Education Assistance

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of tuition programs intended to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of those employees interested in attaining a nursing degree, as well as advancing their nursing career. Employees interested in becoming nurses may benefit from the tuition reimbursement program and the nursing scholarship program. The nursing educational assistance program (SEIU, Article 34) and educational privileges at Penn State can assist current nurses with advancing their nursing careers.

Tuition Reimbursement Program

All full-time non-bargained employees of Penn State Hershey have the option of attending a college or university of their choice (other than Penn State) and working toward a degree or certificate program, which is mutually beneficial to both the employee and PSHMC. The employee is reimbursed 85% of their tuition up to $5,250 per calendar year. Employees must submit grades and proof of payment at the end of each course for reimbursement. Many of our current PSHMC employees who are interested in pursuing a nursing degree use this program to complete their pre-requisite courses. The policy explaining this can be found under Human Resources, Policy HR58. Teamster employees are eligible to receive up to $2,100 for undergraduate courses and up to $2,500 for graduate classes.

Nursing Tuition Program

Administered through the Department of Nursing, this program allows both part-time and full-time nurses working towards an advanced nursing degree to be reimbursed 100% of tuition only. Grants and scholarships are not eligible for reimbursement. Full-time nurses qualify for up to $5,250 reimbursement in a calendar year, and part-time employees qualify for up to $1,500. Employees must submit grades and proof of payment at the end of the course for reimbursement. Information regarding this program is located in the SEIU Handbook, page 71, article 34, Educational Assistance or refer to policy HR66.

Educational Privileges

Educational Privileges allow all full-time PSHMC employees to attend any Penn State campus and receive a 75% tuition discount. Classes are offered locally and current BSNs utilize this program to pursue master's level programs. The policy explaining this can be found under Human Resources, Policy HR35.

Programs may be subject to certain levels of taxation.

The tuition application process has been reorganized to allow easy access to all education benefits and opportunities with a single contact in Human Resources to guide you. For additional information or questions regarding any of these programs, contact Lori Miller, Tuition Coordinator, at 717-531-3831.

Nurse Anesthetist Education Expense Program

Purpose

This program provides newly graduated Nurse Anesthetists reimbursement for costs associated with their program of study.  Penn State Hershey Medical Center will provide up to $40,000 towards expenses.  To receive the maximum benefit, Nurse Anesthetists must maintain full-time employment with Penn State Hershey Medical Center as a CRNA for a period of 36 consecutive months.

Eligibility

A full-time, benefit-eligible (0.9 - 1.0 FTE) Nurse Anesthetist who fulfills a defined employment commitment at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  Eligible participants must have:

  • Graduated from a Nurse Anesthesia program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Been hired by Penn State Hershey Medical Center into their first Nurse Anesthetist position since graduating their program of study
  • A current Pennsylvania RN license to practice their profession
  • Certification by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

To learn more about our Nurse Anesthetist Education Expense Program, please contact our Nurse Recruitment team at nurserecruitment@hmc.psu.edu or call (717) 531-5141.