Professional Development Programs for Nurses 

Enhance your earning potential, advance your career, and satisfy Act 48 and Act 58 requirements with Penn State's Professional Development Program for Nurses.

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The following courses can be taken for 3 graduate credits or as a noncredit course.

Ethical Challenges in Health Care Informatics (3 credits) A case-based collaboratory designed for the exploration and analysis of the ethical dilemmas facing health care informatics practitioners.

Introduction to Forensic Nursing (3 credits) -This course provides an introduction to the forensic health sciences, clinical forensic nursing and the nursing role in the scientific investigation of violence. The principles and philosophy of forensic nursing in acute care and community settings will be described. Roles of the forensic science professional and advanced practice forensic nurse are explored. The course will address issues relevant to school nurses.

Who Should Attend

  • School nurses and school counselors
  • Home health care nurses
  • Nurses working in hospitals and other facilities
  • Educators who deal with health-related matters and sports, including coaches and health or physical education teachers

These programs are not designed to satisfy Pennsylvania school nurse initial certification requirements.