Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Build Your Career with an Online RN to B.S.

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

Why the RN to B.S. Online Program at Penn State

Take classes anywhere — With Penn State World Campus, all RN to B.S. classes 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 B.S. program. 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.

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

Recognition — The Penn State RN to B.S program is one of the top online programs in the nation. It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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 B.S. program may be the right choice for you. The B.S. 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 B.S. 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 B.S. program.

Penn State RN to B.S. 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

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.