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Penn State Worthington Scranton offers the following nursing degrees.


Program Transition Announced

A.S. program in Nursing transitioning to B.S. program in Nursing

The national picture of nursing education is changing. As a leader in the field, Penn State is transitioning the associate of science (A.S.) degree to a baccalaureate of science (B.S.) degree in Nursing at the Altoona, Erie, Fayette, Mont Alto, and Worthington Scranton campuses. This transition aligns with the future of nursing practice and projected employment patterns.

The fall 2014 semester will be the final opportunity for admission to the two-year associate of science (A.S.) program in Nursing, and the first opportunity for admission to the four-year baccalaureate of science (B.S.) program in Nursing at these five campuses.


Penn State Worthington Scranton Associate of Science in Nursing (2NURS)


Updated August 2012


The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing is for students who want to become registered nurses (RNs). Students can complete the entire two year degree at Worthington Scranton. Upon successful completion of the program, students may take the RN licensure exam.


After becoming an RN you may decide to continue your studies by re-enrolling in the RN to Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Worthington Scranton.  Having a bachelor degree will allow you to advance in your nursing career.


Students who want to apply directly to a Bachelor Degree in Nursing may apply to the four year nursing degree offered at University Park.  Students offered admission into this program have the option to complete the first year at Worthington Scranton or start and complete all four years at University Park.


Applying to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing at Penn State Worthington Scranton


We accept new students into nursing in the fall semester.  We strongly encourage all candidates to submit applications by November 30th. For example, if you are applying for admissions for fall of the upcoming year, you should submit your application by Nov. 30th of the current year.


Nursing applications are reviewed in early spring and candidates are notified by mid- March. All minimum requirements must be completed and documentation received by admissions prior to the official review of the next falls group.


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may be eligible for spring admission. Spring admission to Nursing is on a space available basis and LPNs must meet the same academic criteria for admission as other candidates. To find out more about this option, please contact the admissions office.


How you apply to the nursing program and the admission requirements vary based on your candidate type.

 Additional Program Admission Information

For more information, please call:

Admissions 570-963-2500
Registrar 570-963-2505
Nursing Department 570-963-2644

The Associate of Science Degree program in Nursing, offered since 1992 at Penn State Worthington Scranton, provides preparation for the registered nurse licensure examination. 

As part of Penn State's School of Nursing, the program helps students prepare to find positions primarily in hospitals and long care facilities.

As nursing professionals, graduates collaborate with colleagues in nursing and other disciplines to:

  • provide direct care to patients
  • help clients develop healthy lifestyles

Areas of Specialization

A graduate with an associate of science degree in nursing from Penn State Worthington Scranton may find employment in many different specialty areas:

  • maternity and newborn
  • pediatric
  • psychiatric
  • acute medical and surgical
  • chronic medical and surgical & prehabilitation
  • long term care 

Penn State Worthington Scranton RN to BSN

The BSN program is designed for registered nurses who want to pursue a baccalaureate degree. If you are already a registered nurse and have completed your associate of science degree or received a nursing diploma, you are an ideal candidate for this program.

In the BSN program, you will have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Focusing on advanced nursing skills, knowledge, and values, the program will help you learn to evaluate clients’ health patterns and needs and guide them to choose healthy behaviors and lifestyles. You can collaborate with faculty to design clinical experiences that meet individual needs.

Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Flexibility and Individual Attention

The faculty at Penn State Worthington Scranton recognize the special needs of the returning RN adult learner. Class days and times are scheduled based on student recommendations. Clinical experiences provide a wide variety of options geared to the unique demands of registered nurses who work evening and night shifts.

Penn State acknowledges both previous learning and continuing education achievements that the returning RN brings to the University.  Advanced standing credit (33 credits) can be granted to those RNs who meet established criteria. Credits can also be awarded for prior experience and clinical expertise.  In addition, the faculty work independently with students to design special alternative options that satisfy course requirements.

Penn State's associate and baccalaureate programs in nursing are accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).