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Penn State College of Nursing


Educating tomorrow's leaders in nursing education, research, and practice.


Since its creation in 1964, the Penn State School of Nursing has grown to become a nationally respected program. In 2008, the school became an independent academic unit, which provided the school with greater visibility and elevated its status with respect to its peer nursing programs at other universities.

Today, the school prepares more students each year for careers in nursing than any other program in Pennsylvania. The school offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs to more than 1,500 students annually at 13 Penn State campuses. In addition, the school offers certification and training online, which allows the school to extend its offerings to students throughout Pennsylvania and improve the health and well-being of all citizens within the Commonwealth.

The master's program includes clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner options that help to prepare graduates for advanced clinical practice. The doctoral program, started in 1996, is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to develop clinical scholars, faculty, and researchers who can teach and provide leadership through scientific inquiry and innovative practice.

Faculty in the school conduct cutting-edge research that focuses on reducing the impact of chronic illness across the life span. The school places a strong emphasis on gerontological research; in 2007, the school was selected as one of nine nationwide to host a John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence to promote the education of high-quality geriatric nursing leaders.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to improve the health of all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through the development of qualified nurse leaders at all levels of practice; the development of nursing science related to health and health care; and the provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. This mission will be accomplished through the integrated programs of nursing education, research, scholarship, and outreach.


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Baccalaureate degree (B.S.N.) programs:
-- B.S.N. (General Nursing, Second Degree)
-- RN to B.S.N.

Master's degree (M.S.N.) programs:
-- Family Nurse Practitioner
-- Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
-- Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
-- Nurse Educator
-- Nurse Administrator

Post-master's certificate programs

Doctoral programs (Ph.D., D.N.P.)

Accelerated B.S.N. to Ph.D. program

Part-time study available; some programs and courses offered online

Address: 201 Nursing Sciences Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0245
State: PA
City: University Park
Street Number: 201 Nursing Sciences Building
Zip Code: 16802
categories: college & university

Working Hours
Monday: 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday: 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday: 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday: 08:30 - 16:30
Friday: 08:30 - 16:30

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