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World Campus

The College of Nursing has many degree options available through the World Campus. Our online options help make a top-notch education available outside of the classroom.

Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education

The Graduate Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education, developed by Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State’s College of Nursing and the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE), can prepare persons with a master’s degree in nursing or a related health discipline to:

  • become geriatric-expert faculty and educational leaders
  • train faculty with high levels of gerontological knowledge who will go on to teach registered nurses and other health professionals at the associate or bachelors degree levels
  • instruct professional educators who can transform the environment in which geriatric health care is taught and practiced

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Graduate Certificate in Nurse Administrator

As medical conditions become increasingly complex across our population, nurses will continue to be an integral part of the overall care of patients. However, nurses with the ability to lead and manage people, and who also possess the knowledge of how to improve the business processes in a hospital or health system, will be in high demand.

With the completely online format of the 9-credit graduate certificate, you don’t need to put your life on hold to continue your nursing education. This certificate supports the unique needs of working adults, like you, who are juggling full-time jobs, families, and other commitments.


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Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator

As medical diagnoses and patient care become more complex, a serious nursing shortage could impact the quality of nursing staff in the United States. And, unfortunately, since there are fewer nurses with the background to teach prospective students, many nursing programs are forced to turn away qualified applicants.

Offered in a partnership between Penn State World Campus and the highly respected College of Nursing, the relevant curriculum is delivered in a convenient online format, covering such topics as:

  • nursing education theories and strategies
  • assessment and evaluation in nursing education
  • curriculum and program development in nursing education


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RN to BSN in Nursing

Health care is moving ahead; shouldn’t your career? As nursing becomes more complex, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can help move your career forward. Our RN to BSN program builds and expands on the RN competencies needed to lead change and positively affect the health care industry. Earning a BSN degree can also properly prepare you to attend graduate school.


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Master of Science in Nursing

The health care landscape is constantly changing. As a nurse, you need to stay on top of the latest health practices, delivery systems, regulations, and administrative procedures. In addition, with research indicating a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes, it’s no longer a luxury to update your knowledge; it’s a necessity.

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can prepare you for leadership and educational positions by helping you stay in the forefront of this dynamic industry.


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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional, practice-focused doctoral degree designed to prepare highly qualified advanced practice nurses to be leaders and deliver expert nursing care and ultimately improve health care outcomes. This degree is designed for you if you are a nurse who plans to continue in a practice role, and you have already received a bachelor’s or master’s degree with a major in nursing.


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Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Forensics

A high number of patients who access health care services are the victims of violence, abuse, or neglect. Professionals trained in forensic nursing are often the first line of defense for these victims when they enter the health care system.

With the patient as the first priority, the actual role of forensic nurses goes far beyond medical care. They have specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation, and documentation. Often their proper observation, collection, and preservation of evidence can be critical in determining the legal outcome of traumatic events.


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Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics

This is a 9-credit course series designed to provide you with informatics knowledge and to prepare you to support, promote, and assist in the implementation and efficient, ethical, and safe use of informatics tools in information- and technology-rich health care environments. Courses in the certificate emphasize the use of informatics tools, such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, database management and data mining, patient safety technologies such as Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), RFID technologies, and smart pumps.

Through this dynamic curriculum, you can learn new skills, including system evaluations, quality improvement, and patient safety, to support organizational knowledge management and to promote public health.


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Undergraduate Certificate in Nursing Management

If you are a nurse who aspires to a supervisory role, this 12-credit online certificate program can help you demonstrate your initiative and learn management skills, as you enhance the credentials on your resume. This program can also provide you with an understanding of the basics of health care organizations and administration; show you how to analyze and manage health care data; and help you apply the latest techniques of personnel management while studying online, at your convenience.


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World Campus Events

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Informational Webinar

Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

If you are interested in Penn State’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, offered online through Penn State World Campus, this webinar will provide you with an opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have, and also hear what the program is like.

Register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The DNP courses and curriculum, including the two entry options for the program
  • Details about the program’s doctoral benchmarks
  • What to expect as a student in the online program
  • Important requirements for applying to the program
  • The application process and recommendations for next steps

There will be plenty of time at the end of the webinar to ask your own questions, too. So, make plans to join us!