Pathways to Nursing

Pathways to Nursing

Penn State Abington offers students the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing while staying in the Philadelphia area. These opportunities involve partnerships with local nursing schools and Thomas Jefferson University.

Step 1: Complete prerequisite, pre-nursing coursework at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington offers the required science and general education courses necessary to prepare for admission to one of the partnering nursing programs.

  • Anatomy - BIOL 129
  • Physiology - BIOL 141 & 142
  • Chemistry - CHEM 101 or CHEM 110 & 111
  • Microbiology - MICRO 106 & 107
  • Nutrition - NUTR 251
  • Psychology - PSYCH 100
  • Sociology - SOC 001 or 005
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HD FS 129
  • Statistics - STAT 200 or 250

Students have the opportunity to apply these courses to earn Penn State Abington's Health Science Professions Certificate and/or the associate degree in Letters, Arts & Sciences.

Step 2: Earn your diploma from a partner nursing school

Upon successful completion of prerequisite course work and admissions requirements, students apply to attend one of our partner schools to continue their education.

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing

  • Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
  • Application deadlines: Feb 1
  • Program length: 2 years, full-time
  • Day and Evening/Weekend programs available

Aria Health School of Nursing

  • Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
  • Application deadline - Feb 1 for Sept admission, Jul 1 for Jan admission
  • Program length - 2 years, 10 months

Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

  • Degree: Diploma (RN) in Nursing
  • Application deadline - rolling admission
  • Program length - 21 months

Step 3: Earn your B.S. in Nursing (RN to B.S.) at Penn State Abington

A student’s college course work in combination with the diploma in nursing from one of the partnering nursing schools and completion of the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX) can be applied towards Penn State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Partner nursing programs work with Penn State Abington to provide students with a seamless and accelerated transition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program where students complete the remaining degree requirements.

More information about the RN to B.S. in Nursing