The National Institute of Medicine has set a goal to increase the proportion of registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020. You can be one of those nurses by enrolling in Penn State's RN to BSN degree program. Increase your professional opportunities and move up to a leadership position!

Who Should Apply

The RN to BSN program prepares you to meet the many changes in the health care field by expanding and enhancing your nursing education. The degree is designed for the practicing RN who wishes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as five semesters.

The program is designed for individuals who have graduated from an accredited nursing program (diploma or A.S.) and hold a valid United States RN license.

The RN to BSN program is designed to build on what you've already accomplished. Senate legislation 42-97 Credit by Portfolio Assessment enables students to receive credit for previous nursing coursework.

Penn State awards up to 33 advanced standing credits in nursing in recognition of your previous basic nursing education. Previous college coursework is also considered for transfer into the nursing program.

In order to transfer college credits to Penn State, an individual must have earned a C or better in each course and must provide an official transcript to the University.

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Earn Your Degree

We offer a flexible schedule of courses to accommodate the working registered nurse. Penn State strives to help you meet your personal goals by using Web-based coursework, small classes, independent study, and individualized personal advising,

Admission to this program requires an RN license, official copies of all college transcripts, an official high school transcript or GED, and completion of a Penn State application, including a $65 application fee. All applicable credits will be considered for transfer towards this degree.

Penn State Beaver has partnered with Penn State Shenango to offer the RN to BSN degree program at Beaver.

To begin the enrollment process, please contact Dr. Joan Humphrey, program coordinator and instructor in nursing, Penn State Shenango, 724-983-2963.

For assistance with admissions, please contact Debra Seidenstricker, admissions counselor, Penn State Beaver, 724-773-3808.

If you have questions about or need assistance with financial aid, please contact Gail Gray, student aid and veterans coordinator, Penn State Beaver, 724-773-3803.

To register for classes, please contact Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education, Penn State Beaver, 724-773-3762.