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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

PROGRAM CURRENTLY ON HOLD ;
NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS EFFECTIVE SUMMER SESSION 2015
Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: July 22, 2013

Nursing 

Penn State Altoona (2NURS)
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (2NURS)
University College: Penn State Fayette, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Worthington Scranton (2NURS)

PROFESSOR PAULA MILONE-NUZZO, Dean, School of Nursing

Graduates of this major are prepared to provide care in a variety of health care settings to individuals with commonly occurring acute or chronic health problems. After earning the associate degree, students are eligible to take the registered nurse examination for licensure by the State Board of Nursing. The Nursing program 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, and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

All transportation and expenses related to clinical are the responsibility of the student. All students must meet the following clinical facility requirements: carry professional liability insurance; complete annual health examination, criminal background and child abuse history clearances, 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), who are admitted to the undergraduate nursing program. The policy states that all prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time and failure of two nursing courses results in dismissal from the nursing major. Details of the academic progression policy are available in the student handbook.(http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/nurs/Handbooks/index.html).

 Entrance to Major Requirements:

First year and advanced standing (transfer) students may be admitted directly to the major if they meet Admission criteria.

Penn State students who apply by November 30, have the appropriate high school course work, meet the following criteria at Penn State and have a 3.4 cumulative GPA or higher at the end of the fall semester are guaranteed admission into 2NURS:

  • 3-4 credits of 100-level science with a lab with a grade of C or higher: BIOL 129, BIOL 141 and BIOL 142, MICRB 106 and MICRB 107, and CHEM 101 preferred
  • 3 credits of social science with a grade of C or higher: HD FS 129, PSYCH 100, and SOC 001 or SOC 005 preferred
  • 6 additional non-remedial credits, preferably including 3 credits of math

Penn State students have just one opportunity for consideration for the Associate of Science in Nursing and must be enrolled in 2NRCM*, DUS, NURS, or non-degree or provisional status at the time of application and review. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a nursing advisor prior to application.
*There is a limit of 2 semesters of enrollment (excluding summers) in 2NRCM.

Graduates of this major may qualify for admission to the RN to BS program in Nursing.

For the Associate of Science degree in Nursing, a minimum of 68 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(15 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 62 credits[1]
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (53 credits)
BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 142(1), ENGL 015 GWS(3), NURS 111S(4), NURS 112(4), NURS 113(3), NURS 114(3), NURS 116(2), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), NURS 211(5), NURS 212(4), NURS 213(5), NURS 214W(3), NURS 216(2)(Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
HD FS 129 GS(3) or PSYCH 212 GS(3); SOC 001 GS(3) or SOC 005 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits of GQ courses (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-060

Review Date: 02/23/2010

(R&T 2/28/06)

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

Accrediting agency contact info updated: 7/31/13

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