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Nursing Programs in PA with School and Degree Overviews

Nov 01, 2018

The state of Pennsylvania has roughly 80 colleges and universities that offer nursing degree programs. Get some information about the degrees and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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PA Schools Offering Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs in PA can be found at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels in several colleges and universities throughout the state. Many studies result in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Graduate-level studies usually enable students to select an area of concentration, such as nursing education or nursing leadership. Bachelor's degree programs typically prepare graduates to pursue professional licensing or certification as a registered nurse.

Two of the largest PA schools offering nursing degree programs are discussed in detail in this article. Read information about the curricula of these programs, such as required coursework and clinical rotations. Find helpful facts about each school presented in the table at the end of this article.

  • At Pennsylvania State University, nursing students can choose from bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in various areas of nursing. The main campus of the university is located about 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg.
  • Temple University is based about two miles north of Philadelphia's downtown area. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.

Comparison of Schools

No matter what level of nursing studies you are pursuing, it is often beneficial to research all factors of a school before selecting a program. Below are statistics and facts regarding each university's tuition, population, acceptance rate, graduation rate and more.

Pennsylvania State University Temple University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 47,119 39,967
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $18,436 (in-state)
$33,364 (out-of-state)
$16,658 (in-state)
$28,418 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 64% 91%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 50% 57%
Retention Rate (201-201)* 93% (for full-time students) 90% (for full-time students)
Undergraduate Graduation Rate* 85% (for students beginning in 2011) 71% (for students beginning in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University's (Penn State's) School of Nursing offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The 4-year bachelor's degree program in nursing provides students with a generalized education in this field. Master's and doctoral degree programs equip students with specialty skills for leadership roles in areas such as family, community and adult nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program prepares graduates for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and employment in settings such as hospitals, community agencies, rehabilitation centers, trauma centers, clinics and long-term care facilities. Topics covered include physiology, human development, mammilian anatomy, social problems, nutrition and microbiology. Students also have the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience in local community health agencies, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner Option

Topics covered as part of this program include nursing and health care issues, chronic and complex health issues, and nursing theoretical foundations. Students must also complete clinical rotations with various private practices, health centers and clinics. Graduates are prepared to provide care to individuals and families in acute or primary care settings. Students choose to specialize as either a family nurse practitioner or adult gerontology nurse practitioner.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

This Ph.D. program prepares graduates for nursing leadership roles in research and academic settings. Required coursework includes health research quantitative and qualitative methods, healthcare policy for nurses, the epistemology of nursing, the scientific basis of nursing and research ethics.

Temple University

Temple University's College of Health Professions includes departments of kinesiology, health information management, occupational therapy, public health, physical therapy and nursing. The college's nursing department offers bachelor's and doctoral degree programs leading to licensure in this field.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Graduates of this program are prepared to seek licensure as an RN or move on toward more advanced nursing education. Course offerings include nutrition and health, community nursing, developmental psychology, clinical microbiology, health assessment, and human anatomy. Clinical experience allows students the opportunity to provide primary care in a variety of community health care settings.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program emphasizes health management, disease prevention and health promotion. Concentrations are offered in either family nurse practitioner or adult/gerontology nurse practitioner. Course offerings include advanced clinical diagnosis and health assessment, health economics, health through information technology, systems leadership and nursing quality initiatives.

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