Masterís Degree in Nursing to be Offered at Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton Campuses

November 9, 2010

Beginning fall 2011, the Penn State School of Nursing will expand its master’s-level Nurse Practitioner (NP) program to Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State Worthington Scranton. The program is currently offered at four other Penn State campuses.

The four-semester program is designed to prepare nurses for direct patient care, leadership roles in practice settings, and further nursing education and provides students two specialty options—the Family Nurse Practitioner or the Adult Nurse Practitioner.

The School of Nursing is able to pursue this expansion due to funding received through two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants. One grant has enabled the school to expand its NP program to rural, medically underserved areas; the other will fund tuition and books for select students for their two years of study (program candidates who serve rural communities and enroll full time will be considered).

According to HRSA, Pennsylvania has the sixth-highest documented number of health provider shortage areas in the country. In September 2009, HRSA designated 1,161 health provider shortage areas for primary care in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has begun to address the primary care shortage through Governor Rendell’s 2007 Prescription for Pennsylvania (Rx for PA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) Primary Health Care Practitioner Program, which provides educational loan repayment for primary care providers, including NPs, when they are placed in underserved rural and urban areas.

Those interested in applying do not need General Record Exams (GREs) for admission, but the program is geared toward registered nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. For more information, please contact the following campus coordinators:

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Editors: For additional information, contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.