Penn State Worthington Scranton offers the following nursing degrees.
Nursing students evaluating patient SimMan during class.
Bachelor of Science Degree
Established in 1965, the General B.S. program is a four-year program that combines a broad liberal arts and science foundation with an extensive range of nursing courses. The program prepares students to provide nursing care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, long-term care, clinics, and health care/community agencies.
Students gain experience in diverse settings such as academic medical centers, rural hospitals, community agencies, schools, and prisons. After earning the B.S., students are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX).
Why a four-year nursing degree?
A four-year education helps nurses navigate the increasingly complex medical field. In its report
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree by 2020. Hospitals applying for Magnet status employ a larger percentage of nurses with a B.S. degree than those without. Many institutions have higher pay grades for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. A four-year degree is also the foundation for the advanced education needed for advanced practice positions (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist) and other advanced nursing roles (administrator, educator, or researcher).
Recommended Academic Plan for BS in Nursing
For more information, please call:
Nursing Department 570-963-2644
Penn State's associate and baccalaureate programs in nursing are accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Nursing Program Coordinator
Dr. Milton Evans, Instructor, Nursing
Office: Library Room 4
RN to BS Undergraduate Program Bulletin Description
Recommended Academic Plan for RN to BSN
Degrees and Minors
- Nursing BS