Outreach and Continuing Education

Outreach at the College of Nursing is focused on meeting educational and service needs in the community beyond the walls of the school. The College of Nursing is geographically dispersed, and its outreach program connects with many local communities across Pennsylvania. Outreach includes service-learning projects in the community, credit courses, and programs for nursing continuing education.

Online Degree Programs

RN to B.S. in Nursing

Health care is moving ahead; shouldn’t your career? As nursing becomes more complex, a bachelor of science degree in nursing can help move your career forward. Our RN to B.S. program builds and expands on the RN competencies needed to lead change and positively affect the health care industry. Earning a B.S. in Nursing degree can also properly prepare you to attend graduate school.

View details of online RN to BS Courses available through Penn State's World Campus.

M.S.N. Advanced Role Options

As part of its M.S.N. program, Penn State now offers two advanced role options—Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator—totally online through Penn State World Campus. For more information, e-mail Janet Fogg or call 717-531-1340.

Certificate Programs

Geriatric Nursing Education

The College of Nursing offers a graduate certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education in partnership with Penn State World Campus and the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. This program is designed to help those with a master's degree in nursing prepare to become geriatric nursing faculty and educational leaders. Upon completing the certificate, these geriatric education specialists will be positioned to mentor nursing faculty at the associate or bachelor degree level.

Nursing Forensics

Learn to bridge the gap between medicine and law with this 12-credit undergraduate certificate program. Professionals in forensic nursing are often the first line of defense for victims of violence, abuse, or neglect when they enter the health care system. Their role goes far beyond medical care to include knowledge of the legal system and injury identification, evaluation, and documentation.

Nursing Informatics

Nurses can give their careers a boost with the Nursing Informatics online certificate program, a 9-credit course series designed to prepare nurses with the knowledge to use informatics tools in technology-rich health care environments.

The curriculum includes key informatics topics such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, and data mining to promote safe and efficient care.

Registered nurses who are working toward a B.S. in Nursing at Penn State can apply all 9 credits toward the bachelor's degree. Nurses may also take the courses as a stand-alone series for the purpose of enhancing their career prospects.

For more information about the online program, visit the website or contact Madeline Mattern, coordinator of outreach programs, at 814-865-8469 or mfm107@psu.edu.

Nursing Management

Set yourself apart from other registered nurses on the career ladder by gaining the tools needed for nurse manager positions. Enrich your knowledge of basic health care organizations and administration.

Receive your certificate in Nursing Management from the Penn State College of Nursing here at Penn State. Two of the four courses can count as electives in our RN to B.S. in Nursing program.

Continuing Education for Nursing Contact Hours

If you wish to be notified when new courses and future programs become available, please fill out our Outreach Mailing List Form to be added to our mailing list.

Online Courses

The College of Nursing is currently in the process of updating content and developing new topics for our online continuing nursing education courses.

Build your continuing education résumé with courses by RNs for RNs. Log onto Penn State College of Nursing’s online continuing education (CE) portal. These courses are offered continuously for online continuing education.

At completion of a CE course and evaluation, students will receive a certificate.

All course materials, quizzes, certificates, and member histories will be available through the site at the click of a mouse. New courses will be added on a regular basis in order to assist Pennsylvania RNs in obtaining their biennial thirty CE hours.

Penn State College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Improving Practice Through Simulation

Practice your clinical skills in the College of Nursing's simulation lab, filled with the latest technologies for nursing education. Gain confidence by practicing on simulated patients and engaging in simulated exercises to help reduce clinical errors. Obtain your required Act 58 hours while gaining the most up-to-date health information.

Courses are taught in the Penn State College of Nursing state-of-the-art simulation lab, offering the newest technology and hands-on experiences.

Click here to see a list of current courses or to register.

School Nurse Series

The College of Nursing Outreach programs and Penn State Outreach bring to you a variety of courses aimed at keeping you up to date on the current health issues facing school nurses and teachers. New courses are developed each summer with current topics such as autism and bullying. For a current list of courses, click here.

Earn your Act 48 credits by enrolling in one of our classes offered at a campus near you. The School Nurse Series is currently offered at the following locations: Penn State Altoona; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Penn State Harrisburg; Penn State University Park; and Penn State Wilkes-Barre Northern Tier Center.

For More Information

Kelly Wolgast, D.N.P., RN, FACHE, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Online Education and Outreach

203B Nursing Sciences Building

Heather Manning
Education Program Associate

203D Nursing Sciences Building

Penn State College of Nursing Outreach is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.