Earn an Associate in Nursing
ALERT! A.S. program in Nursing transitioning to B.S. program in Nursing
The national picture of nursing education is changing. As a leader in the field, Penn State is transitioning the associate of science (A.S.) degree to a baccalaureate of science (B.S.) degree in Nursing at the Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. This transition aligns with the future of nursing practice and projected employment patterns.
The fall 2014 semester will be the final opportunity for admission to the two-year associate of science (A.S.) program in Nursing, and the first opportunity for admission to the four-year baccalaureate of science (B.S.) program in Nursing at these five campuses.
Details will be posted on this website at a later date. Please check back often.
Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing
Nursing provides the opportunity to help people of all ages - physically, mentally, and socially. The College of Nursing at Penn State Fayette offers degree options for those seeking eligibility for registered nurse (RN) licensure as well as for registered nurses pursuing the baccalaureate degree through advanced standing. The program is structured to permit you to pursue a degree in nursing with convenience in your home area. At Fayette campus, the nursing programs are housed in the brand new, state-of-the-art Biomedical Technology Building. Major shortages in nursing are predicted over the next ten years. Job opportunities are plentiful and increasing at a rapid rate!
Upon completion of the associate degree in nursing at Penn State Fayette, you are eligible for the Registered Nurse Licensure Examination, required for registered nurse status as well as for a variety of acute and long-term care careers. Licensed practical nurses can test out of the first year of nursing courses, which provides the opportunity to graduate with the associate degree program will transfer to the baccalaureate degree program.
A Penn State associate degree graduate with RN licensure can seek employment in many different specialty areas - maternity and newborn; pediatrics; mental health; acute or chronic medical and surgical rehabilitation; long-term care.
The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commision for Education in Nursing (ACEN).