Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A baccalaureate degree in nursing is typically required to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, which prepares the nurse for roles such as nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator and nurse researcher.

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State offers several advanced-degree options, and most are delivered online with flexible schedule offerings. For example, nurses with a BSN can enroll in the college’s Master of Science in Nursing program with Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator options. Further, the college offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with options for leadership and nurse practitioner specialties. The DNP-NP program was designed as a BSN to DNP program and is also delivered online through Penn State World Campus.

Master of Science in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Additionally, students enrolled in a Penn State Nursing program have access to all the resources of a Big 10 R1 research university. This means that students can be involved in active research in areas of interest, only further helping solidify a student’s future as a nurse expert. On-campus options are available for nurses interested in the BSN to PhD program.

Interested in learning more about enrolling in a Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing graduate program? Email our student recruiter, Cody Hoffman at [email protected] to learn more!