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Throughout the past century, PA College has grown from one nursing program with a handful of students to nearly 20 degree options with over 1,800 students enrolled.

The PA College Timeline

1893Lancaster General Hospital was founded “for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a hospital for the treatment and care of the sick and suffering, and the training of nurses to be employed in such care.”
1903Lancaster General Hospital established its School of Nursing, which offered a three-year training program.
1952The hospital developed a medical laboratory science, its first allied health program. It continued to add programs throughout the following decades.
1974The school graduated its first male nurse.
1995The nursing and health sciences programs merged to form the Lancaster Institute for Health Education.
2001The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted the Institute the ability to confer degrees. The Institute became the Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
2006The College received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
2009The College introduced several baccalaureate degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an RN to BSN option.
2013As a result of two years of branding research, the Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences announced a new name: The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.
2015PA College began offering graduate-level courses for four master’s degree programs.
2016The College moved from the Lancaster General Hospital campus to its location on
Greenfield Road in Lancaster.
2017The College added a doctoral degree with the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.