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Requirements

Discover what you’ll need to apply to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, when to submit your application and what to expect next.

General Admissions Requirements

Students applying for admission must meet the following general requirements. Some programs (BSN Programs, BSHS, Radiography) also have requirements specific to the area of study.

  • Graduation from an approved secondary school; a diploma from an accredited home school association; or a GED.
    • High school courses must include a minimum of 16 units: four in English, one in biology, one in science with lab and two in algebra. Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill these high school requirements.
    • Preferred applicants will have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
  • Satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT exam.
    • Use SAT code #2374 or ACT code #3609 to send scores directly to us.
    • Preferred applicants will have a combined reading and math score of 1000 or greater.
    • These exams are not required if more than two years have elapsed since either graduation or the earning of the GED.

Students must also submit the following documents

  • A high school transcript or official GED transcript. Your high school transcript must have an official school stamp and include both work completed through the junior year and courses in progress during senior year.
  • Official transcripts of all educational institutions attended.
  • SAT or ACT scores.
  • Two recommendations. These can come from guidance counselors, teachers, professors, advisors, employers or community leaders and should be submitted electronically.
  • An essay.
    • Undergraduate programs: Describe the top three reasons PA College is the school for you, and three reasons why you are the student for PA College. This essay should not exceed 500 words, and should be in Word, .JPG or .PDF format.
    • Graduate programs: Submit a professional goal statement.

Additional factors for consideration include

  • Class rank
  • Academic performance in secondary- and college-level math and science courses
  • Community service
  • Health care related service

Application Deadline

  • For bachelor’s and master’s degrees, we accept applications throughout the year as space allows.
  • For associate degree and certificates, applications are due February 1 for programs beginning in August and August 1 for programs beginning in January.

International Student Requirements

If you’re not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:

  • Satisfy general admission requirements
  • Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey

Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.

All undergraduate degree applicants must meet the general admissions requirements. The programs listed below have additional requirements for admission.

RN to BSN

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited associate degree nursing program or hospital-based program with a 2.0 minimum GPA. They must also be working in a health care setting for a minimum of eight hours per week. Applicants are required to submit a copy of their nursing license or temporary work permit.

3-Year BSN

Because of the rigor of the accelerated BSN curriculum, applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Applicants must have graduated from an approved secondary school, met the requirements for the GED or received a diploma from an accredited home school association.
  • High school-level courses must include a minimum of 16 units, with:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics (2 algebra)
    • 2 units of science with a related lab (1 biology and 1 chemistry)
    • 2 units of a foreign language.

*Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill high school requirements.

  • Satisfactory achievement on the SAT or the ACT. If more than two years have elapsed since either graduation or earning a GED, prospective students will be required to demonstrate academic success in a college-level math or science course with a lab.
  • Preferred applicants will have:
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater in secondary education
    • SAT combined reading and math score of 1100 or better
    • A composite ACT score of 22 or greater
  • Additional factors considered in the competitive admission process include:
    • Class rank
    • Personal interview
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Community service
    • Health care-related service
  • Transcripts of students who have earned post-secondary credits will be reviewed to determine which courses may be transferred into PA College to meet the requirements of the program.

Bachelor of Science – Health Sciences

Applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited associate program or hospital-based health sciences program with a 2.0 minimum GPA. They must also provide their license, certification, registry or eligibility for the same.

Applicants need to be working a minimum of 8 hours a week in a health care setting.

Radiography Associate Degree

Required Clearances

Prior to the student’s first semester, a child abuse clearance and criminal history background check must be completed:

  • Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History ($20)
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($13)
  • FBI Background Check ($50)

Uniform Requirements

The following items are required for each academic clinical program:

1. V-Neck Top (2 items are recommended)
2. Drawstring Pants (2 items are recommended)

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Admission requirements for graduate degree programs are different from undergraduate programs. To enroll in one of our master’s degree programs, the applicant must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale.
  • Have completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of “C” or better. If you do not have college credits in statistics, you are able to enroll in a statistics course at PA College.
  • Two letters of recommendation and a professional goals statement (500 words max.)

MSN – Administration or Education

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing Administration program must:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of “C” or better. (If you don’t have college credits in statistics, you will be able to enroll in a statistics course at PA College.)
  • Have appropriate health care licensure and certificates
  • Provide two letters of recommendation and a professional goals statement of no more than 500 words

Interested candidates who have an RN plus a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field may apply provisionally and complete the RN to MSN bridge, a three-course sequence offered through the PA College BSN program.

After successfully completing all requirements and admission to the MSN program, the student will progress directly into graduate-level courses.

The BSN is not awarded in the RN to MSN bridge program.

Spring Semester Application Requirements

To ensure a seat in Spring courses, applications to the graduate programs should be submitted no later than October 1, 2018. After that date, any applications will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

New graduate student orientation for the Spring semester will take place on Friday, December 14, and Thursday, January 10, at the College (850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster). New graduate students should plan to attend one of these sessions. Matriculated students will receive more information throughout the Summer.

MSN – Nurse Practitioner

Applicants will be evaluated through a competitive admission process by the graduate nursing faculty, which will include CRNP–prepared faculty. Applicants must meet the following minimum entrance requirements:

Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner Tracks)

  • Current United States RN licensure in the state where clinical practice will occur.
  • A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution. If student does not possess a BSN, refer to RN to MSN Bridge requirements.
  • A preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics.
  • An undergraduate health assessment course.
  • An interview with the Nurse Practitioner Program Director or designee and members of the Nurse Practitioner faculty.
  • Two years relevant clinical experience in nursing.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume highlighting relevant nursing accomplishments and experience.
  • The RN to MSN Bridge option is available to non-BSN holders.

All Applicants Must Submit:

  • Copy of professional license
  • One official transcript from every college or university attended.
  • A written statement clearly identifying the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate professional objectives.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a doctorally prepared professional who can attest to the applicant’s ability to complete a doctoral program.
  • A curriculum vita or resume

The applicant is responsible for assuring that PA College receives all the necessary materials by the application deadline.

Master of Healthcare Administration

Applicants to the Master of Healthcare Administration program must:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of “C” or better. (If you don’t have college credits in statistics, you will be able to enroll in a statistics course at PA College.)
  • Provide two letters of recommendation and a professional goals statement of no more than 500 words

Spring Semester Application Requirements

To ensure a seat in Spring courses, applications to the graduate programs should be submitted no later than October 1, 2018. After that date, any applications will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

New graduate student orientation for the Spring semester will take place on Friday, December 14, and Thursday, January 10, at the College (850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster). New graduate students should plan to attend one of these sessions. Matriculated students will receive more information throughout the Summer.

RN to MSN Bridge

RN to MSN Bridge Option

An RN who holds a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing may be granted conditional acceptance into a graduate program. This RN must be a graduate from a regionally accredited pre-licensure program.

In order to fulfill admissions requirements, the applicant must complete the following three required courses:

  • IPC 401 Research in Health Care
  • NUR420 Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NUR430 Nursing in a Global Society.

The applicant must complete the three required courses with a grade of “B” or higher within 12 months of conditional acceptance. Upon satisfactory completion of these courses, the applicant’s status will be changed from conditional to full acceptance, and the applicant will be permitted to begin graduate coursework.

  • If a student does not achieve a minimum grade of “B” for a course, the student may repeat the course one time. If the student is unsuccessful on the second attempt, the student will lose conditional acceptance to the MSN program.
  • Applicants may appeal to the appropriate Program Director or designee for additional time to complete the required courses.
  • Applicants may be exempted from one or more of these required courses upon submission of a transcript that verifies satisfactory (“B” or higher) completion of an equivalent course at a regionally accredited institution.
  • After successfully completing all requirements and admission to the MSN program, the student may progress directly into graduate-level courses.
  • The BSN is not awarded in the RN to MSN Bridge Program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Active employment as a registered nurse, licensed in Pennsylvania (or eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania)
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree-level statistics course
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher for highest earned degree
  • Successful interview with the DNP Program Chair and graduate education faculty
  • Submission of additional required documentation and application essay