The College of Nursing graduate programs (M.S.N., M.S., D.N.P.,
B.S. to Ph.D., Ph.D., and Dual-Title Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics) provide advanced study in human health and development throughout the life span and in nursing's role in providing health services to individuals, families, and communities. The program emphasizes the development of nursing knowledge and the translation of knowledge into practice.
College of Nursing Mission
The focus of master’s education in nursing is to prepare a nursing scholar for an advanced nursing practice role such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, nurse administrator, or doctoral study candidate. Master’s degree specialists serve individuals, families, and aggregate groups within diverse populations and settings.
The focus of D.N.P. education in nursing is on the translation of research into practice, transformational leadership, and advanced nursing practice.
The focus of Ph.D. education and the dual-title Ph.D. in Nursing and Bioethics is to develop nurse scientists and clinical scholars to provide leadership in nursing education, practice, and research.
Graduate education in nursing is characterized by a philosophy of expanding ideas and emphasis on knowledge development in nursing and health care. The primary goal of graduate nursing education is the development, transmission, and organization of nursing knowledge and the translation of that knowledge into practice in order to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities throughout society. The graduate nursing programs are an integral part of the Graduate School and graduate education at Penn State.
Nursing Graduate Program Course Offerings
Graduate Program Funding
Advanced Nursing Education Traineeship (AENT)
The College of Nursing's graduate program received $244,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the 2014–2015 academic years to support master's degree primary care nurse practitioner students at the Fayette, Hershey, Mont Alto, University Park, and Worthington Scranton campuses.
AENT monies will help us support students who plan to work in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) or practice settings that substantially benefit rural and medically underserved populations. Employment settings of all students receiving funding will be tracked for five years postgraduation to document the impact of this funding on Pennsylvania residents.
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The College of Nursing received a $1.12 million grant from HRSA for the purpose of embedding interprofessional (IP) competencies into the Nurse Practitioner (NP) program through the provision of shared learning experiences between NP students and medical students at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. These experiences will be utilized to improve safety and quality of care for patients and families with multiple chronic conditions who live in rural and medically underserved communities in Pennsylvania.
The project, which runs through June 2016, has two interrelated objectives:
- Develop interprofessional collaborative practice competencies for NP students specific to patients with MCC and their families. This is to be accomplished through the development and implementation of shared learning experiences in didactic and clinical courses for NP students who are partnered with medical students through distance technology.
- Prepare faculty to teach within an interdisciplinary learning environment using technology in the competency domains of values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork.