Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania is home to 168 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 116 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Pennsylvania.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

Listed below are all nursing schools in Pennsylvania. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 168 nursing schools in the state of Pennsylvania. And according to our database 7 schools have been closed permanently.

Institution RN PN RN PN
Saint Francis University
Location: Loretto, PA
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN
100.0%
1
Northampton County Area Community College
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
98.4% 91.6%
2
12
Waynesburg University
Location: Waynesburg, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
97.9%
3
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Location: Bloomsburg, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Accelerated BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
97.6%
4
Carlow University
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
96.7%
5
Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Lewistown, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
96.3%
6
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Location: Mansfield, PA
Programs offered: BSN
95.4%
7
Messiah College
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Programs offered: BSN
95.4%
7
Cedar Crest College
Location: Allentown, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
95.3%
8
Drexel University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
95.3%
8
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Location: University Park, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN LPN to ADN
95.2%
9
Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing
Location: Sharon, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
95.2%
9
Eastern University
Location: Saint Davids, PA
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
94.6%
10
University of Scranton
Location: Scranton, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters LPN to BSN RN to BSN
94.6%
10
Gannon University
Location: Erie, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
94.4% 11
Temple University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
94.3% 12
Alvernia University
Location: Reading, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters LPN to BSN RN to BSN
94.1% 13
Misericordia University
Location: Dallas, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
93.6% 14
Robert Morris University
Location: Moon Township, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
93.5% 15
St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
93.5% 15
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Location: Indiana, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral LPN to BSN RN to BSN
93.4% 16
Duquesne University
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
93.0% 17
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Location: Williamsport, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN LPN LPN to ADN
92.7% 95.8% 18
5
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Location: Edinboro, PA
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
92.3% 19
Jameson Health System
Location: New Castle, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
92.3% 19
DeSales University
Location: Center Valley, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
92.0% 20
University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
91.9% 21
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Location: Clarion, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN
91.2% 22
Villanova University
Location: Villanova, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
91.2% 22
Moravian College
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
91.1% 23
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Programs offered: BSN
90.7% 24
Washington Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Washington, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
90.6% 25
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Accelerated BSN RN to BSN Diploma
90.5% 26
Community College of Allegheny County
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
90.4% 27
Neumann University
Location: Aston, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
90.3% 28
Community College of Beaver County
Location: Monaca, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
89.6% 100.0% 29
1
Mount Aloysius College
Location: Cresson, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN BSN
89.6% 29
Citizens School of Nursing
Location: New Kensington, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
89.2% 30
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
89.0% 94.2% 31
8
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
89.0% 31
Lock Haven University
Location: Lock Haven, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN
88.9% 32
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Location: Lancaster, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN
88.8% 33
Wilkes University
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated MSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
88.6% 34
Butler County Community College
Location: Butler, PA
Programs offered: ADN
88.5% 35
Marywood University
Location: Scranton, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters LPN to BSN RN to BSN
88.5% 35
La Salle University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Accelerated MSN Doctoral LPN to BSN RN to BSN
88.4% 36
Washington & Jefferson College
Location: Washington, PA
Programs offered: BSN
87.8% 37
Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
87.6% 38
Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing
Location: Willow Grove, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
87.5% 39
York College Pennsylvania
Location: York, PA
Programs offered: BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
87.3% 40
Delaware County Community College
Location: Media, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN LPN
87.1% 41
Widener University
Location: Chester, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
87.1% 41
Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
86.9% 42
Community College of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: ADN
86.8% 43
DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Location: Johnstown, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
86.7% 44
Westmoreland County Community College
Location: Youngwood, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
86.6% 45
Montgomery County Community College
Location: Blue Bell, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
85.3% 46
Holy Family University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
85.1% 47
Luzerne County Community College
Location: Nanticoke, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
84.5% 48
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
Location: Reading, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
83.8% 49
Pittsburgh's Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing
Location: McKees Rocks, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
83.7% 50
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Location: Bradford, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN BSN
83.6% 51
Reading Area Community College
Location: Reading, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
83.4% 85.6% 52 25
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Location: Schnecksville, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
83.3% 93.9% 53
9
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville
Location: Titusville, PA
Programs offered: ADN
82.4% 54
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
81.4% 55
St Margaret School of Nursing
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Diploma LPN
80.2% 56
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
79.8% 57
La Roche College
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN BSN
78.7% 58
Mercyhurst University
Location: Erie, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
78.0% 80.0% 59 34
Bucks County Community College
Location: Newtown, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
77.7% 88.0% 60 19
Gwynedd Mercy University
Location: Gwynedd Valley, PA
Programs offered: ADN Masters BSN
70.4% 61
Harcum College
Location: Bryn Mawr, PA
Programs offered: ADN
69.6% 62
Lincoln University
Location: Lincoln University, PA
Programs offered: BSN
52.4% 63
Pittsburgh Technical College
Location: Oakdale, PA
Programs offered: LPN ADN
52.3% 71.0% 64 39
Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology
Location: Mount Braddock, PA
Programs offered: LPN
100.0%
1
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Location: Downingtown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
97.8%
2
Greene County Career and Technology Center
Location: Waynesburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
97.8%
2
Crawford County Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program
Location: Meadville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
97.6%
3
Indiana County Technology Center
Location: Indiana, PA
Programs offered: LPN
97.3%
4
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit LPN Career
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
95.0%
6
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
Location: Scranton, PA
Programs offered: LPN
94.4%
7
Fortis Institute-Erie
Location: Erie, PA
Programs offered: LPN
93.6%
10
Somerset County Technology Center
Location: Somerset, PA
Programs offered: LPN
91.9% 11
Franklin County Career and Technology Center
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
91.1% 13
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
Location: Willow Street, PA
Programs offered: LPN
89.9% 14
Northern Tier Career Center
Location: Towanda, PA
Programs offered: LPN
89.9% 14
Lincoln Technical Institute-Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: LPN
89.6% 15
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
Location: Clearfield, PA
Programs offered: LPN
89.3% 16
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology
Location: Lewistown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
89.2% 17
Delaware County Technical School-Practical Nursing Program
Location: Broomall, PA
Programs offered: LPN
88.3% 18
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
Location: Altoona, PA
Programs offered: LPN
87.6% 20
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program
Location: Uniontown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
87.2% 21
Lenape Technical School Practical Nursing Program
Location: Ford City, PA
Programs offered: LPN
86.4% 22
Fortis Institute-Scranton
Location: Scranton, PA
Programs offered: LPN
86.3% 23
Lincoln Technical Institute-Allentown
Location: Allentown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
86.0% 24
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
Location: Willow Grove, PA
Programs offered: LPN
85.0% 26
Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
Location: Mill Creek, PA
Programs offered: LPN
84.9% 27
Schuylkill Technology Center
Location: Frackville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
83.9% 28
Lincoln Technical Institute-Northeast Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: LPN
83.3% 29
Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing
Location: Wilkes Barre, PA
Programs offered: LPN
83.0% 30
York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education
Location: York, PA
Programs offered: LPN
83.0% 30
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Location: Pleasant Gap, PA
Programs offered: LPN
82.4% 31
Mercer County Career Center
Location: Mercer, PA
Programs offered: LPN
82.4% 31
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center
Location: Johnstown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
81.3% 32
Western Area Career & Technology Center
Location: Canonsburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
80.3% 33
Jefferson County Dubois Area Vocational Technical Practical Nursing Program
Location: Reynoldsville, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
80.0% 34
Venango County Area Vocational Technical School
Location: Oil City, PA
Programs offered: LPN
80.0% 34
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley
Location: Center Valley, PA
Programs offered: LPN
79.0% 35
Brightwood Career Institute-Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: LPN
78.8% 36
Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School
Location: Lebanon, PA
Programs offered: LPN
75.6% 37
Clarion County Career Center Practical Nursing Program
Location: Shippenville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
73.5% 38
Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center
Location: Springville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
66.8% 40
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
Location: Media, PA
Programs offered: LPN
65.4% 41
Prism Career Institute-Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: LPN
62.4% 42
Hazleton Area Career Center
Location: Hazle TWP., PA
Programs offered: LPN
52.8% 43
Aria Health School of Nursing
Location: Trevose, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
California University of Pennsylvania
Location: California, PA
Programs offered: Masters RN to BSN BSN
Chatham University
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Masters Doctoral RN to BSN BSN
Immaculata University
Location: Immaculata, PA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Location: Kutztown, PA
Programs offered:
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Location: Millersville, PA
Programs offered: BSN
Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered:
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
Location: Washington, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Location: Altoona, PA
Programs offered: ADN BSN Accelerated BSN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
Location: Erie, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly
Location: Lemont Furnace, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Location: Middletown, PA
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated BSN RN to BSN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton
Location: Hazleton, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
Location: Mont Alto, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton
Location: Dunmore, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
PITC Institute
Location: Wyncote, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Saint Joseph's University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
Joseph F McCloskey School of Nursing at Schuylkill Health
Location: Pottsville, PA
Programs offered: Diploma
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Location: Slippery Rock, PA
Programs offered: BSN
Thomas Jefferson University
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: ADN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN RN to BSN BSN
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
Location: Reading, PA
Programs offered: LPN
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Location: Johnstown, PA
Programs offered: BSN
University of Phoenix - Pittsburgh Campus
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs offered: Doctoral
Montgomery County Community College - West Campus
Location: Pottstown, PA
Programs offered: LPN to ADN
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Programs offered: RN to BSN
Geisinger Medical Center
Location: Danville, PA
Programs offered: ADN
Northampton County Area Community College - Monroe County Branch Campus
Location: Tannersville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Allegany College of Maryland - Bedford County Campus
Location: Everett, PA
Programs offered: LPN to ADN
Clarion University of Pennsylvania - Venango Campus
Location: Oil City, PA
Programs offered: ADN
Community College of Allegheny County - Boyce Campus
Location: Monroeville, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center - Monroeville Satellite Campus #2
Location: Monroeville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Harrisburg Area Community College - York Center Campus
Location: York, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania - Clearfield Campus
Location: Clearfield, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Luzerne County Community College at Kulpmont Nursing Center
Location: Kulpmont, PA
Programs offered: ADN LPN to ADN
Mercyhurst North East
Location: North East, PA
Programs offered: LPN to ADN
York College of Pennsylvania at Harley - Davidson
Location: York, PA
Programs offered: Masters Doctoral
Bucks County Community College - Perkasie Campus
Location: Perkasie, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Center for Arts & Technology - West Grove Campus
Location: West Grove, PA
Programs offered: LPN
North Central Information Technology Education Center
Location: Ridgeway, PA
Programs offered: LPN
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology - Park House at Providence Point
Location: Willow Grove, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology - Peter Beck Community
Location: Harleysville, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Fayette County Career & Technology Institute
Location: Uniontown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Location: Johnstown, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg Campus
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster Campus
Location: Lancaster, PA
Programs offered: LPN LPN to ADN
Institute for Caregiver Education
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Keystone Job Corps Center
Location: Drums, PA
Programs offered: LPN
New Courtland Education Center
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Location: Williamsport, PA
Programs offered: LPN
UPMC St. Margaret - McKeesport Hospital Campus
Location: McKeesport, PA
Programs offered: LPN
Indiana County Community College Center of WCCC
Location: Indiana, PA
Programs offered: LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

Erie Business Center (Closed in 2014)
LPN
Hanover Public School District Practical Nursing Program (Closed in 2014)
LPN
Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing (Closed in 2013)
Diploma
Lawrence County Career and Technical Center - Practical Nursing Program (Closed in 2014)
LPN
Brandywine School of Nursing (Closed in 2010)
Diploma
METHODIST HOSPITAL (Closed in 2018)
Diploma
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Health System (Closed in 2009)
LPN

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