York College of Pennsylvania Stabler Department of Nursing

York College of Pennsylvania's Donald and Dorothy Stabler Nursing Program offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and COA accredited DNP-Nurse Anesthesia degree programs. They also offer Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner degree programs as well as Certificates. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
  • Location York, Pennsylvania
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CRNA, CNS, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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In 1787, York College of Pennsylvania, a private institution, was founded.


Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing

The BSN program, also known as the Donald and Dorothy Stabler Nursing program, leads to a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing. After successful completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and be licensed in his or her State.

RN to BS in Nursing

The RN to BS program in Nursing is for current Registered Nurses. The program is offered on a part- or full- time status.

Registered Nurses must have graduated from an NLNAC-accredited program, hold a current license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania, and meet program requirements to be eligible for admission into the Nursing program. If these qualifications match you, then you gain credit into the program with just having your RN degree. Students who hold an RN may be granted up to 75 credits for coursework (nursing plus support courses) completed at a community college or all coursework completed at a four-year institution.  Nurses who hold another baccalaureate degree are required to complete only the required nursing and support courses.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing program tracks include: Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, and nurse educator.

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

After successful graduation students are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing exam to be certified as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist AGCNS-BC.

Quick Facts for MSN Degrees

  • 41 credits
  • 504 clinical hours
  • Approximately 3 years
  • Evening classes; part-time
  • Campus-based

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

To being in Fall, applications are due March 1. After earning the degree, graduates will be eligible for credentialing as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner by ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

Quick Facts for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Programs

  • 44 credits
  • 672 clinical hours
  • Two- or three-year programs of study
  • Afternoon and evening classes; part time; begin in fall semester
  • Campus-based

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate

Those who have earned their Master's degree are eligible for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate. This program gives an additional 600+ clinical hours of experience. There are options for licensed and non-APRNs.  Classes begin in fall semester only. After graduation, students are eligible for credentialing as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner by AGPCNP (ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center) and A-GNP (AANP American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

 Quick Facts for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate

  • Gap analysis performed to determine credits required
  • 672 clinical hours
  • One to two-year program of study, part-time
  • Afternoon and evening classes
  • Campus-based

Nurse Educator

After graduation, students are eligible for certification as a certified nurse educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing.

Quick Facts for the Nurse Educator Program

  • 39 credits
  • 224 clinical hours
  • Part-time, approximate length 3 years
  • Evening classes
  • Campus-based

Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's DNP)

The post master's DNP is for nurses who have already earned a master's degree. The program is a two-year, 37-credit program offered in an executive format. Students are required to complete 336 hours of clinical time to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-based scholarly project.

The program culminates with practice immersion experiences within the clinical setting.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Nurse Anesthetist DNP)

The program has been upgraded to a Doctor of Nursing Practice to stay up-to-date with recommendations. Upon program completion, graduates be eligible for certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Quick Facts for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthetist DNP

  • 102 credits
  • 2,000 clinical hours
  • Full-time
  • Summer start
  • 36-month program
  • Daytime classes
  • Campus-based


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate, master's and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Anesthesia programs.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Anesthesia program.

York College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Rankings and Accolades

US News & World Report (2019)

  • #93 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #52 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #58 in Best Value Schools
  • #74 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia

Niche (2019)

  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #270 of 599
  • Best Value Colleges in America #417 of 1,590
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #571 of 687
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #1,399 of 1,592
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Pennsylvania #14 of 53
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Pennsylvania #36 of 44
  • Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania #51 of 110
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania #96 of 105

College Factual (2018-2019)

  • #37 slot on our ranking of Best Colleges for the Money in Pennsylvania
  • #229 on the Best Colleges for the Money list, placing it in the top 20% overall

NursingSchoolAlmanac.com (2017-2018)

  • #100 nursing school in the U.S. (in the top 4% of the 3,200 schools considered)
  • # 48 among private nursing schools
  • # 18 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region

BestValueSchools.com ranked York University in the Top 15 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (2018).

The Princeton Review named York College a Best Northeastern College (2018).

Barron's Best Buys in College Education included York College of Pennsylvania.

Parents and Colleges ranked York College as 8th on its list of Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges and Universities.

The Washington Post named York College among 100 "Colleges Worth Considering" nationwide.

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