You can enter the nursing profession by selecting from a variety of
accredited nursing education programs designed to meet the diverse needs
of both traditional and non-traditional students. All programs prepare
students for the licensing examination and are readily available at
schools throughout the Philadelphia region and nation. These programs
Associate Degree: These are typically two-year
courses of study, usually in a community college, which confer
an associate degree at the completion of the required course of
Diploma: These programs are typically 2-3 year
hospital-based programs that award a diploma at the completion
of the required course of study. Some programs also award an
associate degree as well as the diploma.
Baccalaureate: The 4 year baccalaureate program
confers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the
completion of the required course of study. Some baccalaureate
programs also offer RN-to-BSN completion programs for registered
nurses who graduated from associate degree and diploma programs.
Second Degree Options: Exciting new programs
for those who have a degree in another discipline and wish to
change their career path to nursing.
Graduate Nursing Education: These programs
award a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. They prepare
nurses for advanced practice in a wide variety of areas
including: education, practice, administration and informatics.
There are many areas of specialization in the realm of clinical
practice—Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner, to name a few. Doctoral education may award a
Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
upon completion of the program.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.