Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner

With a nurse practitioner education, you will attain the advanced skills and knowledge you need to provide high-quality health care.

Program Details

Prepare yourself for the next step in your nursing career with our predominately online nurse practitioner programs, offering three specialty tracks to choose from:

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care
  • Family/Individual Across the Lifespan
  • Psychiatric/Mental health

All three speciality tracks include Post-Master’s Certificate options for those students who enter the program with an existing MSN degree.

The NP program requires a minimum of 720 clinical hours. Students work with faculty to arrange clinical placements and procure preceptors. State of the art simulation techniques and a rigorous curriculum ensure that our NP graduates are ready to provide high-quality care.

The Nurse Practitioner faculty are seasoned, graduate-level nursing faculty who maintain a clinical practice in the specialty areas they teach. The flexible online course schedules allow registered nurses to continue full or part-time employment while preparing for this degree.

At the successful completion of the MSN-NP program students are eligible to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) board exam. Family Nurse Practitioner graduates may take the ANCC or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) board exams.

Job Growth Rate
52%
New Jobs
(Per Year)
29.4k
Median Salary
$113,390

Applicants will be evaluated through a competitive admission process by the graduate nursing faculty, which will include NP prepared faculty.

PA College does not currently admit students who reside outside of Pennsylvania for the MSN-NP program. The program is in the process of determining if the NP curriculum meets requirements for licensure outside of Pennsylvania.

All Applicants Must Submit:

  • Copy of professional license
  • One official transcript from every college or university attended.
  • A written statement clearly identifying the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate professional objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation; at least one from an NP/MD/DO who can attest to the applicants clinical knowledge and clinical ability. One recommendation from a nursing leader with an MSN or doctoral degree (nursing supervisor/manager or prior professor).
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner Tracks)
Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate
RN to MSN Bridge Option

Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The nurse practitioner course requirements include MSN core courses, nurse practitioner core courses and courses specific to the chosen track. The nurse practitioner curriculum is organized to continue the development of values, understandings, knowledge, and skills needed in all aspects of practice as an NP and emphasizes specialty areas. It is also consistent with State Board content requirements and all courses reflect each of those content elements. The following indicates the number of credits and the number of clinical hours for each track:

Students entering the NP program will choose one of the population-focused tracks and complete all nurse practitioner classes to meet eligibility requirements to become nationally certified and licensed as an NP.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care:

Total Credits: 52
Total Clinical Hours: 720

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan:

Total Credits: 53
Total Clinical Hours: 720

Psychiatric/Mental health:

Total Credits: 51
Total Clinical Hours: 720

Sample Plans of Study

Sample curriculum plans for each track are found below:

Master’s Degree NP Program
Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum (Advanced Standing)
Post-Master’s Certificates NP Program

The hybrid NP Program offers some nurse practitioner courses exclusively online, and others through a blend of online and face-to-face meetings. NP specialty courses meet eight to sixteen hours per semester on campus for an On-Campus Intensive (OCI). NUR 642 may meet on campus for additional health assessment practice sessions, in the Center for Clinical Excellence in Practice.

The following tables list the format for course delivery, including the MSN Core courses (which are requirements for all tracks), the nurse practitioner core courses (also requirements for all tracks), and the program-specific courses for each NP track:

MSN Core Courses

CoursesCreditsFormatClinical Hours
IPC 601 Leadership & Role Development312 weeks online0
NUR 700 Epidemiology & Population Health312 weeks online0
IPC 512 Health Policy & Finance312 weeks online0
IPC 511 Graduate Research312 weeks online0

NP Core Courses

CoursesCreditsFormatClinical Hours
NUR 500 NP Role Development112 weeks online0
NUR 640 Advanced Pathophysiology312 weeks online0
NUR 641 Advanced Pharmacology312 weeks online0
NUR 642 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning312 weeks blended0
NUR 643 Health Promotion in an Integrated Care Model312 weeks online0

Population-focused Courses: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP

CoursesCreditsFormatClinical Hours
NUR 652 Advanced Pharmacology for Critical Care312 weeks online0
NUR 740 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP I412 weeks blended0
NUR 741 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum I412 weeks blended240
NUR 742 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP II412 weeks blended0
NUR 743 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum II412 weeks blended240
NUR 744 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP III412 weeks blended0
NUR 745 Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Practicum III412 weeks blended240

Population-focused Courses: Family/Individual Across the Lifespan

CoursesCreditsFormatClinical Hours
NUR 644 Application of Integrated Care Concepts212 weeks online0
NUR 651 Advanced Psychopharmacology212 weeks online0
NUR 720 Family NP Across Lifespan I412 weeks blended0
NUR 721 Family NP Practicum I412 weeks blended240
NUR 722 Family NP Across Lifespan II412 weeks blended0
NUR 723 Family NP Practicum II412 weeks blended240
NUR 724 Family NP Across Lifespan III412 weeks blended0
NUR 725 Family NP Practicum III412 weeks blended240

Population-focused Courses: Psych/Mental Health NP

CoursesCreditsFormatClinical Hours
NUR 650 Neuroscience of Mental Health112 weeks online0
NUR 651 Advanced Psychopharmacology212 weeks online0
NUR 644 Application of Integrated Care Concepts212 weeks online0
NUR 730 Psych/Mental Health NP I312 weeks online0
NUR 731 Psych/Mental Health NP I Practicum412 weeks blended240
NUR 732 Psych/Mental Health NP II312 weeks online0
NUR 733 Psych/Mental Health NP II Practicum412 weeks blended240
NUR 734 Psych/Mental Health NP III312 weeks online0
NUR 735 Psych/Mental Health NP II Practicum412 weeks blended240
MSN Core Courses
NP Core Courses
Population-focused Courses: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
Population-focused Courses: FNP
Population-focused Courses: Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

All program applicants must meet general admission requirements.

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Tuition

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Course Delivery

Course Delivery

This course is offered both
online and in-person.

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Accreditation

The Master’s degree program in nursing at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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Meet the Faculty

Andrea Petrokonis

Andrea Petrokonis DNP, FNP-BC

Nursing Faculty

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Cassandra Haddad

Cassandra Haddad

Graduate Adjunct Faculty

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Dolores Minchhoff

Dolores (Dee) Minchhoff, DNP, APRN-BC

Professor, Track Coordinator FNP

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Elise Hartranft

Elise Hartranft, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC

Graduate Adjunct Faculty

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Justine Hudgins

Justine Hudgins MSN, CRNP, CNRN, AGACNP

Track Coordinator, AGACNP

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Maria Leech

Maria E. B. Leech, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CRNP, RN, CCRN

Adjunct Faculty

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Maria Pfrommer

Maria Pfrommer, DNP, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs

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Neil Mendonca

Neil Mendonca, PMHNP, MSN, RN

PMHNP Track Coordinator, Faculty - Graduate Education

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