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Take your nursing career to the next level

PennWest nursing programs provide opportunities for professional advancement.

According to, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession. If you have already earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing, PennWest’s online Master’s in Nursing programs can take your career to the next level, providing opportunities for professional advancement in a variety of roles as well as additional financial compensation.

You’ll learn from faculty who are skilled clinicians and educators. They are committed to providing you with a strong foundation in evidence-based practice, so you have the confidence to perform your duties at the highest possible level.

Choose from two tracks that lead to high-demand jobs – Nurse Administrator and Family Nurse Practitioner. Courses are delivered online with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction except for clinical practice. You’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams that allow you to use your specialized skills in the delivery of health care.

CCNE information

The RN-BSN, MSN-Administration and Leadership, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at PennWest are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

PennWest University, including Clarion, California, and Edinboro campuses, will submit a self-study and host a site visit for our accrediting body, CCNE. The site visit will be on March 29-31, 2023.  This serves as formal notification of the upcoming visit and provides an opportunity for third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation.  

CCNE must receive written third-party comments regarding programs by no later than 21 days prior (March 1, 2023) to the first day of the scheduled on-site evaluation. CCNE accepts only signed comments. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team before the visit, but these comments are not shared with the program at any time during the review process. During its program review, the evaluation team considers third-party comments related to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on the Conduct of Business.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

ACEN information

The BSN, RN-BSN, MSN- Nurse Practitioner programs at PennWest are accredited by ACEN:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2020, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) earned a median income of $117,670 per year.

National Rankings

In 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranked our online MSN program 35th in the country for Best Online Master’s in Nursing and ranked us among America’s Best Nursing Programs in the East.

Fully Accredited

PennWest’s M.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Fast Facts


Number of clinical practice hours required for the Family Nurse Practitioner program.


Varies by concentration


100% online

Start Terms:

Varies by concentration


Graduate Admissions


Administration and Leadership
Family Nurse Practitioner

Careers and Salaries

What Can I Do with a Master’s in Nursing?

When you earn a master’s degree in nursing, a world of opportunities opens to you. Check out these median incomes posted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2021:

  • Nursing Administrator: $104,280
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP): $111,680
  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers: $75,470
  • Clinical Nurse Leader: $104,107
  • Informatics Nurse: $102,230
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM): $111,130
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: $106,407
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): $183,580

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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