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Letter from the Dean

milone-nuzzo-1q8qsd8Hello and welcome to the Penn State College of Nursing website! During your visit, I hope you learn what the Penn State College of Nursing is doing to educate the next generation of nurses and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

By combining exceptional academic programs with a vibrant research enterprise, a strong outreach program, and opportunities to study abroad, the Penn State College of Nursing provides a rich, diverse educational experience to future professional and advanced practice nurses, nursing researchers, and nurse educators. This experience is grounded in a student-centered environment with small student-to-faculty ratios that allow students to develop strong, supportive relationships with their professors and one another. Leadership opportunities also exist through programs such as the Women’s Leadership Initiative or organizations such as the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania.

And let’s not forget the benefit of attending Penn State, a world-class university with world-class resources!

So, whether you’re studying in a library with more than 4 million volumes at your disposal, conducting research with one of the country’s leading experts in gerontological nursing, providing nursing care to someone in Appalachia, Africa, or South America, or just making new friends, we hope you’ll see that the Penn State College of Nursing is a great place to begin or advance your nursing career. Whatever your career goal may be, we want to help you reach it!

I encourage you to explore our website and see everything that Penn State and the College of Nursing have to offer.


Paula Milone-Nuzzo RN, Ph.D., FHHC, FAAN
Dean and Professor, 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 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs are accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-887-6791.


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

Our associate degree program prepares entry-level nurses for employment in a variety of acute and long-term care settings.

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.