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. 

Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University


1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-6000

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

DeSales University

DeSales University


2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 282-1100

Drexel University

Drexel University


3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

Duquesne University

Duquesne University


Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

Eastern University

Eastern University


1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087
(610) 341-5800

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
(814) 732-2000

Misericordia University

Misericordia University


301 Lake St
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 674-6400

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

Pennsylvania State University - University Park


201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700

Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University


6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania


1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-5000

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus


4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141

Villanova University

Villanova University


800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4500

Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University


51 W College St
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 627-8191

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester University of Pennsylvania


University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-1000

Wilkes University

Wilkes University


84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-5000

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Altoona

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Altoona


3000 Ivyside Pk
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 949-5000

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Harrisburg


777 W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
(717) 948-6452