Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs
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How to Become a Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania
Registered Nurses are usually college graduates with either an associates or bachelors degree in nursing, and have passed a national licensing exam. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are four ways a student can earn a nursing degree. They can earn a degree with an RN-BSN program, a general bachelor’s degree, a 2nd degree program, or an associate degree.
Nurses with a bachelors degree have more variety in their employment options compared to nurses with an associate degree. They are qualified to work in trauma centers, home health agencies, schools, and the military. A bachelor’s degree program educates students in a wider range of nursing courses and explores topics in greater depth. Students in a bachelors degree program are taught to apply nursing processes in a variety of health care settings, collaborate with other medical professionals to facilitate the outcome for a nursing facility and apply research methods in a clinical practice.
The remaining two years of the program are devoted to nursing skills the student needs to fulfill their degree requirements. The student will take courses in pharmacology, applied nursing research and clinical field experience.
Another option for students is the RN to BSN program. It is designed for licensed registered nurses with an associates degree who wish to further their careers. The program focuses on refining the nurse’s clinical assessment skills and total body assessment techniques. For a student to qualify for the RN to BSN program in Pennsylvania, they must meet the basic admission requirements set by the academic institution. To gain admission, the prospective student should provide…
- evidence of a license to practice professional nursing in Pennsylvania
With an associate degree program, the student is trained for nursing in two years. It combines science, liberal arts, and focused nursing courses. Graduates of a two year program are qualified to perform the following tasks…
- evaluate the wellness/illness status of patients in relationship to their lifespan
In Pennsylvania, students with an existing bachelors degree can earn a BSN with an accelerated 2nd degree program. It will take the student three semesters to complete with a requirement of 60 credits in nursing.
Upon completion of all Pennsylvania RN programs, students are required to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination conducted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
ADN Degree RN Programs in Pennsylvania
RN Diploma Programs in Pennsylvania
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Accredited Pennsylvania RN Schools
See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Pennsylvania. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Pennsylvania, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.
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