College Moving to Four-Year Nursing Degree Program
As our health care delivery system is increasing in complexity, additional education is needed to support the nurses who must navigate it. To better align its curriculum with the projected future of nursing practice and employment opportunities, Penn State Mont Alto will transition its RN Nursing degree from an associate of science (A.S). to a bachelor of science (B.S.) program.
The change will take place in fall 2014, when the final class of associate degree students will be admitted. The first class of four-year students will also begin class at that time. Mont Alto currently has both the A.S. and R.N. to B.S. programs. The decision to offer only a bachelor’s degree was made after several levels of internal approval and with the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. “The Institute of Medicine recommends in its Future of Nursing Report that 80 percent of all nurses be prepared minimally at the baccalaureate level by 2020,” says Paula Milone-Nuzzo, dean of the Penn State School of Nursing. “We’re responding to these changes for the benefit of our patients and our profession.”
For additional information about Penn State Mont Alto’s new four-year program, contact Carranda Barkdoll, campus coordinator for nursing, at 717-749-6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.