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 Welcome to the Online Nursing Program 



The Slippery Rock University RN to BSN Nursing Program is an online program. The curriculum is designed to build on the Associate Degree or Diploma education of the RN students with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making, leadership, and use of information technology.  Students receive a strong educational foundation for future graduate study. 

The program can be completed as a full-time or part-time student, at a pace that is comfortable for the individual student.  The curriculum consists of 39 credits – 9 mandatory nursing courses, 2 nursing electives, and 2 support courses (Statistics for the Social Sciences and Medical Health Care Ethics).

Admission criteria: Current licensure as a registered nurse, minimum of 63 non-remedial college credits, and GPA of at least 2.5.

To apply for the RN to BSN program, please follow the link on the left.  Please be sure to send a copy of your RN license, the application fee and  official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The School Nurse Certificate program is online and consists of 21 graduate credits, which includes a 100 hour practicum (50 hours elementary and 50 hours secondary) with a Certified School Nurse. The program prepares RNs with a BSN for Level I Certification in Pennsylvania as School Nurses. Some states may accept the PA certificate as a basis to grant their own state certificate.

Admission criteria: Unrestricted Pennsylvania RN licensure, BSN in Nursing, and GPA of 3.0 in the BSN program.

To apply for the School Nurse program, please follow the link on the left.  Please be sure to send a copy of your Pennsylvania RN license to the Graduate Admissions Office after completing your application.

NOTE: As of January 2011, based upon Chapter 49 legislation by the PA Department of Education the total credits in the program are now 21 Graduate Level credits. This accommodates the increase in credits in Special Education and English as a Second Language required by the PA Department of Education.

For further information, contact:

Department of Nursing
104 Vincent Science Center
Slippery Rock, PA  16057
724-738-2065 phone
724-738-2509 fax

Maryann Thurkettle, Chairperson
724-738-4568 phone


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The RN to BSN Program is accredited:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
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