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Nursing Schools in Philadelphia with Degree Information

Research nursing schools in Philadelphia, which currently has seven universities offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools, all located downtown, and decide which program is right for you.

Philadelphia Nursing Schools

Potential nurses living in Philadelphia have several education options right in the immediate area, though the nursing schools have comparable program offerings. This article looks at three schools that are at the heart of downtown and the nursing programs they offer. There is also a table of information about the schools, such as enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate, arranged in a way that makes comparison easy. A listing of some other Philadelphia-area schools that offer nursing programs is provided as well.

  • Temple University offers a bachelor's degree in nursing and a doctoral program in nursing practice.
  • At Drexel University, degree programs include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science - Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.
  • The University of Pennsylvania offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information about these schools that could be useful to individuals who are deciding where to get their nursing training.

Temple University Drexel University University of Pennsylvania
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 39,967* 24,190* 25,367*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $16,658 in-state, $28,418 out-of-state* $52,002* 53,534*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 91%* 99%* 58%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 57%* 79%* 9%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 90% full-time/56% part-time* 89% full-time/67% part-time* 98% full-time/91% part-time*
Graduation Rate (students who began Fall 2011) 71% (18% transfer-out)* 71%* 96% *

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Temple University

Temple University offers nursing degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty in the department is involved in evidence-based practice and research in various clinical areas. The department also offers many community-based opportunities for nursing students to help residents in the neighborhood.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Temple University offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for entering undergraduate students and a 2-year BSN for current registered nurses (RNs). The 4-year, entry-level program requires students to complete courses in chemistry, statistics, psychology, sociology, biology and kinesiology, along with the university's general education courses and required nursing courses. Students applying to the 2-year RN-to-BSN program must have completed a properly accredited nursing program and be licensed as an RN. Both programs offer fieldwork or clinical experiences.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

At Temple University, students may enroll in the DNP program after earning a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. The DNP post-BSN is offered with concentrations in adult-gerontology primary care and family-individual across lifespan, both which require the completion of 68 credits. The DNP post-MSN program requires applicants to have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and be certified as an advanced practice nurse, such as a nurse practitioner, certified RN anesthetist, certified nurse midwife or clinical nurse specialist. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct evidence-based clinical practice.

Drexel University

Drexel University started offering nursing programs in 2001. It offers three bachelor's degree in nursing programs and a master's degree in nursing with a variety of concentration options. Undergraduate nursing students may participate in the co-op program, which includes up to 18 months of hands-on experience in a healthcare facility.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

At Drexel University, the BSN program is offered in three options. Students can choose from the RN-to-BSN program for registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor's degree, the BSN co-op program (4- or 5-year track) that includes clinicals and co-ops and a BSN accelerated program (11 months) for students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline. The RN-to-BSN program offers online courses and flexible clinical locations. The co-op experience helps students gain experience and grow professionally, as well as earn money. Drexel also offers a BSN-MSN for students who know what field of nursing they want to specialize in.

Master of Science in Nursing

Drexel offers five MSN programs that prepare students for advanced roles in nursing. Students may specialize in innovation, leadership in health systems management, nursing education, clinical trials research or clinical nurse leader. Courses for these programs can be taken online or on campus.

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner

There are several nurse practitioner tracks available at this school, including adult acute care, psychiatric/mental health, family nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care and women's health. Others include adult primary care, pediatric acute care and a dual pediatric primary/acute care option. All programs are available mostly online with only a few on-campus mandatory courses. Each program includes classes and clinicals.

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Anesthesia

This is a 28-month program that can only be taken full time. The courses are offered on campus. Students complete 19 quarter credits in research and theoretical nursing, 15 quarter credits in science, 30 quarter credits in anesthesia courses and 25 credits in a clinical practicum.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. It also offers a combined bachelor's program in nursing and economics. It is the only Ivy League school to offer a BSN program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The university has introduced a new curriculum where freshman students become acquainted with case-based instruction to help connect classroom learning to clinical experiences. In addition to new technology being used in classrooms, courses have been added to the first- and second-year curricula to allow students to identify earlier the relationships between patients and nursing. Also available are a BSN Second Degree program for individuals with a bachelor's in a different discipline, a BSN-MSN program and a BSN-Ph.D. program.

Master of Science in Nursing

Penn offers plenty of options for nursing students wishing to specialize. There are eight master's-level nurse practitioner programs, including those in adult acute care, family health, women's health and neonatal care, among others. Additionally, students can find an advanced practice specialist program in nurse-midwifery.

This school also offers master's degree programs in health leadership and nursing and healthcare administration. Some concentrations, such as nurse practitioner acute care adult gerontology, are offered with additional concentrations and minors. Most programs are offered in full- and part-time formats.

Ph.D. in Nursing

This program prepares graduates for research and leadership jobs in industry, health systems, government and academia. Students learn research techniques that contribute to the nursing body of knowledge. Students work in school-supported research centers that are funded by grants. The program can be completed on a part-time basis, but part-time students do not receive funding. The program takes about four years to complete.

Other School Options

There are other smaller nursing schools within the city of Philadelphia itself, including Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia University, La Salle University and Holy Family University (all 4-year, private not-for-profit schools). Pennsylvania State University (12.1 miles from Philadelphia), Rowan University (18.1 miles from Philadelphia) and West Chester University Pennsylvania (23.7 miles from Philadelphia) are additional 4-year, public schools in the area offering nursing programs.


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