Degree Options

Degree Options

B.S. in Nursing

  • Designed for working nurses, most of whom complete the program part-time.
  • Many courses offered evenings, weekends, and in a hybrid format (a combination of online and face-to-face).
  • Penn State Harrisburg is the primary location, although classes may be offered in Hershey, Harrisburg, or Camp Hill. 


  • Four nursing theory courses
  • Three clinical courses
  • Two nursing electives along with any general education courses 
  • Clinical courses, designed to help students meet their personal and professional goals, are handled by faculty and preceptors with student input on experience and schedule.
  • Based upon demand, general education and nursing courses may occasionally be offered on-site at your place of employment.

Accelerated Second Degree

  • For individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another field who are interested in a career change to nursing. 
  • Intensive, 16 month, cohort-based accelerated offering.
  • Consists of 4 full-time, consecutive semesters, beginning each fall (late August).
  • Graduation is in December of the second fall semester and culminates with the traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony and Penn State Harrisburg Commencement Ceremony.
  • Penn State Harrisburg's Second Degree Program is one of only two offered throughout the University. 
  • Many regionally and nationally recognized healthcare facilities are in our geographic region, including Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Pinnacle Health System, Holy Spirit Health System, and Masonic Village. Located in a residential area, the college is also within a few hours drive of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City.