Accelerated BSN Programs in Pennsylvania


State of Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

One innovative approach that was undertaken by Pennsylvania and a few other states when it comes to filling the needs for more nurses is making accelerated nursing programs available. Offered at both baccalaureate and master’s levels, these programs build upon past learning experiences. These also train students in higher disciplines of nursing.

If you would like to enroll in the ABN program anytime soon, here a brief overview of three nursing schools in Pennsylvania–

University of Pittsburgh

This is a public university situated in Oakwood in Pittsburgh, PA and was founded in 1787. It was originally a private learning institution known as the Pittsburgh Academy. Through years of academic expansion, it soon became the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. This is now home to 17 colleges and schools with an annual enrollment of 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Many nurses have been trained at this university since 1939 and it is now highly ranked in America’s Best Graduate Schools.

The Accelerated BSN program allows students to earn the BSN degree after three terms of full-time clinicals and classroom work.

The deadline for the submission of applications is in February for Fall term, June for those who prefer the spring term and October to those who would like to study during the summer.

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

This public university spans 585 acres and sits right in Edinboro, PA. It has campuses in Meadville and Erie and was founded in 1857. Originally called the Edinboro Academy, this school has helped prepare students for teaching careers. It has now more than a hundred degree programs and enrolls over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students yearly.

Edinboro's Nursing Department offers 4 tracks in earning the BSN degree. The Accelerated BSN program allows students to earn the degree in just 15 months. To become eligible for this, you must have earned at least a bachelor's degree in fields other than nursing. You must also have completed prerequisite classes.

Pennsylvania State University

Also referred to as the Penn State, this is a public university that is located in University Park, PA. It has 19 more campuses throughout the state. This school was founded by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of PA in 1855 and was formerly called Farmers' High School Pennsylvania.

Penn State now has 14 schools and colleges to boost, with a yearly enrollment of 90,000 students. The school of Nursing has more than 2,500 students in these 13 campuses. The Accelerated BSN program allows students to earn their BSN degree in a quicker and more intensive manner. In just 16 months of full-time study, you can earn your BSN degree.

The deadline for application is in November for those that are enrolling in August. 

There are 18 nursing schools in Pennsylvania that provide Accelerated BSN program. We gathered some key information about each school to help you learn more about the schools' characteristics and the programs they provide.

Where applicable we also list weighted average NCLEX pass rate of the students who attended the schools in the last 3 years.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.40%

DeSales University
Center Valley, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.20%

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.30%

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.10%

Eastern University
Saint Davids, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.80%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.70%

Misericordia University
Dallas, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.60%

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University Park, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.70%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Altoona, PA


Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Middletown, PA


Robert Morris University
Moon Township, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.20%

Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA


University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.70%

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.50%

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.20%

Waynesburg University
Waynesburg, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.70%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.70%

Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.50%