Penn State Nursing programs, including those at Penn State Harrisburg, prepare you to graduate and immediately enter a clinical setting or continue to graduate education. If you are a veteran nurse returning for a baccalaureate degree, you will be prepared to implement your new skills and knowledge in the workplace or to continue to graduate school. Penn State Nursing offers students exceptional undergraduate and graduate level academic programs, internationally-recognized research, highly regarded faculty, an extensive outreach network, and opportunities for international experience.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses as professional practitioners in health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation. Penn State Harrisburg offers the NURS-SCND (pre-license) option, an accelerated second baccalaureate degree.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate program at The Pennsylvania State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Professional Licensure and Certification Compliance
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.
The Penn State College of Nursing postponed the original accreditation visit by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education on March 18-20, 2020 for all of Penn State’s nursing programs in alignment with the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania's coronavirus mitigation efforts.
Accreditation Update: To ensure the safety of all stakeholders, Penn State will be hosting a virtual accreditation visit by the CCNE on January 27-29, 2021 for all of the university's accredited nursing programs. To learn more about the visit, go to https://www.nursing.psu.edu/a-message-from-the-dean/