Become a Nurse in Pennsylvania – APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/18/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Pennsylvania
Nursing Licenses in Pennsylvania Master’s Required?
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Pennsylvania Nursing Salaries

Pennsylvania Nursing Salaries
PA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Annual Mean Wage Pittsburgh Annual Mean Wage Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $48,120 $55,360 $44,880 $49,820
Registered Nurse $70,390 $77,680 $66,250 $67,700
Nurse Practitioner $98,250 $106,690 $94,720 $101,370
Nurse Anesthetist $171,250 $177,120 $177,190 $151,410
Nurse Midwife $96,710 $98,480 $65,460 Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Pennsylvania in March 2020.

There are many paths to become a nurse in Pennsylvania. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Pennsylvania, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Pennsylvania nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Pennsylvania, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Pennsylvania is not a Nursing Licensure Compact state, however, they do have pending legislation.

Prescriptive Authority in Pennsylvania

Certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. CRNPs must provide proof of completion of 45 hours of coursework related to pharmacology as a part of the CRNP education program or another program approved by the board. The coursework must be a part of a program that is at the advanced level and has been completed within the last five years before application. An application for prescriptive authority is $95.

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Pennsylvania

Education: Completed an accredited, board-approved master’s or postmaster’s nurse practitioner program.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification: National Certification as a Nurse Practitioner

Fees:

  • $100 for In-State Nursing Programs
  • $140 for Out-of-State Nursing Programs

Additional Information: An active Pennsylvania registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: CRNP certifications are renewed biennially and require a fee of $81 for the certification and an additional $41 for prescriptive authority. CRNP certifications expire at the same time as the RN licenses. CRNPs must provide proof of at least 30 hours of continuing education within the last two years with 16 of the 30 in pharmacology for prescriptive authority CRNPs.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Pennsylvania

Education: Completed program with a master’s, doctorate, or post-master’s certification in nursing recognized for national certification in clinical nurse specialist.

Examination: National certification examination for clinical nurse specialists.

Certification: National Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist

Fees:

  • $115 Certification Fee

Additional Information: An active Pennsylvania registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: CNS certification is renewed biennially. CNSs must provide proof of 30 continuing education hours within the last two years. CNS licensure expires at the same time as a CNS’s professional nursing license. Fees for renewal at $56.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Pennsylvania

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $95 Licensure by Examination – In-State
  • $115 Licensure by Examination – Out-of-State
  • $120 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $145 Licensure by Endorsement with Examination
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: Renewal of RN licenses occur biennially and require a fee of $122.

Endorsement: RNs who have obtained licensure in another state as a result of application and completion of an approved professional nursing education program in the U.S. or Canada are able to apply for licensure by endorsement in Pennsylvania.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Pennsylvania

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $95 Licensure by Examination – In-State
  • $115 Licensure by Examination – Out-of-State
  • $120 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $145 Licensure by Endorsement with Examination

Renewal: Renewal of LPN licenses occur biennially and require a fee of $76.

Endorsement: LPNss who have obtained licensure in another state as a result of application and completion of an approved professional nursing education program in the U.S. or Canada are able to apply for licensure by endorsement in Pennsylvania.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in Pennsylvania was retrieved from Pennsylvania Code – State Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

Earn your MSN online from USC’s Top-Ranked School of Social Work.

  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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