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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Harrisburg

Nursing

Penn State Altoona (General Nursing and Second Degree)
Penn State Erie, Behrend Campus (General Nursing)
Penn State Harrisburg (Second Degree)
University Park (General Nursing)
University College:Penn State Fayette, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Worthington Scranton (General Nursing)

PROFESSOR PAULA MILONE-NUZZO, Dean, College of Nursing

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing prepares students to become professional practitioners in areas of health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation. After earning this degree in Nursing, students are qualified to take the registered nurse examination for licensure by the State Board of Nursing. The Nursing major is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000), www.acenursing.org; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202-463-6930); and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

B.S. Nursing majors will choose one of the following options:

General Nursing Option (NURS GNURS): This option admits students directly to the major as first year students and at the time of admission only. Nursing students will start and remain at the campus of admission all 4 years. Non-nursing students may not transfer or change major into the 4-year nursing program at University Park, but will be considered through a competitive review process for admission (beginning fall 2015) at the 5 other campuses offering the General Nursing program. Clinical experiences occur at clinical facilities within a 50-mile radius of campus; University Park students will spend 1-2 years at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, which requires students to reside at that location.

Second or Additional Degree Option (NURS SCND): This option admits students, who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in another discipline, to the major through a review process. All students must have met all general education and prerequisite course requirements. This option is  available at Penn State Altoona and Penn State Harrisburg. Clinical experiences occur at facilities surrounding Altoona and Harrisburg.

For Both Options: All transportation and expenses related to clinical are the responsibility of the student. All students must carry professional liability insurance; complete an annual health examination, criminal background and child abuse history clearance; maintain CPR certification and adhere to any additional requirements of the clinical facilities.

Undergraduate Academic Progression Policy

The Academic Progression policy delineates the academic standards for pre-licensure students (students without an RN license). Failure of two nursing courses results in dismissal from the Nursing major. Details of the academic progression policy are available in the student handbook. (www.hhdev.psu.edu/nurs/Handbooks/index/html).

For the B.S. degree in Nursing, a minimum of 120 credits is required. The Second or Additional Degree Option requires the completion of 60 credits of general education and prerequisite courses in the first degree program (prior to admission) and 60 credits of nursing courses completed after admission.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

(Second or Additional Degree Option: First-Year Seminar not required since students accepted into this program are required to have earned a bachelor's degree in another discipline)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 4-9 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 87-92 credits[1] [2]
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GHA courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 30-32 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 142(1), HD FS 129 GS(3), MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), NUTR 251 GHA(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-11 credits)
CHEM 101(3); or CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
SOC 001 GS(3) or SOC 005 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 57-60 credits

GENERAL NURSING OPTION: (57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (54 credits)
NURS 225(3)[38], NURS 230(4)[38], NURS 250 US(2)[38], NURS 251(3)[38] (Sem: 3-4)
NURS 200W(3)[38], NURS 301(4)[38], NURS 305(3)[38], NURS 306(3)[38], NURS 310(3)[38], NURS 320(3)[38], NURS 350(2)[38] (Sem: 5-6)
NURS 405A(4)[38], NURS 405B(4)[38], NURS 415 US;IL(4)[38], NURS 420(4)[38], NURS 450A(2)[38], NURS 450B(3)[38] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits at the 400 level from School-approved list in consultation with adviser (Sem: 7-8)

SECOND OR ADDITIONAL DEGREE OPTION: (60 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (60 credits)
NURS 225(3)[38], NURS 230(4)[38], NURS 250 US(2)[38], NURS 251(3)[38] (Sem: 1)
NURS 200W(3)[38], NURS 301(4)[38], NURS 305(3)[38], NURS 310(3)[38], NURS 350(2)[38] (Sem: 2)
NURS 306(3)[38], NURS 320(3)[38], NURS 415 US;IL(4)[38], NURS 420(4)[38] (Sem: 3)
NURS 405A(4)[38], NURS 405B(4)[38], NURS 450A(2)[38], NURS 450B(3)[38], NURS 495(6)[38] (Sem: 4)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[2] Completed prior to admission for students taking the Second or Additional Degree Option.
[38]Due to restricted enrollment, the School of Nursing assigns the semester in which students enroll in these courses and all course prerequisites must be successfully completed.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-062

Review Date: 02/23/2010

(R&T 2/28/06)

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

Update to accrediting agency contact info: 7/31/13

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