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BSN to DNP Programs in Pennsylvania (PA)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in Pennsylvania offer both traditional and distance learning classes. The specialties and curriculum for seven programs within the state are detailed below.

Misericordia University

This 62-credit BSN to DNP program offers the flexibility of online classes and takes three years, including summer courses, to complete. You can specialize in either Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner and will take courses in areas such as utilizing evidence-based methods in the nursing field, ethics in the biomedical field, and how to treat chronic health issues in older adults.

La Salle University

La Salle University's DNP Post-BSN Nurse Anesthesia is a full-time program, focused on anesthesia, and with a duration of 51 months. You will take 85 credits in distance learning courses such as biostatistics, how to manage a crisis, physiology, and ethics in the nursing field, along with completing a 29-month clinical practicum.

Temple University

As a student in this Post-BSN program, you will choose a clinical specialty of either Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family-Individual Across the Lifespan, both of which require 68 credits and 1,000 hours of clinical work. You will enroll on a full-time basis on either a three or four-year study plan, with courses such as biostatistics, physiology and pathophysiology, and organizational leadership models within the nursing field.

Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University's BSN to DNP program offers a specialization in family nurse practitioner and consists of 86 credits. The program is usually completed in 3.5 -4 years, with coursework, offered on topics such as pathophysiology, assessing and treating women, epidemiology, and clinical genetics.

Thomas Jefferson University

You will earn your degree in 4-6 years via Thomas Jefferson University's DNP Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, depending on if you enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. This 69-credit online program has 8 specialties, including Community Systems Administration, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner, with courses in health policy, epidemiology, and informatics.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing

At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing, you will enroll in either the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care concentration (93 credits) or the Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (95 credits) concentration. Offered via distance learning, this BSN to DNP program provides training on concepts like organizational management, public policy, and evidence-based methods.

Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine

This BSN to DNP program is offered via distance learning, with the exception of three, on-campus immersion workshops which last for 3-4 days. You will enroll on a full-time basis and take a minimum of three courses per academic semester for a total of 60 credits in areas such as evidence-based methods, group health perspectives, and healthcare economics.

SchoolPrograms OfferedGraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Misericordia University*BSN to DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
*BSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
$35,230*
La Salle University*BSN to DNP: Anesthesia$25,020*
Temple University*BSN to DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
*BSN to DNP: Family-Individual Across the Lifespan
$17,378 (in-state)
$23,588 (out-of-state)*
Robert Morris Universityl*BSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner$9,923 per semester (full-time)
$1,010 per credit (part time)**
Thomas Jefferson University*BSN to DNP: Eight specializations$21,600*
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing*BSN to DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
*BSN to DNP: Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner
$27,590 (in-state)/$32,948 (out-of-state)**
Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine*BSN to DNP$23,552 (in-state)
$39,042 (out-of-state)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School website

Pennsylvania BSN to DNP Admissions Criteria and Process

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a valid registered nursing license will be necessary to apply for a BSN to DNP program. A minimum grade point average (GPA), such as a 3.0, is a common entrance requirement for many BSN to DNP programs, with some programs also requiring competitive scores on the analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative sections of the GRE. Prerequisite coursework may include a statistics course where you earned at least a B. The admissions process typically includes a resume, professional letters of recommendation, a personal essay outlining your professional aspirations, official transcripts, and a non-refundable application processing fee. You may also have to complete a personal interview as part of the admissions process.

BSN to DNP programs in the state of Pennsylvania offers both traditional, on-campus classes and distance learning options. Some programs, such as Robert Morris University, only offer one concentration, while other programs offer up to 8 specializations such as Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.