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Penn State York and Mont Alto Join Forces to Offer RN to BS Degree

7/12/2007 —

Two Penn State campuses will combine resources to offer Penn State’s bachelor’s degree in nursing (BS) to York county nurses who currently have an associate degree in registered nursing (RN).  Administrators from Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State York announced this week that they will begin offering the RN to BS nursing degree in York this fall.  

“Currently, Penn State does not offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing in York County,” said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at Penn State York. "We determined that by combining the resources of two Penn State campuses, York and Mont Alto, we could provide this educational opportunity to nurses, allowing them to complete the program locally while earning a Penn State degree.” 

The program is designed so that students will take the general education requirements for the program from the Penn State York campus. Classes will begin in the fall.  The nursing requirements, offered by Penn State Mont Alto, will be delivered to students on the York campus eliminating the need for York nurses to travel far for their classes.  

“Penn State Mont Alto has been operating a top-quality program in nursing for 15 years, offering both the associate degree in nursing and the RN to BSN nursing degree," according to David Gnage, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor. "When we learned of the need for this degree program in the York area, we felt confident that we could provide high quality nursing education to fulfill this need," Gnage said.  

Penn State Mont Alto has been offering the RN to BS program at the Gettysburg Hospital for two years. 

Across the country, there is an increasing demand for registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “As local hospitals look to achieving Magnet status they need to focus on increasing the educational level of their nursing staff. Magnet status is an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center to hospitals where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes,” according to Rhonda Maneval, director of the nursing programs for the HACC campuses in York and Lancaster. “This is a wonderful opportunity for HACC graduates from the two-year RN program to pursue their bachelor’s degree without leaving the area,” Maneval added.  

Penn State York will be holding two open house events to provide information to prospective students on the RN to BS program option.  The open houses are set for Tuesday, July 31 on campus in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center and Wednesday, August 1 at the Penn State location in the Loretta Claiborne Building, 605 S. George Street, York.    To register for the Adult Student Open House and Registration Nights please call (717) 771-4067. 

The RN to BS program prepares registered nurses (RN) to meet the rapid changes in health care by expanding and enhancing their nursing education. The program requires 120 credits to upgrade nursing skills and prepare RNs for non-traditional areas of nursing such as administration, pharmaceutical sales, managed care, and insurance. All RN students with a current RN license are given 33 credits by portfolio toward the required 120 credits required for a BS degree. The bachelor’s degree program gives nursing graduates the opportunity to engage in research activities that promote evidence-based practice and nursing leadership.

Visit http://www.yk.psu.edu/Academics/Degrees/nursingprogram.htm for more information on this program..  Additional information about the program can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/nurs/ and by contacting Sara Hilton, Penn State York admissions counselor at 717-771-4040, or by e-mail at seh182@psu.edu .

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