Pennsylvania Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania employs one of the highest volumes of registered nurses across the country and salaries for these nurses are well above the national average. However, even with the high volume of nurses in the state, the nursing shortage still affects Pennsylvanian healthcare. It is predicted that by 2015, only 71% of the nursing jobs in the state will be filled. The need for registered nurses is extraordinary, especially those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Registered nurse vacancy rates are anticipated to reach 41% by 2020. Some of the leading nurse employers across the state of Pennsylvania include the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, Albert Einstein Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital, just to name a few.


About Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the thirteen founding states of the nation. Its common nickname the “Quaker State” is derived from colonial times after the state’s founder and renowned Quaker, William Penn. Pennsylvania shares a coastline with Lake Erie as well as the Delaware Estuary and the Appalachian Mountains rise through the middle of the state. The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, with its largest city being Philadelphia. Other major cities include Pittsburgh, Lancaster, and Williamsport. Pennsylvania hosts a surplus of recreational sites, including the Philadelphia Zoo, which was the first zoo in the nation, as well as distinguished museums and historic landmarks, well over one hundred state parks, numerous amusement parks and water parks, countless festivals, and limitless outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and water sports.

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Nursing programs offered in Pennsylvania

  • DeSales University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Undergraduate Nursing Major
      • ACCESS BSN Program
      • RN to BSN Program
      • Accelerated BSN
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Leadership



  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania +
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional Nursing Program
      • Innovative Nursing Program
      • RN to BSN Program
      • BSN in Contemporary Nursing Issues for Foreign-Educated Nurses
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN - Nurse Educator



  • La Salle University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • Accelerated RN to BSN
      • RN-BSN to MSN
      • RN to MSN Bridge
      • ACHIEVE Program
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
      • Post-Master's Certificate Program
      • MSN/MPH



  • Thomas Jefferson University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
      • Facilitated Academic Coursework Track (FACT)
      • Accelerated Pathway to the MSN
      • RN-BSN
      • RN-BSN/MSN
      • Accelerated Pathway to the MSN for Nurses with a Second Degree
      • Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      • Post-MSN Certificate Program
      • MSN/MPH Dual Degree
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



  • Villanova University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science (BSN)
      • RN to BSN Program
      • RN to BSN Online Program
      • BSN Express
      • Alternate Sequence Curriculum BSN Program
      • MSN
      • Post-Master's Certificate Program
      • DNP
      • PhD in Nursing