Penn State Behrend to offer nursing program in Warren and Forest counties

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will offer its most popular nursing program – an accelerated R.N.-to-B.S. degree – to students at the Warren Forest Higher Education Council beginning in October.

A partnership with Jamestown Community College will allow students to combine general-education credits earned there with nursing credits earned in the Penn State Behrend program, which uses a blend of in-class, Web-enhanced and online courses to advance diploma and associate-degree nurses to a bachelor’s degree in just three semesters.

Employment data shows increasing demand for nurses with four-year degrees. "The Future of Nursing" report published by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, recommended that 80 percent of all nurses have, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree by 2020.

“Our health care system is complex and changing in ways that expand the role for nurses in a multitude of care settings,” said Jo Anne Carrick, coordinator of the nursing program at Penn State Behrend. “Nurses will need additional education and skills to address these changes.”

Carrick will explain the Penn State Behrend program during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Warren Forest Higher Education Council, 589 Hospital Drive. Representatives of Penn State Behrend’s admissions, financial aid, and Community and Workforce Programs offices also will attend.

For more information, call (814) 898-7583 or email

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Last Updated July 16, 2013