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Entrance to Major Review

B.S.N. Program Admission Information

Returning to Penn State? Current Penn State student? Use the application linked below:

Nursing Major Application

First-year Students

(High school students or adults with fewer than 18 credits earned at another university)

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

The B.S.N. degree program is offered at Penn State Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, and Scranton, as well as University Park. Students must begin and remain at the campus to which they are admitted. The general B.S.N. 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 Ross and Carol Nese 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

Current and previous Penn State students and those from other universities will be considered for the B.S.N. program at Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, and Scranton campuses. 

University Park is first-year admission only. 

Students who meet the qualifications under “Requirements for Students Not Admitted Directly to the Major” (below) should complete the Nursing Major Application for consideration.*

* Current Penn State students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, including the courses listed below, are guaranteed admission to the program.

Students Transferring from Another College or University (Advanced Standing)

Transfer students will be considered for the B.S.N. program at Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, and Scranton campuses. Interested students should apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office for consideration.

University Park is first-year admission only.  

Requirements for Students Not Admitted Directly to the Major

By the end of fall semester of application:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (PSU BIOL 161 & 162 OR BIOL 129)
  • By the end of spring semester following application:

    • Anatomy & Physiology II (PSU BIOL 163 & 164 OR BIOL 141 & 142)
    • At least 9 additional non-remedial credits

    Application deadline is December 1. Applications received after December 1 are considered on a space-available basis only.

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

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

    Nursing Major Application


    Send an email to with any questions you may have.


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