Online Bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Nursing (RN to BSN)

Advance your nursing education and expand your career path.

The bachelor's degree in nursing offers a solid foundation in the arts and sciences that prepares you for graduate studies and career advancement.

At PennWest Global Online, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree builds on the knowledge of registered nurses and allows them to continue their education online. The program is designed to provide educational experiences that promote scientific inquiry, creative thinking, critical judgment and personal development.

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The RN-BSN, MSN-Administration and Leadership, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at PennWest are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

PennWest University, including Clarion, California, and Edinboro campuses, will submit a self-study and host a site visit for our accrediting body, CCNE. The site visit will be on March 29-31, 2023.  This serves as formal notification of the upcoming visit and provides an opportunity for third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation.  

CCNE must receive written third-party comments regarding programs by no later than 21 days prior (March 1, 2023) to the first day of the scheduled on-site evaluation. CCNE accepts only signed comments. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team before the visit, but these comments are not shared with the program at any time during the review process. During its program review, the evaluation team considers third-party comments related to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on the Conduct of Business.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Bachelor of Science nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN website.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit By The ACEN

Pennsylvania Western University wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its ASN, RN-BSN and BSN nursing programs by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program via a Zoom meeting scheduled at 11:30 am - 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, by using this Zoom link

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Kathy Chappell, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by February 28, 2024

Liberal arts education

The BSN integrates liberal arts with career education, establishing a basis for a variety of learning activities that focus on professional nursing practice.


The RN-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Online program

The online program allows students the flexibility to be able to work while completing their degree.

Fast Facts


Employment growth for registered nurses is projected through 2024, faster than average for all occupations.




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Careers and Salaries

PennWest's RN to BSN online degree program enables graduates to advance with their current employers or move on to a wide range of professional nursing roles in diverse healthcare environments. Here is a sampling of area employers who hire PennWest California BSN graduates:

  • Allegheny Health Network.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Pennsylvania school districts.

Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate scholarly inquiry, research and theory into evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Promote health and well-being for individuals, families and communities including vulnerable and diverse populations.
  3. Apply leadership principles and skills in meeting the health care needs of others.
  4. Integrate clinical thinking skills into professional nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate professional growth through participation in life-long learning, global citizenship and service in the profession of nursing.
  6. Create strategies to communicate effectively with others in a variety of settings.

Program Completion - Aggregated for the Entire Program

Year Semester Response Rate (Number Responding/Number Graduating) Job Placement Rate (Number Employed/Number Responding)
2023 Fall 2023 82% (14/17) 85.7% (11/14)

Program Completion - Disaggregated and Aggregated for the Entire Program

Year Total Number of Students Starting in the First Nursing Course Total Number of On-Time Graduates Program On-Time Completion Rate Total Completion Rate (Cal U Full-Time 8 Terms, Part-Time 16 Terms; Clarion 10 Terms
Clarion 2023 N=40 Fall 2022 N=9
Spring 2024 N=19
Summer 2023 N=3
92.5% (37/40)

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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