Pennsylvania Nursing School Programs:
ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

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Pennsylvania Nursing School Programs organized by degree type:

  • ASN
  • BSN
  • BSN Accelerated
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN

Looking for a rewarding career high in demand and with high starting pay? Then becoming a registered nurse is for you!

According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is growing much faster than average with median pay above $32 per hour. These results are partly due to the fact that the nursing field is continually transforming into an increasingly advanced healthcare profession.

The following is a list of accredited nursing school programs organized by degree type: ASN, BSN, BSN Accelerated, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN. Each school has basic information listed about their program, including:

  • Prerequisites (GPA, SAT/ACT, TEAS scores, etc.)
  • Concentrations (MSN degrees)
  • Accreditation
  • Location
  • Length of Program

Why only accredited nursing schools? Because accreditation guarantees you will receive the education and experience you need to pass your state's licensing test. Accreditation means you will be doing your clinicals in a hospital rather than a museum (We wish that was a joke!). Anyone can create an educational program and call it a nursing program, but the only way to guarantee the quality of that program is accreditation by ACEN or CCNE.

Pennsylvania ASN School Programs


An associate's degree in nursing is basically the only associate's degree that can land you a job making over $20 per hour, guaranteed. However, many hospitals are requiring their nurses to obtain their BSN within 5 years of becoming employed.

Eventually, the Associate's degree in nursing will be phased out completely, since hospitals are being encouraged to have BSN nurses employed by such forces as Magnet status awarded by ANCC. This push towards nurses having a Bachelor's degree comes from the fact that the Registered Nurse position is becoming a more advanced medical profession.

For the time being, while hospitals are still hiring nurse's with associate's degrees, one career pathway some students take is to get their Associate's Degree in Nursing, followed by doing an online RN to BSN program. This pathway is often more cost effective, although finding a job with an associate's degree may be more difficult than for someone having a Bachelor's in Nursing.

Bucks County Community College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Newtown, PA

Butler County Community College ASN (AAS)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania ASN

  • http://www.clarion.edu/7393/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Oil City, PA

Community College of Allegheny County ASN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 520 (Math) & 510 (Reading) or ACT of 21 (Math/Reading); Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Biology, Chemistry, English; etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA; Additional Locations

Community College of Beaver County ASN

  • http://www.ccbc.edu/nursingADN
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Recommended Minimum SAT sub-scores of 450 or ACT of 19 (Reading), 18 (English), 22 (Math); Minimum 2.5 GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Biology, Chemistry, Two Years of College Preparatory Math; etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Monaca, PA

Community College of Philadelphia ADN

Delaware County Community College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years (Evening/Weekend Program Available)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT sub-scores of 500 or ACT of 20 (Math), 18 (Verbal); etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Media, PA

Gwynedd-Mercy University ASN

Harrisburg Area Community College ADN

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford ASN

  • http://www.upb.pitt.edu/academics/nursing/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 1025 or ACT equivalent, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Biology, Chemistry, Math (Algebra & Advanced Math), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Bradford, PA

Pennsylvania BSN Traditional School Programs


Many schools offering BSN traditional programs accept students into the program as Freshman; however some schools consider the first two years to be "pre-nursing" and acceptance into the last two years of the "nursing" portion of the program can be competitive. Be sure to find out if acceptance into the program guarantees acceptance for the entire four years, since this will differ from school to school.

Students obtaining their BSN will be more competitive as job-seekers than their Associate degree peers. However, due to the high growth rate of the nursing field, rarely does a brand new Registered Nurse have problems finding a job within the first six months, no matter what kind of degree they have.

Carlow University BSN Traditional

  • http://www.carlow.edu/Pre-Licensure_BSN.aspx
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 1000 or ACT equivalent, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Details: Students who score below 1000 on the SAT (or ACT equivalent) are advised to re-test. Students can enroll in the Step Ahead Program (http://www.carlow.edu/Step_Ahead_Program.aspx) in order to potentially earn 10 master’s level nursing credits in preparation for a MSN degree.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania BSN Traditional

  • http://www.clarion.edu/452263/
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum SAT of 1000 preferred or ACT equivalent, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, Advanced Math, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Oil City, PA

Gannon University BSN Traditional

Gwynedd-Mercy University BSN Traditional

Misericordia University BSN Traditional

Pennsylvania State University BSN Traditional

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing BSN Traditional

Widener University BSN Traditional

Pennsylvania BSN Accelerated School Programs


BSN Accelerated degrees are for career-changers who already have a Bachelor's degree in a different field. Typically, acceptance into these programs only require that certain prerequisite classes have been taken and that the student has at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA.

Gwynedd-Mercy University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

Misericordia University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

Pennsylvania State University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 3 semesters Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree (or Senior Bachelor students), Minimum 3.0 GPA, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Human Growth & Development, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Anatomy, Physiology, Human Genetics, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, English Composition, Two Professional Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Pennsylvania RN to BSN School Programs


Most RN to BSN school programs are offered online, or are a hybrid of online/on-campus courses. These schools assume you are currently working as an RN, and since you have already proven a certain level of knowledge with your licensure, they often offer great flexibility for obtaining your BSN.

The RN to BSN program option has gained in popularity due to the push towards requiring nurses to have a Bachelor's level education.

Carlow University RN to BSN

Clarion University of Pennsylvania RN to BSN

  • http://www.clarion.edu/7387/
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license (in home state), Minimum 2.5 GPA, Nursing work experience recommended, Anatomy, Physiology, Sociology, Psychology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online (Oil City, PA)

Gannon University RN to BSN

  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Physiologic Chemistry, Nutrition, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Erie, PA)

Gwynedd-Mercy University RN to BSN

Pennsylvania State University RN to BSN

Misericordia University RN to BSN

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing RN to BSN

  • http://www.nursing.pitt.edu/academics/rn_options.jsp
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Details: The University of Pittsburgh RN to BSN option allows for early admission to the MSN program by completing up to 24 graduate-level bridge credits to count towards the BSN and MSN degrees.

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford RN to BSN

Widener University RN to BSN

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to BSN

Pennsylvania MSN Traditional School Programs


The basic MSN options are Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and various Nurse Practitioners. Typically, nursing education and leadership are offered online and are easier to obtain. However, due to the ease of obtaining these MSN degrees and the lack of jobs in the field (in relation to supply), it is not uncommon for RN's with MSN's in education or leadership to have difficulty finding a job.

Conversely, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand, having much of the authority of Medical Doctors. If you visit an outpatient clinic, the person seeing you may actually be an NP instead of a doctor, which is a growing trend in the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner is a professional somewhere in-between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Physician's Assistant (PA).

Also a growing trend is a desire for Nurse Practitioners with Doctorate degrees (DNP), as the NP profession becomes more and more like the MD end of the spectrum. This typically means more authority and more pay.

Carlow University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.carlow.edu/Nursing_Graduate_Offerings.aspx           
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education/Leadership, MSN-MBA Dual Degree
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years (depends on concentration)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Pennsylvania RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Pittsburgh, PA
  • Details: The Education & Leadership concentration is completely an online program. BSN students can enroll in the Step Ahead Program (http://www.carlow.edu/Step_Ahead_Program.aspx) in order to potentially earn 10 master’s level nursing credits in preparation for a MSN degree.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania MSN Traditional Online

  • http://www.clarion.edu/124588/
  • Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: Full-time and Part-time options available.
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (in state where clinicals are done), Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA (or Minimum 3.0 Graduate GPA), Nursing work experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Online / Oil City, PA
  • Details: Clarion University of Pennsylvania's MSN classes are online.

Gannon University MSN Traditional

Gwynedd-Mercy University MSN Traditional

  • https://www.gmercyu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/nursing
  • Concentrations: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2 years (may vary depending on concentration)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Recommended Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Gwynedd Valley, PA

Misericordia University MSN Traditional

Pennsylvania State University MSN Traditional

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Informatics, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Relevant Clinical Experience, Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if GPA under 3.5, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA (some concentrations online)
  • Details: The Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics concentrations are offered online. All MSN concentrations begin in the fall only.

Widener University MSN Traditional

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Pennsylvania RN to MSN School Programs


For Registered Nurses who want to obtain their BSN and MSN at the same time, or for RN's who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, many schools offer RN to MSN programs. The only drawback to these programs is that generally only Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership are possible degree concentrations. If you have any interest in becoming a Nurse Practitioner, then the more traditional route is more appropriate.

Note: Some schools do not award a BSN through their RN to MSN option, offering only a direct path from ASN to MSN. Your work experience will likely play a large role in finding a job with your MSN if you do not have a Bachelor's degree to go with it.

Carlow University RN to BSN to MSN

Gannon University RN to MSN

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing RN to BSN to MSN

  • http://www.nursing.pitt.edu/academics/rn_options.jsp
  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Informatics, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Details: The University of Pittsburgh RN to BSN option allows for early admission to the MSN program by completing up to 24 graduate-level bridge credits to count towards the BSN and MSN degrees.

Widener University RN to MSN

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to BSN to MSN

  • http://www.chamberlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate/rn-bsn-to-msn
  • Length of Program: 2 Years
  • Prerequisites: RN License, Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN coursework
  • Concentrations: Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Executive, Educator Tracks
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online
  • Details: Students earn their BSN and MSN at the same time. This program is mainly for students earning their BSN through Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program.


State List of Nursing School Programs

Disclaimer: Nursing schools sometimes change their prerequisites and other information. Accreditation is also renewable, which means nursing schools can lose their accreditation. While we attempt to keep all information up-to-date, the most reliable source of information is the actual nursing school website (links are provided). This website is for information purposes only and currently has no affiliation with any particular nursing school.

Nursing Abbreviations: Quick Reference


Abbreviations for Degrees and Titles

  • ASN/ADN = Associate of Science in Nursing / Associate Degree in Nursing
  • BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN = Master of Science in Nursing
  • CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
  • LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
  • RN = Registered Nurse
  • NP = Nurse Practitioner (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)
  • CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)

College Assessment Exams

  • ACT = American College Testing program (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • TEAS = Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • HESI A2 = Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment
  • GRE = Graduate Record Examination (Graduate college entrance exam)

Accreditation Agencies

  • ACEN = Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE = Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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