B.S. Program Admission Information

First-year Students

First-year students are admitted directly to the B.S. program in Nursing in the fall semester only. Admission is competitive and requires a strong high school GPA.

The B.S. degree program is offered at Penn State Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton, as well as University Park. Students must begin and remain at the campus to which they are admitted. The general B.S. program is very sequential and takes four years to complete, regardless of the number of AP/IB credits. The Penn State application is available at the Undergraduate Admissions home page.

The College of Nursing requires state and federal criminal background checks of all Nursing students prior to their sophomore year. A criminal record may restrict clinical site availability, delay progress in the program, and/or delay the licensing exam. Students may not sit for the NCLEX if they have a felony conviction within the past ten years.

Students Changing Majors or Returning to Penn State

Beginning in fall 2015, current and previous Penn State students and those from other universities will be considered for the B.S. program at Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. University Park will remain first-year admission only.

Students interested in post-graduation opportunities in Nursing may apply to the Second Degree program in the fall of their senior year. See www.nursing.psu.edu/undergrad/seconddegree.html for prerequisite courses and more information.

Students Transferring from Another College or University (Advanced Standing)

Beginning in fall 2015, transfer students will be considered for the B.S. program at Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. University Park will remain first-year admission only.

Applicants are invited to email nursing@psu.edu for further information.

Requirements for Students Not Admitted Directly to the Major

  • BIOL 129 (Mammalian Anatomy)
    -OR-
    BIOL 141/142 (Introductory Physiology w/ lab)
    -OR-
    The equivalent of Anatomy and Physiology I at another college/university
    by the end of the fall semester of application
  • Both anatomy and physiology (or the equivalent at another college/university) by the end of the spring semester following application
  • At least 9 additional nonremedial credits

Application deadline is November 30. Applications received after November 30 are considered on a space-available basis only.

Current or previous Penn State students should use the online application form.

Students who have never taken courses at Penn State should apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Once enrolled in the Nursing program, it will take at least three years to complete the program, even if all non-nursing courses have already been completed. Students remain at their campus of admission for the duration of the program.