Associate Degree

Program transition announced

A.S. program in Nursing transitioning to B.S. program in Nursing

The national picture of nursing education is changing. As a leader in the field, Penn State is transitioning the associate of science (A.S.) degree to a baccalaureate of science (B.S.) degree in Nursing at the Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. This transition aligns with the future of nursing practice and projected employment patterns.

The fall 2014 semester will be the final opportunity for admission to the two-year associate of science (A.S.) program in Nursing. This two-year program is open to high school students or adults with fewer than 18 college credits; current or previous Penn State students; and students transferring from another college or university. The application deadline is November 30, 2013. Individuals who have never been admitted to Penn State should apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Current or previous students should apply here.

Fall 2014 will be the first opportunity for high school students or adults with fewer than 18 college credits to apply to the four-year bachelor of science (B.S.) program in Nursing at the five campuses listed above. Interested students should apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office before November 30, 2013. If accepted into the Nursing program, students will spend all four years at the campus to which they are admitted. Beginning in fall 2015, the campus program will be open to current or previous Penn State students or those transferring from another college or university.

The B.S. program in Nursing at University Park will continue to admit only high school students or adults with fewer than 18 college credits. Beginning in fall 2014, all students accepted to this program will begin at University Park campus. Current or previous Penn State students as well as those transferring from another college or university are not eligible for this program.

Associate Degree Program

The associate degree program is offered at five campuses. It has a role in providing nurses to medically underserved regions of the state. This is a concentrated two-year program that includes a combination of science, liberal arts, and focused nursing courses. After earning an associate degree, students are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as registered nurses (NCLEX). The College of Nursing supports the national movement toward the baccalaureate degrees for entry-level nurses and encourages associate degree graduates to pursue a baccalaureate degree or higher.

Admission Requirement Update

Admission to the two-year associate of science program in Nursing is limited to students who are (1) entering Penn State for the first time, reenrolling, or changing majors from 2NRCM, DUS, NURS, or nondegree or provisional status; or (2) transferring from another university. Please review the A.S. Program Admission Information page.

For priority consideration, current or previous Penn State students must submit an A.S. in Nursing application by November 30 to the College of Nursing at University Park campus. Candidates will be notified of the admission decision by e-mail.

Please contact one of the 2NURS campuses for more information.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Associate of Science Program in Nursing the students
will be able to:

  • Evaluate the wellness–illness status of the individual, family, and
    groups within the community in relationship to life span, development,
    communications, relationships, multiple health needs, adaptation and
    diversity.
  • Appraise environmental factors, which influence the health and
    health care of clients in a variety of settings.
  • Support optimal levels of wellness of individuals, families, and
    groups within the community.
  • Integrate concepts related to the role of the associate degree nurse
    as provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline
    of nursing.
  • Relate interpreted research findings to nursing practice situations.
  • Value the nursing process as means of providing a comprehensive plan
    of care for select clients, families, and groups within the community.

Career Opportunities

The associate degree program in nursing prepares graduates for the registered nurse licensure examination and employment in a variety of acute and long-term care settings.

As nursing professionals, graduates collaborate with colleagues in nursing and other disciplines to:

  • Provide direct care to patients
  • Develop a comprehensive plan of care
  • Facilitate the development of an optimum level of health for clients and families

Location

The associate degree program is offered at:

Student in a clinical setting