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Nursing Programs in Philadelphia with Course Descriptions

Nov 02, 2018

The Philadelphia area has many schools that offer nursing programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two schools within 10 miles of downtown to make an informed education decision.

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Philadelphia Schools with Nursing Programs

Prospective students looking for nursing programs in Philadelphia will find at least 16 schools in the region, with eight of them within the city itself. This article looks at two schools, both 20 minutes or less from the heart of the city, and at the nursing programs they offer. Statistics on important aspects of each school, such as size, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate, are presented in a table. A little information on a few other area schools with nursing programs finishes the article.

  • Temple University offers a bachelor's in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Temple is about two miles from downtown Philadelphia.
  • At La Salle University, just over two miles from downtown, students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. The school also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals need lots of information when choosing a college. The following table presents useful data in a way that makes it easy to compare these schools.

Temple University La Salle University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 39,967 5,197
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $16,658 in-state
$28,418 out-of-state
$29,500
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 91% 98%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 57% 79%
Retention Rate (2017)* 90% full-time, 56% part-time 76% full-time
Graduation Rate* 71% for students beginning in 2011 67% for students beginning in 2011

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator.

Temple University

Students at this school have a variety of degree options to choose from in programs that focus on preparing nurses for the challenge of working in urban areas.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students can earn this degree in 4 years without needing to participate in summer sessions. Introductory nursing courses begin in the first semester of the curriculum and are augmented by foundation studies in anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biology. In students' sophomore and junior years, a heavier caseload of nursing courses is included in the curriculum, including studies in nursing pharmacology, family care, health assessment and evidence-based practice and research. The final year includes a nursing internship and field work.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

There are two pathways open to earning this degree: post-BSN and post-MSN. Students entering the program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can choose a 68-credit Adult-Gerontology Primary Care concentration or a 68-credit Family-Individual Across the Lifespan concentration. Students entering with a Master of Science in Nursing are offered a 37-credit curriculum with a focus on advanced, evidence-based, clinical practice. Graduate programs offer full-time and part-time formats.

La Salle University

La Salle University's nursing students have three levels of degree programs available to them, as well as post-degree certificate programs in gerontology and school nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The core curriculum is taught through lectures and clinical work. This program can be completed in roughly four years. It is a 126-credit program, and clinical experiences can be completed in surrounding medical facilities. A maximum of eight students are allowed in each clinical. In addition to the traditional BSN, La Salle also offers an evening and weekend BSN and an RN-to-BSN bridge program for currently licensed registered nurses.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students can choose from 8 concentration areas, some of which are Clinical Nurse Leader, Public Health Nursing and Nurse Anesthetist. The school also offers an RN-to-MSN program for RNs with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. Students can take advantage of a variety of schedules and locations, and they may begin the program in any term.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This is an intensely hands-on program with a minimum requirement of 500 practicum hours. The program also includes a capstone project that's practice-based. Despite the heavy focus on clinical practice, the program gives students leeway in creating their schedules and curriculum. Both full-time and part-time programs are offered, and advisors work with students to create a curriculum that meets their career goals.

Other School Options

Community College of Philadelphia offers an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program, and this school is only about six minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Drexel University, located about five miles from downtown Philadelphia, has nursing programs ranging from bachelor's degrees through doctoral studies.

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