Penn State Health St. Joseph + Alvernia = Success

Through a partnership with Alvernia University, Penn State Health St. Joseph employees can earn the degrees necessary to excel in their careers and meet the ever evolving requirements of the healthcare industry. Penn State Health St. Joseph employees can pursue RN to BSN completion or a Master of Science in Nursing though this unique partnership with Alvernia.

Exclusive Penn State Health St. Joseph Benefits

The Alvernia + Penn State Health St. Joseph partnership allows Penn State Health St. Joseph employees to take advantage of the following benefits

  • Preferred pricing on Alvernia University tuition that maximizes Penn State Health St. Joseph’s tuition reimbursement plan. Contact us for details.
  • Nursing scholarships/grants available *(Note: eligibility requirements must be met)
  • Access to more than 50 associate degree programs, bachelor’s degree and degree completion programs, master’s degree programs and certificate programs
  • Transfer credits already completed
  • Get credit for life experience – time in the workplace can be considered for credit towards an undergraduate degree
  • Assistance in applying and enrolling at Alvernia
  • Access to professional development events through our Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • A vast network of professionals in the Greater Reading business community

Featured Degree Programs

  • RN to BSN Completion – allows registered nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Classes are offered on campus, online, or in a blended format
  • Master of Science in Nursing – our MSN program is designed for nurses who desire a career in nursing education. Students can choose from two tracks – either the Nursing Education Track or the Nursing Leadership & Healthcare Administration Track. Classes are offered in a blended format. 
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership – our 12-credit graduate certificate is offered to professional RNs who have earned their BSN, MSN, or doctoral degree. Courses provide nurses with the knowledge and skills to fulfill leadership and management roles in various healthcare settings.
  • MBA – You can do more than just manage, you can lead. Take your career to the next level with a Master of Business Administration graduate degree. Classes are offered on campus, fully online, or in a blended format.


Get Started Today!

We’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact our Graduate and Adult Admissions team at 610.796.5187 or with questions or to enroll today.

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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.