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About Us

Message from the Dean

Hear from Laurie Badzek and watch a video highlighting her perspectives on leadership, connections, and relationships.

Contact the Dean’s office: 201 Nursing Sciences Building, University Park, PA 16802 Phone: 814-863-0245

Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Plan

Read about the strategic goals of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, as well as the mission that guides us.

Download the strategic plan booklet >

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s students, faculty, and staff.

Assessment and Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The Pennsylvania State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

Click here to view the college’s Certificate of Membership to AACN.

Center of Excellence

The Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing has been named a Center of Excellence (COE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The college achieved this recognition for “creating environments that promote the pedagogical expertise of faculty,” according to the league, exemplifying the college’s investment in its nurse educators and their professional growth. Penn State Nursing is the only school throughout the commonwealth to hold a designation in this category.

History of the College

Read a brief overview of the college and its history.

Penn State Nursing Magazine


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence