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Accelerated BS in Nursing Degree for Registered Nurses

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Penn State Schuylkill's Accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing Program Available at Penn State Berks.

The RN to B.S. in Nursing program helps prepare nurses to meet the many changes in the health care field by expanding and enhancing their nursing education. The Institute of medicine has recommended that 80% of nurses have a bachelor's degree by 2020. 

This program is open to registered nurses who have either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. Penn State will award 33 credits nursing credits based on their RN license.

These 7-week accelerated classes are held in special classrooms that include the latest interactive video conferencing technology, allowing individuals to experience real-time classroom collaboration with instructors and peers--both in the same classroom and at other campus locations.  Because these courses are accelerated, online course work is also included to complement the classroom experience.

Benefits of Penn State's RN to BS Program:

  • Builds on the solid foundation of the registered nurses' basic nursing program
  • Prepares the registered nurse to meet the rapid changes in health care
  • Introduces the registered nurse to diverse and non-traditional aspects of nursing such as administration, pharmaceutical sales, managed care, and insurance
  • Provides a course schedule designed to meet the needs of the working nurse

2014-2015 Classes Scheduled 

FALL I 2014

  • ENGL 202D, Effective Business Writing, 8:00 a.m - noon
  • NURS 357, Introduction to Nursing Informatics,  noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • NURS 390, Transition and the professional Nursing Role, 4:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.

FALL II 2014 

  • STAT 250, Introduction to Biostatistics, 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • Art Elective, noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • NURS 430, Organization and Administration for the Nurse Manager, 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

SPRING I 2015                            

  • NURS 200W, Understanding and Applying Nursing Research
  • Humanities elective
  • *NURS 465,  Health Concepts for Adults with Comples Heath Care Needs


  • NUTR 251, Introductory Principles of Nutrition
  • Nursing elective
  • NURS 251, Health Assessment


  • *NURS 475, Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • *NURS 417 (4 credits), Family and Community Health Concepts
  • CAS 100B, Effective Speech


  • *NURS 475 (cont.), Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice 
  • Nursing Elective

NOTE:  * Indicates a course that includes clinical activities.  Course order may change.  Please consult with your assigned academic adviser regarding degree requirements and your course selection.


Program Coordinator:  Marianne T. Adam, Ph.D., RN, CRNP, 570-385-6061 or email her at mta133@psu.edu

Adult Enrollment Coordinator:  David Chavira, 570-385-6286 or email him at dec5137@psu.edu

Want to Review RN BS Program Requirements?

Visit the RN to BS information webpage »


Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610






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