• Nursing Associate Degree

    Why choose our Nursing program?

    At the basis of any nursing program, you will find the underlying mission of helping patients restore and maintain their health. And at PA College, we realize that is much more than you can learn in a book. We pride ourselves in offering a quality education, but we also recognize the level of care and compassion it takes to be a nurse. That’s why with our low student to faculty ratio in the clinical setting, you’re treated like a person and not a number. You will learn in a personal and supportive environment; and because of that, we believe you will be able to offer the same special and nurturing care to your patients. We take pride in shaping students while they are here, knowing they will do great things when they leave.

    Will I be successful?

    Graduation Year *150 % Graduation Rate **Employed % ***Passed Certification %
    2015-16 75.85% 94.20% 87.0%
    2014-15 80.10% 88.50% 84.0%
    2013-14 80.79% 81.50% 78.6%
    *150% or 3 year graduation rate for fall starts.
    **Employment rate from Graduate Survey and personal communication with graduates. This data is self-reported from the respondents.
    ***NCLEX pass rate for first time test takers from October to September  



    What will I learn?
    To accommodate a variety of students, we offer a full-time associate degree in nursing program, an evening-weekend associate degree in nursing program and an advanced placement opportunity for LPN to RNs.

    We offer instruction in our classrooms with dedicated, full-time faculty and support staff that are committed to helping you achieve your goals.  We also offer hands-on learning in your very first semester here at our main clinical affiliate, Lancaster General Health, and its neighboring facilities. Students will be exposed to a variety of clinical settings which include critical care units, pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, community health, physician offices, the VNA and much more, allowing them to learn the area in which they want to specialize.   At PA College, we also recognize the importance of learning in our state-of-the-art simulation labs.  Training in the simulation labs provides students with invaluable experience, because it allows them the opportunity to learn by “doing” and to witness first hand a variety of scenarios that they may or may not see in an actual clinical setting.


    What is the job outlook?
    For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.

    What are the admission requirements?

    Applicants for the evening/weekend program must complete prerequisite college courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II prior to entering NUR 101.

    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

    Program Accreditation

    This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326