Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences + Alvernia = Success

Through an exclusive partnership with Alvernia University, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences students can earn the advanced degrees necessary to excel in their careers and meet the ever evolving requirements of the healthcare industry.  Conveniently located just 2.5 miles from the Reading Hospital, Alvernia offers Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences students the opportunity to take classes on site, on campus, online, or in a blended format.


Exclusive Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Benefits

The Alvernia + Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences partnership provides Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences students with the following benefits:

  • Access to dual enrollment programs combining in-demand certification programs with an associate of science degree
  • Seamless transition to the RN to BSN program after successful RN completion
  • Assistance in applying and enrolling at Alvernia
  • Full access to university resources including the library, state-of-the-art computer labs, volunteer opportunities, the fitness center, athletic events, lectures, the arts, and more…
  • A vast network of professionals in the Greater Reading healthcare & business community


Featured Degree Programs

  • Registered Nurse Diploma Program and Associate of Science Degree in Applied Health from Alvernia University – This dual enrollment program allows students who complete their pre-licensure nursing education at RHSHS the opportunity to simultaneously earn their Associate of Science Degree in Applied Health through Alvernia.
     
  • RN to BSN Completion – This BSN Completion program allows registered nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Classes are offered in blended and online formats, allowing students to earn their BSN within one year* of completing the dual RN program. A custom curriculum has been developed for Reading Hospital School of Health Science students.

   *For students entering the dual enrollment program starting Fall 2016.

  • Medical Imaging Program with an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Imaging from Alvernia University – This 27-month dual enrollment program allows RHSHS students to simultaneously pursue both their Medical Imaging Certification and an Alvernia Associate of Science Degree in Medical Imaging. Students who successfully complete both programs are eligible to sit for the ARRT National Registry Examination. Graduates further looking to advance their careers can also pursue a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration or Healthcare Science.
     
  • Surgical Technology Program with an Associate of Science Degree from Alvernia University – This 20-month dual enrollment program gives RHSHS students the opportunity to complete the Surgical Technology Program while simultaneously earning an Alvernia Associate of Science Degree. Graduates further looking to advance their careers can also pursue a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration or Healthcare Science.
     
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program with an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Alvernia University – This 27-month dual enrollment program allows RHSHS students to simultaneously pursue both their Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification and an Alvernia Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Students who successfully complete both programs are eligible to sit for the national credentialing exams through the American Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) upon completion. The new program is subject to the appropriate accreditation approvals.

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Admissions Contact:
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
484-628-0100
RHSHS@readinghealth.org

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Alvernia Advantage
Alvernia University was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Through its main campus in Reading and locations in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the university serves 3,000 students of diverse backgrounds from around the country.

Alvernia offers a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts core education for development of the mind, strong technical training in many high demand majors, experiential learning through study abroad and internship experiences, and engagement with the community through our Franciscan-based community service model. We call our model of transformational education the Alvernia Advantage, and we believe this style of education transforms students into ethical leaders with moral courage.