Build Your Career with Penn State’s Accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing
As nursing becomes more complex, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can help move your career forward. Our RN to B.S. in Nursing program builds and expands on the RN competencies needed to lead change and positively affect the health care industry. The Institute of Medicine has recommended that 80% of nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020. Earning a B.S. degree can also properly prepare you to attend graduate school.
Why the Accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing Program at Penn State?
Earn your degree in less than a year — The Accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing curriculum is designed for completion in ten and a half months.* Classes meet one day a week, on the same day for the entire program, which is convenient for working nurses. Because the courses are accelerated, each course also includes an online learning component. (Learn more about Penn State’s Video Learning Network.)
Beyond a degree — Enhance your professional credentials by earning the nurse management certificate as you move from an RN to a B.S. in Nursing. Six of the 12 credits you earn in the certificate program can be applied toward the requirements for your B.S. degree.
Recognition — The Penn State RN to B.S. in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Who Should Apply
If you are a registered nurse with a valid United States RN license and you want to advance in your career, the accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing program may be the right choice for you. The B.S. degree can help you move up to a supervisory role or build a solid foundation to become a clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner.
Career Opportunities for B.S. Graduates
You can develop stronger professional-level skills in communication, leadership, professional integration, and research/evaluation, as a result of completing the B.S. program.
Penn State RN to B.S. in Nursing graduates can choose from numerous career opportunities and work in different aspects of the health care industry, including:
- administrative or management positions
- community and public health centers
- social work case management
- specialization areas
- pharmaceutical sales
This program is offered in cooperation with Penn State School of Nursing. Click here for more information about the School of Nursing.
* Depending on your prior general education credits.