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Message from the Interim Dean

Greetings from the Penn State College of Nursing!

Penn State is a world-class university with world-class resources. At the College of Nursing, we take great pride in our student-centered environment. Low student-to-faculty ratios allow students to develop strong, supportive relationships with professors and one another.

What makes Penn State Nursing special? Our core values tell the story:

  • Integrity, Civility, and Respect—We value honesty and strong moral principles in practice, academics, and research. We demand respect for others in all of our interactions with others, regardless of our differences.
  • Community—We value the integrity of groups of people with shared interests or goals—our college is a “community of scholars” and we engage with many other communities across our programs of study and research.
  • Collaboration—We value bringing multiple perspectives or multiple voices to our thinking by working with other organizations and interdisciplinary colleagues.
  • Leadership—We know that education is not only about learning new content or skills; it is also about learning how to influence change by leading others to reach shared goals.
  • Innovation—We value the capacity to think differently, to devise new solutions to old issues. Our programs spur you to think creatively, to explore and test new solutions.
  • Excellence—Our community of scholars strives to be outstanding—not just good, but outstanding.
  • Unity—As you will see on our website, we are one College of Nursing, geographically dispersed across multiple campuses and online destinations.

Please take some time to explore our website and get a glimpse into how we are educating the next generation of nurses. Explore our strategic plan to understand how we are aligning our mission with our vision. The future of nursing is in your hands—let us help you fulfill your dreams.


Janice Penrod, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Interim Dean and Professor
Penn State College of Nursing


The mission of the College 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.

Strategic Plan

College of Nursing Strategic Plan 2014–2019


The College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at The Pennsylvania State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001; 202-887-6791.


The College of Nursing features a complete range of educational programs in nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program has three options for study: the B.S.N., for those students who are entering the four-year program of study for an initial professional degree, the Second Degree option for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, and the RN to B.S.N. for RNs who wish to complete the B.S.N. degree.

Our master’s programs include an M.S.N. program with five options for advanced nursing roles. Two options—Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator—are offered fully online through Penn State World Campus. There is also a B.S.N.–Ph.D. program that incorporates an M.S. degree as preparation for the Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Nursing and dual-title Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics are designed to develop clinical scholars, faculty, and researchers who can teach and provide leadership through scientific inquiry and innovative practice.

The D.N.P. program prepares nurse leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Offered online through Penn State World Campus, the program also requires three in-person intensives.

Selected programs are offered at various locations across the state


Geographic dispersion helps us to extend our offerings to students across the state and to positively influence the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth, even in the most rural areas. The beauty of the system is that wherever you choose to study, you are a part of Penn State University and all that it represents!

Types of Nursing programs offered at each Penn State campus:

Nurse Practitioner courses are also available at Penn State Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses.

Additional Information

To request undergraduate information, please contact your nearest campus.

To request graduate information, please contact


The Penn State College of Nursing is an advisory board member organization for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), a statewide coalition of nursing and non-nursing stakeholders endorsed by the Campaign for Action: Future of Nursing (a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation andAARP). PA-AC works to promote a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility, and safety of nursing. These advances are the result of implementation of recommendations presented by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report and through strategic partnerships throughout the state.