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Penn State supports three different path ways for earning the BS degree in nursing. All of the path ways are fully accredited by the ACEN (formerly NLNAC), approved by the State Board of Nursing and the BS degrees are also accredited by the CCNE.

Path 1:

Apply for admission to Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing or Mercy College at St. Elizabeth's in Youngstown.  While at Sharon Regional School of Nursing, you will take basic sciences, some general education requirements, and at least two of the BS nursing requirements at Penn State Shenango.  Mercy College in Youngstown, you will take basic sciences and some general education courses at another university.  Sit for the Registered Nurse licensure exam upon completion of the hospital diploma program, or the AD program at Mercy College.  Return to Shenango to complete the BS in nursing requirements.  All Penn State credits are required for the hospital diploma school and Mercy College count toward the RN to BS program at Shenango.  In addition, hospital diploma school graduates receive 33 credits by portfolio for basic nursing courses.

Path 2:

Enter Penn State Shenango and take prerequisite courses required for completion of an associate degree or a diploma program in nursing at Jameson Hospital in New Castle (Jameson requires completion of prerequisties prior to admission). Apply for admission to a diploma school or an AD program to earn the RN license after successful completion of prerequisite courses. This option is best for students who wish to go to school on a part-time basis or for those with weak high school academic records.

Path 3:

Students apply for admission to the BS degree in nursing as freshmen and report directly to the University Park campus. Clinical rotations occur at the University Park campus and the Hershey Medical Center. Students must provide their own transportation to these clinical sites. Sit for the Registered Nurse licensure exam upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.

If you are interested, please contact:

Dr. Kathy Mastrian
Associate Professor, Nursing
Campus Coordinator for Nursing Program
Email: kgm1@psu.edu
Phone: (724)-983-2871

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Shenango Admissions Office at
(724) 983-2803.