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Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Programs
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A Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania is a valuable player in the healthcare industry. The demand for healthcare services is likely to increase as more residents gain access to healthcare insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare reform. Ample opportunities are likely to exist for nurse practitioners well into the future, as they are called upon to provide primary and specialized healthcare services.

The number of Pennsylvania nurse practitioners currently sits at almost 3,500 in the state, where they earn a median income of over $80,000 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). While NPs enjoy a degree of autonomy not present in the traditional RN role, Pennsylvania NPs who wish to prescribe medication must complete additional training and work in collaboration with a local physician. A collaborative agreement with a Pennsylvania physician is also required to diagnose and treat illnesses.

There are many options for NP degree programs in the state, and we suggest obtaining information from several different schools to aid you in making the best decision for your nursing education. Pennsylvania nurses who wish to become nurse practitioners can attend an online college, such as Georgetown University, or an in-state institution, such as:

  • Drexel University. Located in Philadelphia, Drexel University offers a master's-level Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program online. Online adult Acute Care and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs are also available, but both of those programs require periodic visits to the campus.
  • Pennsylvania State University. Penn State offers master's-level NP specializations such as: adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Courses are delivered online and via special videoconferencing software to satellite campuses.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Since mid-2011, most of the University of Pittsburgh's NP programs have been offered at the Doctoral level. Interested students will enroll in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program and may choose to specialize in acute care, adult care, family care, neonatology or pediatrics. The psych/mental health nurse practitioner program is still a master's-level program as of November 2011.

Programs from Pennsylvania Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner programs with campus locations in Pennsylvania.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)
Program Name: Adult & Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Clarion University (Edinboro, PA / Oil City, PA / Slippery Rock, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Practitioner, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health NP (online), Women’s Health NP (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gwynedd-Mercy College (Gwynedd Valley, PA)
Program Name: NP in Adult Health, NP in Pediatric Health
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Primary Care of Adults - NP, Primary Care of Families - NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Millersville University (Millersville, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Neumann University (Aston, PA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Thomas Jefferson University (Danville, PA / Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care (NP and/or CNS), Adult Health (NP and/or CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Oncology APN (NP), Pediatric (NP and/or CNS), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner: Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Post-Masters DNP - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP - Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP - Psychiatric/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Psychiatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Johnstown, PA)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Widener University (Chester, PA)
Program Name: Emergency/Critical Care Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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