Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

Program Code: NURN_BSN

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 4-5
Requirements for the Major 91-93

21-22 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GHW courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 161Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 162Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 163Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 164Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
HDFS 129Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 106Elementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 107Elementary Microbiology Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
NURS 200WPrinciples of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 13
NURS 357Introduction to Nursing Informatics 13
NURS 390Transition and the Professional Nursing Role 13
NURS 417Family and Community Health Concepts 14
NURS 465Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs 13
NURS 475Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice 13
NUTR 251Introductory Principles of Nutrition Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Credit by portfolio assessment
NURS 225Pathophysiology3
NURS 230Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing4
NURS 250Professional Role Dev I: Intro to Professional Issues in Nursing Practice and Nursing Informatics2
NURS 301Nursing Care of the Adult Client Requiring Medical-Surgical Intervention4
NURS 305Introduction to Pharmacological Concepts3
NURS 306Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents3
NURS 310Therapeutic Nursing Care of the Older Adult Client in a Variety of Settings3
NURS 320Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Gynecological Client3
NURS 405BNursing Care of the Adult Client with Complex Health Problems: Part B4
NURS 420Mental Health Nursing4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 130Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or CHEM 110
CHEM 111
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
NURS 251Health Assessment 13
or NURS 352 Advanced Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse
SOC 1Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
or SOC 5 Social Problems Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or STAT 250 Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits (3 credits of which must be at the 400 level) from courses on school-approved list in consultation with adviser6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Abington

Brenda Holtzer
Assistant Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7398
bmh17@psu.edu

Fayette

Melissa Miner, DNP, RN, CNE
Associate Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4220
mbm12@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Carranda Barkdoll
Assistant Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
104F Sci-Tech
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6205
cmb207@psu.edu

New Kensington

Janet Knott
Assistant Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6725
jmk24@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Marianne Adam
Associate Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
C007 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6266
mta133@psu.edu

Shenango

Joan Humphrey
Assistant Teaching Professor
Nursing Program Coordinator
147 Shenango Avenue
324 Lecture Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2963
jth14@psu.edu

University Park and World Campus

College of Nursing
Undergraduate Advising

201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. at Abington, Fayette, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Schuylkill, University Park, and World Campus Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 161*†13BIOL 163*†13
BIOL 162*†1BIOL 164*†11
PSYCH 100*† 13HDFS 129*† 13
ENGL 15 or 30H3NUTR 251*† 13
General Education Course (GH)13General Education Course (GQ)‡ 1,23
General Education Course (GA)13CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 130 or 110 and 111*23-4SOC 1 or 5*3
MICRB 106*† 13STAT 200 or 250*‡† 13-4
MICRB 107*†1NURS 251 or 352*3
NURS 390* 33NURS Supporting Course*3
NURS 357*3General Education Course (GH)13
Elective2-3 
 15-17 15-16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NURS 417*4NURS 200W*3
General Education Course (GA)13NURS 465*3
Elective 3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
 10 9
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NURS 475* 43Portfolio Credits for RN License33
NURS 400-level Supporting Course*3 
 6 33
Total Credits 120-123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes:

Typically, students entering NURN have the General Education and/or major requirements completed and will receive transfer credits. Speak with an adviser to have transfer transcripts evaluated.

Career Paths

Careers

Demand for nurses continues to rise. The B.S.N. degree in Nursing is rapidly becoming the degree of choice for many healthcare facilities, rendering baccalaureate-educated nurses highly marketable. Graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program have a vast array of rewarding employment opportunities. Employment settings include:

  • Trauma centers and community hospitals caring for the critically ill or injured
  • Home health agencies providing medical care to homebound clients
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care facilities
  • Hospice agencies caring for people with terminal illnesses
  • Schools or pediatric/neonatal units working with children and newborns
  • Military bases
  • Insurance agencies evaluating patient claims and teaching classes to insurance agents
  • Travel and cruise ship nursing

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE NURSING, R.N. TO B.S.N. PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A baccalaureate degree in nursing is typically required to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, which prepares the nurse for roles such as nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator and nurse researcher. The College of Nursing at Penn State offers several advanced-degree options for B.S.N.-educated nurses. On-campus options are available for nurses interested in advanced clinical practice roles such as a Nurse Practitioner, or in research through the Ph.D. program. Several online options are offered to provide flexibility to working nurses across the country. These programs include M.S.N. degrees in Nurse Administration and Nurse Education and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree for nurses pursuing specialization in healthcare leadership.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
202-887-6791 - Phone
202-887-8476 – Fax
http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF NURSING

Contact

Abington

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7398
bmh17@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/nursing-rn-bs-degree-program

Fayette

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4220
mbm12@psu.edu

https://fayette.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/nursing-rn-bsn

Mont Alto

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
104F Sci-Tech
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6205
cmb207@psu.edu

http://montalto.psu.edu/directory/baccalaureate-rn-bs-program

New Kensington

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6725
jmk24@psu.edu

http://newkensington.psu.edu/nursing-rn-bs

Schuylkill

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
C007 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6266
mta133@psu.edu

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/nursing

Shenango

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
147 Shenango Avenue
324 Lecture Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2963
jth14@psu.edu

http://shenango.psu.edu/nursing

University Park and World Campus

NURSING MAJOR - RN to B.S.N.
UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING OFFICE
201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

https://www.nursing.psu.edu/rn-to-bsn-degree-program/