Alvernia University and Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing (JFMSON) Partnership 

In collaboration with Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing, Alvernia University offers a Dual-Enrollment Program leading to an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (AS).  With dual-enrollment admission, students will be simultaneously enrolled in the hospital-based Nursing Program offered at JFMSON and Alvernia’s University’s Associate of Science Degree.  Dual enrollment is structured to provide a seamless career mobility pathway while providing graduates with the credentials to sit for the professional nursing licensure exam, NCLEX, upon successful completion. 


Dual-Enrollment Program graduates will be eligible to receive the following credentials: 

  • Diploma in Nursing from JFMSON (ACEN accredited and PA State Board of Nursing Approved) 
  • Associate in Science Degree in Applied Science from Alvernia University 


Key Components of Partnership 

  • Only one admission process.  Students apply only to the JFMSON and Alvernia University’s requirements are embedded into the streamlined process 
  • Alvernia University and JFMSON work together to deliver qualified students' financial aid  
  • Alvernia University offers the required first-year general education credits at their Schuylkill Center Complex, located two miles from the JFMSON building 
  • An additional 12 general education credits are embedded into upper level nursing sequence 
  • All JFMSON and Alvernia coursework contribute to the associate’s degree and transcripted for college credit 
  • Full access to all Alvernia University on ground and online resources at the Schuylkill Center and main campus in Reading, PA 


Complete Alvernia University’s RN-BSN Completion Program for just 34 additional credits 

  • RN-BSN coursework offered at the Schuylkill Center in an online blended format or choose to take courses entirely online. 
  • The entire bachelor's degree can be completed in the Pottsville region  


Dual-Enrolled Program Credit Breakdown 

  • Dual-Enrolled Applied Science Associate’s Degree and Diploma in Nursing (90 credits) 
    • 50 credits nursing (JFMSON) 
    • 40 credits general education and related requirements (Alvernia University) 
  • RN-BSN Completion Program (34 credits) 
    • 24 credits nursing (Alvernia University)  
    • 9 additional credits of general education (Alvernia University) 



Get Started Today!

Admissions Contact:

Michelle Siminitus, Admissions Coordinator/Financial Aid Administrator

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing (JFMSON)

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill

420 South Jackson Street

Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone: 570.621.5027

JFMSON Administrative Office Phone: 570.621.5035