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Penn State at the RLA: Beginning in Fall 2013, two additioanl degree programs will begine: B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology AND an RN to B.S. in Nursing. Register NOW!

April 23, 2013

Penn State New Kensington Campus—Features Two New Program Offerings  This Fall at the RLA:


  • RN to BS program – Designed for nurses who have received their basic education in diploma or AS programs and want to pursue a baccalaureate degree.  PSNK has agreements with all the local community colleges and several diploma schools to accept coursework from these nursing programs as fulfillment for the BS degree, i.e., their basic nursing courses and nursing experience transfer as 33 credits of nursing.  Classes are flexible for the working nurse and affordable in that the program allows the nurse to take many of the courses required by the BS degree at their local community college.  Only two courses are required prior to beginning the nursing courses at Penn State—Math or Quantitative Elective and Statistics – and once completed, nurses may move through the curriculum at a schedule and pace that meets their needs.


Two courses offered this fall -  in an accelerated, hybrid format combining face to face classes with on-line delivery: 


NURS 390 3 cr.  Transition to Professional Nursing – Thursdays, August 29 to October 17, 2013         5:15 to 9:15 pm

NURS 357 3 cr.  Intro to Nursing Informatics –     Thursdays, October 24 to December 12, 2013         5:15 to 9:15 pm


  • Information Sciences and Technology program - Penn State New Kensington gives Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students a solid background in the core technical areas of networking, databases, programming, and system integration and prepares them to enter the workforce.  Students can opt to take classes that integrate industry-standard software applications, such as:  Oracle [database software], SAP [business enterprise software], and GIS [geographic information systems].  Four-year IST students can complete the Integration and Application option at Penn State New Kensington.

IST students are trained in key business areas, such as project management and organization theory and develop essential teamwork and problem solving skills through team projects. Students also gain real-world work experience through a required internship and a fourth-year capstone project. During the capstone experience, teams of students engage in finding solutions to the real problems of major local companies.

IST 110 3 cr. Information, People and Technology (GS)  – Wednesdays, August 28 to December 11, 2013   6:00 to 8:40 pm

The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises. This course will be offered in a blended delivery   combining face to face classes with on-line video conferencing.  Students will also work on team projects.

For further information, please visit our website at:  www.nk.psu.edu  or contact Penn State New Kensington Continuing Education at:  724-334-6010 or nlh3@psu.edu .


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Contact: Kristina Smith Kristina@theRLA.org | 724-741-1025