A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. This type of provider may also be referred to as an ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) or APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse).
Master of Science in Nursing
The Nurse Practitioner options at Penn State 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 plan a part-time 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
The nurse practitioner program options are 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.
Become a Nurse Practitioner in Scranton, PA
The curriculum is offered at Penn State Scranton using videoconferencing technology and some online courses, with clinical experiences at health care facilities in the local Scranton area.
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.
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. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing postponed the original accreditation visit by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on March 18-20, 2020 for all of Penn State’s nursing programs in alignment with the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania's coronavirus mitigation efforts.
Accreditation Update: To ensure the safety of all stakeholders, The Pennsylvania State University will be hosting a virtual accreditation visit by the CCNE on January 27-29, 2021 for all of Penn State's accredited nursing programs. To learn more about the visit, go to https://www.nursing.psu.edu/a-message-from-the-dean/