Why Major in Nursing?

If you want to make a difference in the lives of patients and have a rewarding and meaningful career, as well as opportunities for career advancement, then a nursing major may be your path toward a fulfilling future. A Penn State Altoona nursing degree prepares you to provide nursing care in varied settings, including hospitals, private practice, long-term care, clinics, and other health care and community agencies. The opportunities are extensive, and the rewards are limitless.


At Penn State Altoona, you’ll have a variety of options for earning your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Option include:

Why a Penn State Altoona nursing degree?

At Penn State Altoona, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art simulation learning lab and exceptional clinical sites at local healthcare institutions and community agencies. Our nursing faculty have varied and extensive clinical expertise, and are committed to helping you reach your goals and achieve success. In addition, our NCLEX rates are consistently above the national average and all of our programs are accredited by the PA State Board of Nursing, the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Associate of Science Degree 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 was 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. For more information, visit the College of Nursing website.

Current Students: Please refer to the College of Nursing Web site for access to the student handbook, suggested academic plan, and other necessary information.