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Re-Enrollment Requirements for General B.S.N. and Second Degree Students

RN to B.S.N. Students planning to resume studies after time away with Penn State please visit

Since time required to complete the Nursing Program depends upon course sequencing, plan of study and clinical placement availability, the College of Nursing has re-enrollment requirements for General B.S.N and Second Degree B.S.N. students that are in addition to University policies.

Optimally, students should complete their respective program (General B.S.N. – 4 year; Second Degree– 16 months) according to the designated Recommended Academic Plan (RAP). Academic progression in the nursing program supports the development and synthesis of the necessary skills from fundamental understanding to complex critical thinking. The academic progression is designed to support educational success, licensure and transition to practice.


To facilitate timely progression and ultimate success, the College of Nursing has in place the following guidelines:

Students may do only ONE of the following:

1.  Drop only one required nursing course during the regular drop/add period and only one time. OR

2.  Withdraw from the University only one time once enrolled in the Nursing program. OR

3.  Take a leave of absence only one time.

Note: Any of the above three actions will prolong the student’s progression by at least one year and could be longer if space is not available.


Students re-entering:

1.  Must provide the Nursing Program Coordinator with a written intent to return to the program 3 months prior to the semester when they will return (see the following table):

Returning Semester Notification Deadline
Spring Semester October 1st of the preceding year
Summer Semester February 1st of the same year
Fall Semester April 1st of the same year


2.  Must complete the University’s re-enrollment requirement prior to re-entering the program. (

3. Are responsible for any fees associated with re-entry (i.e. re-enrollment fee).

4. Will return under the current curriculum requirements.

5. May be required to complete additional course work, repeat ATI testing/review course requirements and/ or demonstrate competency of skills.

6. Must meet all program compliance requirements at least one month prior to the start of the semester of return.

7. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs may approve exceptions in extreme situations. The exception would require student review and development of an individualized plan of study.



Re-entry into the program is not guaranteed and approvals are dependent upon resources and clinical availability.

Please contact the campus coordinator for military exception to this policy.

All exceptions must be approved by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs prior to the start of the semester.

Effective Spring, 2015 AS Council Approval: 12/8/14 B.S.N. Council Approval: 12/1/14 Undergraduate Affairs Approval: 12/8/14 Revised: 10/2015, 1/27/2017 Editorial Changes: 1/30/2017 Editorial Changes: 12/8/2017


RN to B.S.N. students planning to resume studies after time away with Penn State please visit  (resident campus students) or (World Campus students) for more information that can be helpful in determining which of the following paths to take when returning to the University.


Re-enrollment allows former degree-seeking students to resume their studies. Traditional-aged students need to apply for re-enrollment after being away from school for one semester. Adult learners need to apply for re-enrollment after being away from school for 3 or more years. Students who qualify for re-enrollment:

  • have a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA as of their most recent semester at Penn State
  • meet the entrance-to-major requirements of their intended degree program
  • are in good disciplinary standing with the University.

In order to re-enroll with Penn State, students will need to fill out the Re-enrollment Form and submit the Re-enrollment fee to the campus in which they plan to enroll.


Adult Learners who wish to return to the University after a period of non-enrollment do not need to follow the re-enrollment procedures if all of the following criteria apply:

  • the period of non-enrollment has been less than three years,
  • the student is seeking entrance to a major in which they were previously enrolled, and
  • the requested major is authorized to be eligible for this exception. (Nursing has authorized this for RN to B.S.N. students.)

The adult learner who does not meet the above criteria must apply for re-enrollment.


Reinstatement is a procedure that allows former degree candidates who have been dropped for poor scholarship to resume degree candidacy after meeting the criteria for reinstatement either by enrolling as a non-degree-conditional student or through academic renewal. Students who qualify for reinstatement:

  • have a cumulative GPA below 2.00
  • were dropped for poor academic performance or have non-degree conditional status as of their most recent semester at Penn State
  • otherwise meet the admissions requirements for their intended degree
  • are in good disciplinary standing with the University

In order to be reinstated with Penn State, students need to fill out the Reinstatement Form and submit the Reinstatement fee to the campus in which they plan to enroll.


Academic Renewal is frequently an option for students considering reinstatement. To qualify, returning students must not have taken any Penn State courses in the last four years. Academic renewal allows a returning student to retain any Penn State courses with a C or higher letter grade and to reset their GPA.

It is necessary for the student to meet with an academic adviser to consider carefully the advantages and disadvantages of academic renewal in relation to his or her academic record and progress toward a degree. For example, if the student has received a D in a number of courses that would meet degree requirements, the renewal might not be appropriate because it could unnecessarily delay the student’s progress.


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