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RNs can earn BS degree in three semesters at Penn State Fayette

4/4/2009 —
Interested RNs are encouraged to apply now to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus for the campus’ accelerated RN to BS program. A limited number of seats are available for the program, which will be starting a new cycle in the fall at the Uniontown, Pa., campus.

The accelerated program at Penn State Fayette started in fall 2008 and allows registered nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree in three semesters—an achievement that usually takes two years or more. To streamline the process, the courses are taught in a “blended” format, including in-class, Web-enhanced, and Web-delivered offerings. Also, each semester is divided into two seven-week sessions, further aiding the compression of the course content. Students need to spend only one day per week on campus, and clinical experiences are coordinated with partnering health-care institutions.

Penn State Fayette is one of two Penn State campuses (the other is the Altoona campus) offering the accelerated program, which is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Fayette campus was selected in part because of its location in a rural county that borders other rural or underserved counties.

“The importance of increasing the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees has been identified in the state and this program will help enhance the quality of health care in our region,” explains Melissa Miner, coordinator of Penn State Fayette’s nursing program.

Miner reports students in the initial cohort are pleased with how the program meets their professional and personal needs. “Because of the way the program is set up, nurses can keep their jobs while pursuing their advanced degree. And it is the most-accelerated program offered in the region.”

RNs interested in learning more about the accelerated RN to BS program at Penn State Fayette can call 724-430-4220 or go online at www.fayette.psu.edu/Academics and click on degrees and minors.

The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Grants, scholarship and loan programs are available for students who qualify.

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