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The bachelor of science (B.S.) degree program provides a solid background in science, liberal arts, nursing theory, and clinical practice. Students develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in today’s complex health care environment.

Because nurses are at the heart of the health care professions, a four-year baccalaureate degree in Nursing opens up a myriad of career opportunities. Nurses contribute in all areas of the rapidly growing health care fields from patient care to research and education. Nurses make use of an increasingly complex array of technologically sophisticated processes and equipment and translate their purpose and importance to patients and their families. Nurses also translate and integrate current research findings in planning individualized patient care.

·Offered to individuals with no prior degree or training

·Academic plan is full-time with summers off

·Provides diverse clinical experiences in various health care settings

·Integrates state-of-the-art simulation learning opportunities

·Prepares students to sit for the national RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) upon graduation

·Credits awarded based on LPN license

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Program in Nursing the students will be able to:

·Evaluate principles, models, and theories from nursing and related
disciplines for applicability in clinical practice.

·Apply the nursing process with individuals, families, and groups of diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds in a variety of health care settings.

·Collaborate with colleagues from nursing, other disciplines, and consumers to facilitate desirable outcomes in clinical practice.

·Critically analyze research studies and apply to clinical practice.

·Demonstrate accountability in the delivery of professional nursing care.

·Participate in activities that advance nursing as a profession and self as a professional.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the baccalaureate program in nursing have a vast array of employment opportunities open to them. Employment settings include trauma centers, community hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, hospice agencies, schools, industrial and organizational settings, and the military, to name a few.

In addition, the B.S. degree is required to pursue an advanced degree in nursing, which prepares the nurse for roles such as nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator and nurse researcher. The nursing profession encompasses opportunities for a lifelong and rewarding career.  

Credit Requirement

The program for the bachelor of science degree must include a total of at least 120 credits as outlined in the College of Nursing Student Handbook.


The B.S. program in nursing is open to incoming first-year students at Penn State Mont Alto as well as five other Penn State campuses, including: Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, University Park, and Worthington Scranton. Students must start and remain all four years at the campus to which they are admitted (University Park students will spend one academic year at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center).

In fall 2015, previous and current Penn State students and transfer students will be considered for the campus B.S. programs. University Park will continue to admit only first-year applicants (high school students or adults with fewer than 18 college credits). Students cannot enter the B.S. program at University Park other than as incoming first-year students admitted directly to the major.

Prior to fall 2014, first-year Nursing students at other campuses who wish to move to University Park must complete a Change of Campus form. This move must be discussed with the adviser at the student's first-year campus.

Program Accreditation

The College of Nursing’s bachelor of science degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

For more information, visit the Penn State University College of Nursing Website at http://www.nursing.psu.edu