Pennsylvania Master's Degree in Nursing

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Pennsylvania MSN Programs

For those who live in the state of Pennsylvania and want to make a big difference in the world of nursing, earning a master's degree is a great start. There are many MSN programs in Pennsylvania to help one take a nursing degree to the next level. The key to success is to evaluate all the MSN programs that Pennsylvania has to offer, and to choose the best fit.

MSN programs in Pennsylvania expand on the knowledge one learns the associate's and bachelor's level. This is why many graduate schools also offer bridge programs that transition from RN into the master's degree programs. This allows students to have a comprehensive experience without any difficulties. The MSN allows students to specialize in a specific area of study and to gain more overall nursing expertise. The first step in earning this degree is to begin researching the program options.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who wish to study at a traditional college or university can choose from those through Pennsylvania that offer MSN degrees. Some students enjoy the opportunity to learn in a classroom with other students and live discussion and lectures. For those who feel this way, a traditional on-campus program might be best.

Online MSN programs offer greater flexibility for nurses with a busy schedule. Students enrolled in these programs have the ability to choose where and when to complete classes and coursework. Those who are self-motivated and able to manage time flourish in this type of learning environment.

California University of Pennsylvania is a traditional university which offers certain master's program only in its global online format. The MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership is one of the online programs. The curriculum consists of 9 courses for a total of 30 credits. The program is designed to take 20 months.

There are many online MSN options available. The University of Phoenix is an accredited online program that offers many different specialty areas, including Informatics, Nursing & Healthcare Education, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration-Health Care Management Dual Degree, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The MSN program curriculum varies in length depending on the pathway chosen.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are common for Pennsylvania MSN programs:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (Most schools require at least a 3.0)
  • Undergraduate nursing leadership, nursing research, and statistics courses
  • Valid RN license
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language

Tuition

Tuition varies by program, and current rates can only be used as an estimate. California University's charges approximately $12,870 (429 per credit x 30) for Pennsylvania residents and about $13,127.40 ($437.58 per credit x 30) for out-of-state residents. Program cost at the University of Phoenix ranges from $20,065-$32,125.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Pennsylvania

Cedar Crest College
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104
Moravian College
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
DeSales University
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034
Gwynedd-Mercy College
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1011 South Drive
Indiana, PA 15705
Mansfield University
71 South Academy Street
Mansfield, PA 16933
Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Carlow College
3333 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
West Chester University Pennsylvania
700 South High St.
West Chester, PA 19383

Pennsylvania MSN Degree Prerequisites

Pennsylvania nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Pennsylvania, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Pennsylvania and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Pennsylvania RN to MSN programs

Those holding Pennsylvania RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Pennsylvania MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Pennsylvania, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Pennsylvania grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Pennsylvania, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania MSN Degree Resources

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