Open house for new nurse practitioner program set for Dec. 6

Penn State Mont Alto will hold an open house for the new nurse practitioners program from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Heritage Room at the Millstream Cafe on campus. To register for this free event or for more information, contact Charlene Saeman at 717-749-6137 or cms50@psu.edu.

Area nurses now have access to a master’s degree program to prepare them to work as nurse practitioners. The Penn State School of Nursing is expanding its present NP program to two additional campuses, including Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton. This master of science degree program does not require General Record Exams (GRE) for admission, but it does provide students two specialty options: the family nurse practitioner or the adult nurse practitioner. The program currently is offered at four other Penn State campuses. The School of Nursing received funding through two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants. One grant has enabled the University to expand its nurse practitioner 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).

The program is a four-semester, master’s level cohort beginning next fall at Penn State Mont Alto; space is limited to six students. It is available to registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The program will prepare nurses for direct patient care, leadership roles in practice settings, and nursing education. Specialties include:

-- Family nurse practitioner: 47-50 credits

-- Adult nurse practitioner: 41-44 credits

The Penn State School of Nursing also offers a registered nurse program and a bachelor’s degree program at the Mont Alto campus.

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Last Updated November 09, 2010