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).
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.
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.