The health care landscape is constantly changing. As a nurse, you need to stay on top of the latest health practices, delivery systems, regulations, and administrative procedures. With research indicating a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes, it’s no longer a luxury to update your knowledge; it’s a necessity.
The Nurse Practitioner options are designed to help prepare the professional nurse to function in an expanded nursing role providing direct care to specific groups of clients in a variety of health care settings. Since that practice is inherently interdisciplinary in nature, advanced knowledge and research from nursing are combined with knowledge from science, medicine, and related disciplines. The Nurse Practitioner may also function in supervisory, consultative, education, and research roles.
The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Graduates are eligible for national certification and state licensure as a family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. The Nurse Practitioner program is delivered on-site with some courses offered online.
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner
Detailed information can be found on the Bulletin.
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.
- Nurse Practitioner – University Park, Hershey, Schuylkill, Fayette, Shenango, and Scranton campuses (based on enrollment need)
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Hershey (only)
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – University Park, Hershey, Schuylkill, Fayette, Shenango, and Scranton campuses (based on enrollment need)
- Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner – University Park, Hershey, Schuylkill, Fayette, Shenango, and Scranton campuses (based on enrollment need)
For summer and fall 2021, admissions to the MSN/NP program will be full-time online. Admission requirements are outlined on the Penn State Bulletin website. Applications to the program can be done through the Graduate School.
Application deadline – March 1