RN to BSN Program

Program Overview

The BSN program provides upper division opportunities facilitating mobility of graduates from Associate Degree and Diploma programs, allowing them the opportunity to enhance their education and career options. The primary goal is to function in a variety of settings: providing care of the sick in and across environments; participating in, planning, implementing and evaluating activities and programs to promote health; and facilitating population-based health care.

The program is designed to build on the student’s knowledge and experience as a registered nurse, enhancing skills in critical thinking, case management, and leadership roles.

RN-to-BSN students in nursing must have proof of graduation from a NLNAC accredited nursing program and proof of current registered nurse licensure. Students may choose to participate in a full-time or part-time curriculum.

The RN to BSN Nursing Education Program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.) formerly NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)

Program Philosophy

Lock Haven University, by offering a BSN degree, extends its contributions to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's ongoing commitment to excellence in education at the lowest possible cost to students and consistent with student aspirations and regional, state, national, and international needs.

According to its mission and goals, Lock Haven University is committed to an education that is based on a liberal arts foundation and includes a focus on multi-cultural and global dimensions of a changing society, a recognized need to foster the development of critical thinking, the analysis, evaluation, and creation of knowledge, and the personal attributes of resourcefulness and responsibility in preparing graduates for careers and advanced education.

The baccalaureate-prepared nurse is liberally educated; is expected to master discipline-specific knowledge and to incorporate and apply knowledge gained from other disciplines into his or her nursing practice; and is prepared to embark on a career path to include life-long learning, a commitment to the profession and recognition of personal and civic responsibilities in a multi-cultural and global community. 

  • The BSN program contributes significantly to the local and regional workforce by enhancing the availability and quality of healthcare services, and improving the overall health of individuals and communities they serve.
  • The BSN program provides upper division opportunities facilitating the educational mobility of graduates from the LHUP associate degree nursing program as well as other nursing programs (diploma and associate degree).
  • The BSN program directly and indirectly ‘provides continuing education and community and public services in accord with the needs and aspirations of citizens and the social, cultural, economic and technical needs of the Commonwealth’ particularly as related to health care
  • The BSN program helps ‘meet specialized, statewide educational needs and provides public services to the Commonwealth’ by contributing to the educational preparation of professional nurses to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s projected needs.
  • The BSN program addresses the need to provide undergraduate education for students in the professions including opportunities for research, artistic effort, scholarly achievement and personal growth and is consistent with the legislated mission of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 
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