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Nursing Program

The Nursing program at Penn State New Kensington is a great way for Registered Nurses (RNs) to advance their nursing educations.


The schedule and flexibility of this RN to BS program is conducive to working students.  

Nurses who start in the fall semester can complete their nursing courses in 1 year (3 semesters and 1 summer).  Most nursing courses are 8 weeks long, and they are offered in the evenings. Nursing electives are offered in 8 hour seminars which can be completed in 3 days.  Registered nurses receive 33 transfer credits through portfolio for the basic nursing education they already have.  Plus, no challenge exams are required. 

Clinical courses focus on the extended role of the nurse, such as in education, administration, and research, and students may complete clinical requirements with a preceptor of their choice.


In addition to offering the traditional RN to BS degree, the Nursing program offers:

  • an annual Nursing conference that provides contact hours towards RN license renewal
  • a Nursing Management Certificate 
  • advising for students enrolled in prerequisite courses for pre-professional programs 

Graduates of our RN to BS degree program are employed in a variety of areas, such as faculty in schools of nursing and education departments of hospitals, coordinators of quality improvement programs, nurse researchers in hospitals and nurse practitioners in health care facilities and the community.

For more information, contact the Nursing program.


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