fall 2014 semester was the final opportunity for admission to the two-year associate of science (A.S.) program in Nursing, and the first opportunity for admission to the four-year baccalaureate of science (B.S.) program in Nursing at these five campuses. For more information, visit the College of Nursing website. Current students: Please refer to this page for access to the student handbook, recommended academic plan, and other necessary information.