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Penn State Brings Degrees to Hanover

5/6/2008 —

Penn State York will be offering a bachelor of science in business degree and credit certificates in business in Hanover beginning in September 2008. Penn State Mont Alto will offer the RN (registered nurse) to bachelor of science degree.  Partnering with Hanover HealthCare PLUS the classes in each program will be held at the Hanover Community Health & Education Center, 400 York Street, Hanover.

“Hanover HealthCare PLUS is very proud to be able to partner with Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto to provide the opportunity to community members to further their education and careers through this wonderful program so close to home,” said Jerry Post, director of education service, Hanover Hospital.  

Public information sessions will be held at the Hanover Community Health and Education Center, on Saturday, May 10, from 10 - 11 a.m..;and Tuesday, May 13, from 6 -7 p.m.  Representatives from Penn State York and Mont Alto will be available to discuss educational options, answer questions, and assist individuals in registering for courses.

The bachelor of science in business (BSB) is an upper-division, professionally oriented business degree for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning.

Jeffrey Warner, director of continuing education at Penn State York, explained, “Credit certificates can be used to step up to a degree, and they provide a way to sample a selected subject area before making the commitment to a degree program.  Others can be used as refresher courses to hone existing skills or develop new ones that can enhance your career and increase your value to your employer. By choosing Penn State, individuals have the flexibility to use the resources of one of the world’s largest institutions to tailor their educational experience and goals.”

The RN to BS program prepares registered nurses (RNs) to meet the rapid changes in health care by expanding and enhancing their nursing education to bachelor’s of science in nursing. The program is open to nurses who have previously earned either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. In addition to upgrading skills, the program prepares RNs for non-traditional areas of nursing such as administration, pharmaceutical sales, managed care, and insurance.

The RN to BS program is designed to build on what the RN has already accomplished. These courses are designed to meet the needs of the employed nurse. Most of the nursing courses are offered as evening classes. The program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis or longer on a part-time plan.

All RN students with a current RN license are given 33 credits by portfolio toward the required 120 credits required for a BS degree. Minimal fees are assessed for placement of portfolio credits on the Penn State transcript.

For more information on these programs in Hanover, attend an information session or call (717) 771-4067.

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