Students with Bachelor's Degrees Can Now Pursue Accelerated Nursing B.S. Degree

March 5, 2009

The University and the State Board of Nursing recently approved a new Nursing program, known as the Second Degree option, that allows students who have obtained a non-Nursing bachelor's degree to pursue a Nursing B.S. degree in a shortened time frame. All prospective students will go through a review process, and must have met all prerequisite course requirements.

The program includes a rigorous sixteen-month educational curriculum that combines course work with numerous hours of clinical practice at facilities surrounding Penn State Altoona. After earning the bachelor's degree, students will be eligible to take the national examination for licensure as registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

At this time, this option is only available at Penn State Altoona. The first class of twenty will be admitted for fall 2009.


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