Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Admission & Program Requirements

Students interested in a career in professional nursing may complete the course requirements for a baccalaureate degree in four academic years. Students admitted to the college as nursing majors enter the freshman year taking a variety of liberal arts and science courses. Progression into the nursing courses and clinical practice begins with the sophomore year.


Admission Requirements for Freshman Level

This level is for all first-time college students and for transfer college students who have less than 29 hours of college level work.

  • First-time college students must meet the general admission requirements of Alvernia University.  
  • First-time college students with less than 12 credits of college work must have a composite score from the critical reading and math sections on the SAT of 1000 or greater and a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher, with consideration given to college preparatory courses of study.
  • Transfer college students must have a grade point average of at least a 2.75 with consideration given to individual courses. Grades and credits from developmental courses are not considered.
  • Two letters of reference.

As required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, applicants shall have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including 4 units of English, 3 units of Social Studies, 2 units of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra) and 2 units of Science with a related laboratory or the equivalent.

Admission Requirements for Sophomore Level

This level is for students who have completed at least 30 credits of college level work including the prescribed science courses for the freshman year. To be eligible for admission to the nursing program applicants must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of Alvernia University.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
  • Provide official transcripts of completed college work and courses in progress
  • Demonstrate successful completion (C+ or greater) of three of four of the required sciences, two of which must be Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
  • Two letters of reference.


Transfer Students
Students wishing to transfer to Alvernia University from another institution of higher education must meet the general admission requirements of Alvernia University and have a minumum grade point average of 2.75. Transfer courses are judged in relation to Alvernia University's curriculum for acceptability. Evaluation of transfer courses is completed in the Registrar’s Office and will follow University policy.  Final decisions regarding transfer into the nursing major are made by the Nursing Department Chair.

Excelsior College examinations are not accepted for nursing clinical courses.

  • In addition, transfer students are required to successfully complete NUR 098 to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical proficiency. Continuation in the nursing program is contingent upon demonstration of clinical proficiency.

Advance Standing for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):

Advance standing is available for the Licensed Practical Nurse. The Advance Standing Policy details are available from the Nursing Department.

Returning and Readmitted Students
Returning students who have not been enrolled in a clinical nursing course for one or more semesters and students who apply for readmission to the program are required to successfully complete NUR 098 to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and clinical proficiency. Continuation in the nursing program is contingent upon demonstration of clinical proficiency.

Progression Policies

  • Achievement of a “C+” or better in each nursing course.  Students may repeat/delete only one nursing course throughout the nursing program.
  • Students who receive a grade of less than a “C+” in a nursing course may not progress in nursing courses for which that course is a prerequisite.
  • Achievement of a “C+” or better in each required science course.  Students may repeat/delete each science course one time.
  • Students who receive a grade of less than “C+” in a required science course may not progress in nursing courses for which that science is a prerequisite.
  • 85% or better on the Medication Administration/Math Calculation Examinations given in specified clinical courses.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Successful completion on the ERI CAP and CAT Computer Assessments as specified in course syllabi.
  • Students must display professional, ethical behavior in the clinical setting as outlined in  the Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Adhere to policies found in the Nursing Student Handbook, this catalog and the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Other Requirements
In addition to Alvernia’s Health Policies, nursing students are required to adhere to clinical facility health requirements. Documentation of receiving all required and recommended immunizations is required.  Prior to entering the first Nursing clinical course (NUR 205), certification in CPR (one and two man adult, child, and infant), FBI Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, and Criminal Record Check must be completed.

Drug Testing
Nursing students are required to undergo a substance abuse test for the presence of drugs or controlled substances immediately prior to clinical rotations. Random drug screening may be required for cause at any time during a student’s enrollment.

Additional Fees

Nursing students are responsible for additional expenses, which include, but are not limited to:  lab fees, uniforms, clearance fees, child abuse fees, college identification, transportation/parking associated with clinical practice and applications for NCLEX and licensure.

Program Requirements:

Minimum credits: 123 credits
Total Nursing Credits: 56 credits                
Liberal Arts Core:  The following are required as part of or in addition to the Liberal Arts Core: PSY 101, BIO 107/117, BIO 108/118, BIO 216, BIO 220, BIO 410; CHE 106, CHE 109; THE 210; MAT 100*, MAT 208; SOC 111; COL 180.

*MAT 100 may be waived by achieving a passing score on college-wide placement exam in mathematics.  Guidelines for transfer students are available from the Admissions Office.

Required Nursing Courses: NUR 201, 202, 205, 208, 300, 309, 311, 312, 313, 408, 409, 412, 415, 417, 418.

Contact Information


Mary Ellen Symanski, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Department Chair


Priscilla Price
Nursing Department Secretary

     Nursing Resource Center
     Alvernia University
     Reading, PA
     Phone: 610.796.8217
     Fax: 610.796.8464


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