Pennsylvania Nursing Programs

Nursing students in Pennsylvania can look forward to not only a selection of great learning institutions in the country, but also great post-graduate employment prospects.

LPN and RN programs are plentiful, with many schools offering options for online learning and flexible scheduling. Those with an LPN looking to transition to an RN have dozens of programs to look through, and they’re offered by some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

Any RNs looking for an extra boost in income can look forward to a bounty of options for RN-to-BSN programs, with over 30 accredited schools to choose from and some very appealing online options as well.

Pennsylvania’s options for doctorate degrees are also immensely impressive, with literally dozens of programs to choose from  – and keep in mind, most other states have just a few, if any PHD programs.

Many of them require an MSN for entry, so those who already have an advanced degree in nursing will be able to have more options. But anyone looking to complete their advanced education in Pennsylvania with more options than they would have thought possible.

What’s even more impressive about Pennsylvania’s doctorate degree programs is that many can be pursued online at schools like the University of Pittsburgh, which offers 8 options for online specialties in their nursing degree doctorate programs.

Job Outlook for Nurses in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania already employs a large number of RNs, but shortages still exist just as they do across the country. What this means for nursing students is that job prospects will continue to remain strong for the next few years.

In response to the shortages, Pennsylvania has set specific goals for how many RNs, LPNs, and advanced practice nurses it wants to bring into the workforce over the next few years. As the state puts into practice its goal-achieving measures, nursing students all across the state will benefit.

In addition to future measures to encourage growth in the nursing industry, the state already employs almost 130,000 RNs, which is above much of the rest of the country. Other careers with high employment in Pennsylvania include nursing assistants, who number over 70,000, and LPNs, who number over 35,000.

State salaries are above the national average as well, which combines well with Pennsylvania’s relatively low cost of living.

Although Pennsylvania’s demand for all kinds of RNs is high, those with BSN degrees will be in higher demand, and those students willing to invest a few extra years in their education will be more than rewarded for their effort.

As far as career opportunities for those seeking a master’s degree or above, advanced practice nursing is also looking at a boom in the near future, and for the same reasons. Among advanced practice nursing fields, nurse anesthetists have the best job prospects in Pennsylvania, as can be seen by the high relative rates of employment in the state compared to other jobs. (More information on relative rates of employment for nursing jobs in Pennsylvania is available in the tables below.)

Nurse practitioners can also look forward to good job prospects, as Pennsylvania has a low ratio of NPs to adult population in its rural areas. This is a problem that will need to be corrected in the near future.

Average Income for Nursing Related Jobs in Pennsylvania

The table below includes information on nursing jobs in Pennsylvania, with career options sorted roughly in order of the amount of schooling required.

If you want to obtain a job near the bottom of the list and earn more, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree, and in many cases, graduate degree schooling.

We’ve also included the total employment and location quotient (LQ), which can be used to discern how concentrated a job is in a particular area. Your job’s LQ is a ratio of how many jobs are available in your chosen field compared to the total number of jobs in the area.

Compare an LQ to 100 to see if its concentration is more or less common than the US average.

Data from BLS 2012 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Nursing Assistants
Employment:71,660
LQ:1.17
$20,320 $26,850 $36,030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN / LVN)
Employment:35,680
LQ:1.16
$31,430 $42,130 $56,140
Registered Nurses
Employment:125,230
LQ:1.11
$45,480 $63,590 $88,880
Nursing Instructors and Teachers
Employment:3,200
LQ:1.32
$43,390 $68,400 $116,680
Nurse Practitioners
Employment:3,460
LQ:0.76
$43,180 $83,430 $116,260
Nurse Midwives
Employment:110
LQ:0.44
$55,930 $83,630 $110,040
Nurse Anesthetists
Employment:2,050
LQ:1.40
$125,810 $159,000 N/A