RN to BSN Programs in Pennsylvania

Currently, Pennsylvania has 131,000 licensed RNs. Though this is the case, the shortage for nurses is foreseeable in the near future. The Health Resources Service Administration has stated that 54,000 RNs will be required by the year 2020 in order to meet the needs. Throughout the country, the need will be a staggering 500,000 RNs. This makes registered nursing, the quickest growing career in the U.S. till at least 2018; this is according to the AACN or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice has pointed out that there should be at least two-thirds of practicing registered nurses that hold a BSN degree. At present, there is only 36-37% of RNs that already hold this degree. 

The benefits of accomplishing the BSN degree are numerous. While many RNs begin as staff nurses, those that hold BSN degrees can more easily advance professionally. Bachelorette degree holders also have the option to enroll in Master’s Degree in Nursing easily. Nurses that hold BSN degrees are also are observed to be better prepared to meet their patients’ needs across different medical settings. The degree is also a symbol of credibility and prestige. 

Here are top nursing schools to consider if you want to enroll in a RN to BSN Degree Completion program

Pennsylvania State University 

Enrollees have an option to study full-time or part-time at any of the 10 campuses. The web-based program is provided by the university through the Penn State World Campus. Founded in 1855, this university is one of the leading nursing education providers in the country, with in-state tuition and fees amounting to $16,444 during the academic year 2012-2013. 

BSN students can look forward to the University Park Campus which is renown as the Happy Valley. There is never a dull moment during your BSN study as there are almost 90 sororities and fraternities to consider. 

The requirements for the university’s RN to BSN programs may be different at each campus. Get in touch with them to find out about the exact requirements, curriculum and possible ways to pay for the program. 

Chamberlain College of Nursing 

This educational institution has over 120 years to back its claim that it can help you achieve your nursing goals. The college also has high tech facilities and labs; expert faculty and a student-centered approach in teaching. 

The school’s online programs allow the students to take their classes at their own convenient time. This is great news for working individuals and students that are tied up with family obligations. 

The Chamberlain online programs are –

  • RN to BSN (for registered nurses only)
  • MSN (for RNs who also want to take MSN while finishing their BSN degree
  • Graduate Certificate Program (for MSN-prepared nurses who would want to specialize in critical areas of nursing) 

The Chamberlain College of Nursing is duly accredited by the HLC or Higher Learning Commission. It is also a North Central Association of Colleges and Schools member. 

Take note that the program availability may vary depending on the location of the student. 

La Salle University in Philadelphia 

La Salle is a private, co-educational learning institution with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences located at the original WisterTower in the Germantown Hospital Campus. La Salle aims to provide excellent teaching by facilitating their students’ developments. For them, producing nurses that truly care for their patients is one of their main goals. 

The RN to BSN program at this university is fully web-based, hence, students can move forward according to their preferred pace. Faculty members can be contacted through chat rooms and virtual classrooms. The nursing courses can be accomplished in about 13 months with zero clinical requirements. 

Alvernia University

Alvernia University


400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607
(610) 796-8200

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


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

Carlow University

Carlow University


3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 578-6000

Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College


100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 606-4666

DeSales University

DeSales University

Online
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

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

Gannon University

Gannon University

Online
109 W Sixth St
Erie, PA 16541
(814) 871-7000

Holy Family University

Holy Family University


9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(215) 637-7700

Immaculata University

Immaculata University


1145 King Rd
Immaculata, PA 19345
(610) 647-4400

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus


1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705
(724) 357-2100

La Salle University

La Salle University


1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000

Marywood University

Marywood University


2300 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 348-6211

Misericordia University

Misericordia University


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

Moravian College

Moravian College


1200 Main St
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 861-1360

Neumann University

Neumann University


One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014
(610) 459-0905

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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

Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University

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

Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University


117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto, PA 15940
(814) 472-3000

Temple University

Temple University

Online
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-7000

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania


34th & Spruce Street
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

University of Scranton

University of Scranton


800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 941-7400

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

Widener University

Widener University

Online
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 499-4000

Wilkes University

Wilkes University


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

York College Pennsylvania

York College Pennsylvania


441 Country Club Rd
York, PA 17403
(717) 846-7788

Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University

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

California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania


250 University Ave
California, PA 15419
(724) 938-4400

Chatham University

Chatham University

Online
Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365-1100

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg


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

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