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Harrisburg University congratulates six students who recently became the first students to graduate from the University’s RN-to-BSN program.

The December 2020 graduates include:

  • Elizabeth Crawford, RN, BSN
  • Jolene Knudsen, RN, BSN
  • Tammy Talys, RN, BSN
  • Lori Ober. RN, BSN
  • Derartu Kelifa, BSN
  • Sandra Kurtz, RN, BSN

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for HU, our nursing programs, and especially our graduates. These RN’s have demonstrated their commitment to the nursing profession in achieving an undergraduate nursing degree within the rigors of a science and technology University,” said Dr. Mark Crider, Executive Director of HU’s Nursing Program. “Their education at HU has provided them exceptional additional resources to their nursing practice as they work collaboratively in optimizing our health care delivery system outcomes. HU is and will continue to support these contributions to the population’s health care through our academic nursing and other health science programs. It has been and honor and pleasure to work with these nurse colleagues in supporting their success in advancing their nursing education.”

Nurses with baccalaureate level preparation are linked to better patient outcomes, including lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. A college degree in Nursing opens doors, and BSN prepared nurses are changing lives and communities. BSN graduates achieve career advancement as Advanced Practice Clinicians, Health Care Administration, Nurse Educators, Policy Specialists, Researchers, and more. 

For more information about HU’s RN-to-BSN Program, visit this link.


Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private nonprofit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email,