Do you enjoy helping people? Have an aptitude for science and great people skills? Enjoy the ability to work in different locations? An online bachelor of science degree in nursing may be the perfect career! This exciting and innovative degree program combines the best of all worlds into an online format that is flexible, convenient and in high demand.
If you are currently a Registered Nurse with a valid RN license then be sure to find out if you are eligible for “lifetime learning” credit. Nursing is one field where it’s possible to obtain credit for your real life experience which can dramatically reduce the time it takes to earn a bachelors degree. According to the Penn State website you will “receive 33 advanced-standing credits toward this degree's 120-credit total—immediately upon enrollment”. This is an impressive offer for those wishing to enhance their education from a top ranked and highly recognized university like Penn State. The program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
To get started you will need to submit a formal application and transcripts of your high school diploma and all other schools you have attended. You will also need copies of your current RN license and other credentials. It’s a good idea to request letters of reference in advance and discuss possible tuition reimbursement with your current Human Resource department. In the meantime, schedule a time to speak with an academic advisor about the application process. Be sure to request a complete outline of your proposed plan of study especially if you hope to transfer credit hours from another college or apply for lifetime learning credit toward your degree.
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