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Can I go to school part time or full time?
Students can take courses part time or full time in any course sequence as long as pre-requisite courses are met. However, nursing courses must be taken in semester sequence and pre-requisites for courses must be fulfilled prior to enrollment.

When will my clinical hours be scheduled?
In addition to classroom study, students are scheduled clinical hours in the nursing lab, and in health care agencies in the Fayette County area. Students will be scheduled 12 to 15 clinical hours per week.

Clinical hours will vary according to the course requirements and may occur in the day, afternoon, evening and weekend. This schedule is dependent on the availability of clinical agencies availability and course requirements.

Where will clinical experience be held?
Students will spend a significant amount of time with supervised experience in direct patient care at all the major health care providers in the Fayette County area.

I have a BS degree in another major. Is there a way to complete a BS in nursing?
Yes, however, you must complete the A.S. nursing requirements to obtain an R.N. license first. You can then finish the BS degree either full time or part time through Penn State's RN/BS curriculum.

It is likely that many of your credits from your first baccalaureate degree will apply to your BS in nursing. However, each situation is unique so it is recommended that you call 724-430-4220 to set up an appointment with the nursing program advisor to discuss your individual situation.

What will it take to complete a BS degree in nursing at Penn State after I graduate with the A.S. in nursing?
You can begin immediately upon graduation requesting re-enrollment to the RN/BS nursing program. You can start taking additional general education credits towards your baccalaureate degree in nursing and once you become an RN you can enroll in the RN/BS nursing courses.

There is an additional 28 credits in nursing required for the baccalaureate degree. Of these 28 credits, 4 credits are devoted to clinical experiences which are developed collaboratively with the student and instructor to meet the individual student learning needs.

What courses will transfer from other academic institutions?
Penn State accepts many credits from other colleges and Universities. Please refer to the Penn State Admissions home page link that discusses credit transfer policies. The School of Nursing determines how transfer credits apply to nursing curricular requirements.

Can I start taking classes now?
Yes, students may begin taking classes at any time to be considered as a change of major in the future. Your initial admission category and how you are enrolled depends on your academic background, the point of time when you decide to take classes, etc. It's best to contact the Admissions Office to discuss which admission category is appropriate for you to begin. Please refer to the Pool Group Criteria that identifies specific criteria for future 2NURS consideration.

What courses can I start taking?
The courses you need for the degree are listed in the nursing program website. Any non nursing course can be taken. Many courses are the same but have different names. You may erroneously take a class you already have so you need to cautious.

I am already an R.N. What will it take to complete a BS degree in nursing at Penn State?
As an RN you can enroll in the RN/BS program. This will require some additional general education courses and a specialized curriculum for the RN student. There is an additional 28 credits in nursing. Of these 28 credits, 4 credits are clinical experience which is developed collaboratively with the student and instructor to meet the individual student learning needs.