Why Become a Nurse Practitioner?
The Nurse Practitioner options enable baccalaureate-prepared nurses to acquire advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in direct care of individuals, families, and aggregate populations in primary care settings. Students commit to a part- or full-time plan of study to meet the requirements for one of two specialty areas:
• Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
• Family Nurse Practitioner
Time Commitment and Logistics
The program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time study. Graduates are eligible for national certification and state licensure as a family nurse practitioner or adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.
The curriculum is delivered to Penn State Schuylkill using videoconferencing technology and some online courses, with clinical experiences at health care facilities in the local area.
Learn More and Apply
For more information on becoming a nurse practitioner with a Penn State master of science in Nursing degree, contact
College of Nursing Graduate Programs
More information is also available on the Penn State College of Nursing website.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post graduate APRN certificate program at The Pennsylvania State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
The original date of March 18-20 has been postponed by CCNE in alignment with the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania's coronavirus mitigation efforts. The College of Nursing will announce the new accreditation visit date once it is determined.
Many U.S. 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.