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. Beginning in fall 2014, students must begin 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.

Revised B.S. Nursing Admission Process Effective Fall 2014

The four-year general B.S. program in Nursing is through first-year admission only.

Change of Major

Change-of-major students are not accepted into the four-year B.S. program in Nursing at University Park. 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.

Transfer (advanced standing) students

Transfer admission at University Park is on a space-available basis and is limited to students with at least one year of clinical course work completed at an accredited B.S. nursing program, with exceptional grades and performance. 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.