RN to B.S.N. Curriculum

RN to B.S.N. Curriculum

Penn State’s 120-credit RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program focuses on current topics in the field of nursing, including data management, ethics, and nursing research. Because you are already an RN, you may receive 33 of those credits by portfolio. In addition to program-specific General Education courses, you must complete a total of 28 nursing credits (22 required + 6 elective) to satisfy degree requirements. Please note: when taking General Education and Nursing courses, 36 of the final 60 credits taken MUST be taken at Penn State to earn your degree.

Required (22 credits):
NURS 200W Principles of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
NURS 251 Health Assessment (3 credits)
NURS 357 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
NURS 390 Transition and the Professional Nursing Role (3 credits)
NURS 417 Family and Community Health Concepts (4 credits)
NURS 465 Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs (3 credits)
NURS 475 Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):
NURS 458 Ethical Challenges in Health Care Informatics (3 credits)
NURS 460 Advanced Concepts in Clinical Nursing Informatics (3 credits)

NURS 401 Concepts of Health (3 credits)
NURS 402 Holistic Health (3 credits)
*NURS 409 Introduction to Forensic Nursing (3 credits)
*NURS 410 Forensic Evidence Collection and Preservation (3 credits)

*NURS 409 and NURS 410 are two of four courses which comprise Penn State's Nursing Forensics Certificate.