Why Study Nursing?

Nursing is a fulfilling and demanding profession requiring intellectual and ethical knowledge and skills as well as compassion and stamina. Registered nurses support the health of communities and people across their lifespans. A degree in nursing at Penn State prepares future nurses to excel in their chosen professions.

At Penn State Behrend, students receive the advantages of attending a large research university while enjoying personal interactions and small-sized classes. Close interaction with mentors helps students define career objectives and build programs of study to meet those objectives. Students participate in clinical experiences at regional hospitals and healthcare facilities, and get hands-on experiences in Penn State Behrend's state-of-the-art Nursing Technology Lab and Simulation Center.

Why Earn a Four-Year Bachelor's Degree?

A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field; in its Future of Nursing Report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020. Hospitals applying for Magnet status employ a larger proportion of nurses with a B.S. degree than without. Many institutions also have higher pay grades for bachelor's-prepared nurses. A four-year degree also is the foundation for the advanced education needed to become a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator, or nurse researcher.