The RN to B.S.N. program is designed to help prepare registered nurses meet the many changes in the health care field by enhancing their knowledge and skill set. In addition to advanced nursing competencies, the program helps develop professional-level skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership.
Scheduling that accommodates the needs of health care professionals
Flexible scheduling makes it possible for registered nurses to earn a B.S.N. while continuing to work in the health care field. Courses are offered in a hybrid class format featuring online and in-class learning. The Wednesday and Friday class schedules make it easy to fit advancing education into a busy life. The program is open to registered nurses who have previously earned an associate degree or a diploma in nursing.
A program that builds on what you know
Penn State acknowledges both previous learning and continuing education achievements that the returning registered nurse brings to the University, with an opportunity to earn a total of 33 credits by portfolio assessment of fundamental prelicensure nursing courses earned at other institutions. Students must have earned a C or better and provide an official transcript. In addition, advisers will work with students to design a schedule to satisfy degree requirements.
RN to B.S.N. students in the Penn State College of Nursing are required to complete clinical activities that complement course work and provide a distinct experience from those of the prelicensure program. These clinical activities provide exciting opportunities to analyze and evaluate aspects of the health care field that are aligned with specific career objectives. Even for experienced nurses working in the field, the clinical activities can provide valuable learning opportunities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical settings and may need the use of a car.
This program is offered through the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing.
Note regarding clinical requirement reductions
The Penn State College of Nursing is pleased to announce that the RN to B.S.N. program will decrease the overall clinical requirement from 180 hours to 45 hours beginning fall 2020. Obtaining a BSN degree is now more convenient than ever, while still providing everything expected from the Penn State name. All clinical hours will now be completed in one course - NURS 475: Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice.
Students who are already enrolled in the program will transition to the new program clinical requirements in fall 2020. All students will be expected to complete 45 clinical hours in NURS 475. Clinical hours from previous courses may not be used for clinical credit hours in NURS 475.
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The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing postponed the original accreditation visit by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on March 18-20, 2020 for all of Penn State’s nursing programs in alignment with the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania's coronavirus mitigation efforts.
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For more information about the RN to B.S.N. program, please visit the Penn State College of Nursing website or contact the program coordinator at Penn State Schuylkill.