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The mission of the College of Nursing is to improve the health of all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through the development of qualified nurse leaders at all levels of practice, the development of nursing science related to health and health care, and the provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. This mission will be accomplished through the integrated programs of nursing education, research, scholarship, and outreach.

Strategic Plan

College of Nursing Strategic Plan 2014–2019


The College of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

The B.S.N., M.S.N., M.S., and D.N.P. degree programs in nursing  and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The Pennsylvania State University, College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001; 202-887-6791.


The College of Nursing features a complete range of educational programs in nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program has three options for study: the B.S.N., for those students who are entering the four-year program of study for an initial professional degree, the Second Degree option for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, and the RN to B.S.N. for RNs who wish to complete the B.S.N. degree.

Our master’s programs include an M.S.N. program with five options for advanced nursing roles. Two options—Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator—are offered fully online through Penn State World Campus. There is also a B.S.N.–Ph.D. program that incorporates an M.S. degree as preparation for the Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Nursing and dual-title Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics are designed to develop clinical scholars, faculty, and researchers who can teach and provide leadership through scientific inquiry and innovative practice.

The D.N.P. program prepares nurse leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Offered online through Penn State World Campus, the program also requires three in-person intensives.

Selected programs are offered at various locations across the state


Geographic dispersion helps us to extend our offerings to students across the state and to positively influence the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth, even in the most rural areas. The beauty of the system is that wherever you choose to study, you are a part of Penn State University and all that it represents!

Types of Nursing programs offered at each Penn State campus:

Nurse Practitioner courses are also available at Penn State Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses.

Additional Information

To request undergraduate information, please contact your nearest campus.

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The Penn State College of Nursing is an advisory board member organization for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), a statewide coalition of nursing and non-nursing stakeholders endorsed by the Campaign for Action: Future of Nursing (a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation andAARP). PA-AC works to promote a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility, and safety of nursing. These advances are the result of implementation of recommendations presented by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report and through strategic partnerships throughout the state.