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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences to Launch MSN Nurse Practitioner Program

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April 25, 2019
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, the area’s preeminent institution for the health care field, today announced it will launch a Master of Science Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP) degree program in the Fall 2019 semester. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences’ program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and will support the growing need for nurse practitioners. 
PA College has designed its MSN-NP program to prepare students to provide quality patient care and meet the needs of the current health care landscape. The MSN-NP Program will be structured as a hybrid course with a flexible learning environment to support working professionals in advancing their careers through continued education. Students will be able to choose from three specialty tracks: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Family Across the Lifespan and Psychiatric-Mental Health.
“Our nursing department is continually evolving and developing new programs to reflect the changing needs of the health care field,” said Dr. Cheryl Grab, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Dean of Nursing. “There is a high demand for nurse practitioners in Lancaster, and across the entire country, to serve growing populations in need of specialized care. PA College is excited to offer this program and prepare professionals to best serve our community’s needs.” 
The faculty for each NP track maintain their population-focused expertise by obtaining national certification in their specialty and maintaining current clinical practice in their area of expertise. The program will provide students with an individualized one-on-one approach to the curriculum, as well as hands-on experience including simulation techniques, diagnostic and procedure training, and health assessment practice. PA College’s robust MSN-NP program consists of 51-53 credits, depending on the specific track, and requires 720 clinical hours for program completion. 
“At PA College, we are dedicated to providing the best opportunities for our students while elevating the care available to the community,” said Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences President. “This program is a testament to our efforts in leading health care education through rigorous curricula and seasoned faculty. We look forward to contributing to the Pennsylvania community with improved quality of care through our educational programs.” 
The hybrid format, a combination of online and blended instruction, admits registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree and have at least two years of relevant clinical experience in nursing. Upon program completion, all students will be eligible to take the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for their specialty. In addition, students specializing in the Family Nurse Practitioner track will be eligible to take the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) board exam. Courses begin in the Fall of 2019 and can be completed in three semesters.
To learn more about the MSN Nurse Practitioner program offered at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, visit: https://www.pacollege.edu/academics/masters-degrees/master-nurse-practitioner/
About Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences 
A dynamic and academically rigorous institution, Pennsylvania College of HealthSciences is a private, accredited, four-year college focusing exclusively on the field ofhealth care. Offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, aswell as a number of certificate programs, PA College provides professional developmentfor health care workers throughout their career. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, theCollege attracts a select group of more than 1,800 students to study with faculty who areexperts in their specialty areas.

Sarah Mongeau
717-947-6060 | smongeau2@PAcollege.edu