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Build Your Career with an Online RN to BSN

Health care is moving ahead; shouldn’t your career? As nursing becomes more complex, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can help move your career forward. Our RN to BSN program builds and expands on the RN competencies needed to lead change and positively affect the health care industry. Earning a BSN degree can also properly prepare you to attend graduate school.

Why the RN to BSN Online Program at Penn State

Take classes anywhere — With Penn State World Campus, all RN to BSN courses are online and you can fulfill your clinical requirements near your home. You can also choose to take your nursing courses at an accelerated pace for ultimate flexibility through our Accelerated RN to BSN format. If you live near a Penn State campus and wish to participate in both classroom and online learning, you can blend the two experiences while earning your degree.

This program is CCNE Accredited

Recognition — The Penn State RN to BSN program is one of the top online programs in the nation. The College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs 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. Further information can be found at

Beyond a degree — You can enhance your professional credentials by earning one of our specialized certificates as you move from an RN to a BSN. Choose from certificates in Nursing Management, Nursing Informatics, or Nursing Forensics to help you set yourself apart from others on the career ladder. Some of the credits you earn in the certificate programs may be applied toward the requirements for your BSN degree. In addition, some courses in the certificate programs may apply toward graduate work or may satisfy continuing professional education requirements.

RN to BSN in Nursing Video

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Who Should Apply?

If you are a registered nurse with a valid United States RN license and you want to advance in your career, the online RN to BSN program may be the right choice for you. The BSN degree can help you move up to a supervisory role or build a solid foundation to become a clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner.

Career Opportunities for BSN Graduates

Research has established a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes. Additionally, graduates develop stronger professional-level skills such as communication, leadership, professional integration, and research/evaluation as a result of completing the BSN program.

Penn State RN to BSN graduates can choose from numerous career opportunities and work in different aspects of the health care industry, including:

  • administrative or management positions
  • education
  • research
  • consulting
  • community and public health centers
  • social work case management
  • specialization areas
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • insurance