New Kensington offers nursing certificate programs

The Nursing program at Penn State New Kensington is offering certificate programs in management and infomatics for registered nurses.

The Nursing Management Certificate program is designed for registered nurses in management positions or for those who aspire to be managers. The program comprises four, three-credit courses that cover different aspects of nursing management: nursing system, personnel, information and system manager. The certificate helps nurse managers understand the basics of health care organizations and administration; collect, analyze and manage data within the system; apply the latest concepts and techniques to managing personnel within the system; and work more effectively and satisfyingly within the system.

The Nursing Informatics Certificate provides registered nurses with informatics knowledge and prepares them to support the implementation of efficient, ethical and safe use of clinical and nursing informatics tools in today’s health care environments. The three, three-credit courses emphasize the use of informatics tools such as electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, database management and data mining. In addition, the classwork covers patient safety technologies, including Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, home care monitoring, smart pumps and other health care technologies.

For more information, contact Dolores O’Hara, nursing program coordinator and instructor in nursing, at 724.334.6725 or

About the Nursing Program at New Kensington
The nursing program at Penn State New Kensington offers registered nurses the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing at the campus. The 120-credit curriculum is fully accredited, and graduates earn a bachelor of science in nursing that is identical to the degree earned at the School of Nursing at Penn State's University Park campus. The mode of delivery is adjusted to permit adults with community, family and occupational time constraints to pursue the degree with relative convenience in their home area. Scholarships are available to minority students in the program. The Mittie B. Hightower Memorial Scholarship was created in 2001 by Hightower Scholars Inc. to support minority students majoring in nursing or science.

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Last Updated April 03, 2013