Donald Bucher, DNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP, CCRN

Assistant Professor, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program
Nursing Faculty


Donald H. Bucher, DNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP is an Assistant Professor in the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at PA College of Health Sciences. He is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and maintains a hospital based clinical practice position within the Penn State Health Network

Dr. Bucher has practiced in the areas of Medical ICU, Trauma ICU, and Hospitalist Medicine as an Acute Care NP. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, he was a ICU RN for 7 years. Dr. Bucher obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Science from Penn State (99), Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh (07) and he Doctoral Degree from Chatham University (11). He has served previously as an Assistant Professor at Moravian University and the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining the PA College of Health Sciences Graduate Nursing faculty in 2020.

Dr. Bucher is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He currently the former Pennsylvania State Rep. for AANP and President-elect of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. He is the 2013 Cameo of Care Advanced Practice Honoree, 2014 Nightingale Award for Advanced Practice, 2015 AANP Pennsylvania Clinical Excellence Award winner and Shelia Gealey Award 2020.


  • Registered Nurse
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


  • NUR-640 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NUR-740 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I
  • NUR-741 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Pra
  • NUR-742 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II
  • NUR-743 Adult-Geron Acute Care Prac II
  • NUR-744 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP III
  • NUR-745 Adult Geron AC Prac III


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chatham University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
  • Master of Science, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Penn State University, Sharon, Pennsylvania 1999
  • Diploma Registered Nurse , Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing, Sharon, Pennsylvania 1998

Professional Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners- President-elect
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners- Former Pennsylvania State Representative
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

Career Highlights

  • Cameo of Care Advanced Practice Honoree |2013|
  • Nightingale Award-Advanced Practice |2014|
  • AANP Pennsylvania Clinical Excellence Award |2015|
  • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians |2016|
  • Sheila Gealey Award| 2020
Donald Bucher

Contact Information

850 Greenfield Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601 US

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way. - Barbra Bush

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