Distance Learning Degrees

If you have earned an associate's degree from Penn College or another institution or hold other appropriate credentials, you can continue your education online in order to complete a B.S. degree in one of six different programs of study or to obtain a professional certificate.

To be considered for enrollment, contact the Penn College Admissions office at 1-800-367-9222 or complete an Application for Admission and indicate your interest in a distance-learning offering.

If you accept grants from PHEAA (Pennsylvania’s state grant agency), you should carefully monitor the percentage of distance education credits in your schedule to meet PHEAA requirements for funding. Contact the Penn College Financial Aid office for more information.

Scheduling for your first semester of enrollment is handled through the appropriate academic school office. After the first semester, online scheduling is available through the Student Information System (SIS).

Programs offered via distance learning are:

  • Subject to all standard Penn College academic policies, procedures, tuition, and fees
  • Administered through the appropriate academic schools
  • Delivered through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online) (tutorial available on login page; access given 24 hours prior to the start of the semester)
  • Supplemented by textbooks and course materials available for purchase through The College Store

Prior college-level learning experience may help you gain credits toward a degree available through distance learning. Learn more about transfer credits.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Applied Health Studies

Physical Fitness Specialist Students

Offered through the School of Health Sciences

If you are a credentialed health care practitioner (currently or soon to be certified, licensed, or registered in a health care profession), you can increase your opportunities for advancement and establish a more marketable, multi-skilled background by completing this bachelor's degree. The program also may provide preparation for more advanced level studies.

You must be certified, licensed, registered, or degreed in a health care area to be eligible for admission. A maximum of 47 credits may be applied to this degree. Individual portfolios/credentials/transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Automotive Technology Management

Collision lab

Offered through the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technology

If you have completed coursework equivalent to an associate degree related to automotive, collision repair, or automotive management, you can develop skills essential to a management career supervision, personnel management, customer service, sales, and more in this program.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certificate, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Certification, or Automotive Service Management Training, coupled with two years of full-time transportation related maintenance or service management work, may be considered as credit toward the associate degree requirement for entry into the program.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Dental Hygiene: Health Policy and Administration Concentration

Dental Hygiene clinic

Offered through the School of Health Sciences

If you are a licensed hygienist and a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program, you may continue your education in this B.S. degree in order to pursue positions such as legislative aide, lobbyist, insurance review specialist, dental health consultant, office manager, marketing representative, public health hygienist, and oral health specialist.

To be considered for admission, you must have obtained a passing score on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and acquired a current dental hygiene license in any state.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Health Information Management

Health Information Technology

Offered through the School of Health Sciences

The Health Information Management major prepares students to manage health-care data and information resources. If you are a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or have earned an associate's degree in Health Information Technology from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics & Information Management Education (CAHIIM) or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), you are eligible to complete this online bachelor's degree.

You may be eligible to transfer a block of 39 credits into the program by virtue of your RHIT credential or associate degree from a CAHIIM (or CAAHEP) accredited institution.

Professional Certificate
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Setting up a patient for an MRI

Offered through the School of Health Sciences

If you are a registered radiographer, you can increase your opportunities for advancement by completing this professional certificate. You will learn to use MRI equipment to conduct image scans of cross-sections of the body and reconstruct them into 3-D images used by doctors to diagnose and prescribe treatment. Graduates of this major can apply earned credits toward the Applied Health Studies bachelor’s degree.

You must be registered or certified (or registry/certified-eligible) by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or by the The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board NMTCB). Those who are registry/certified-eligible must provide proof of eligibility before admission to the program.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Nursing (BSN)

Nursing Lab

Offered through the School of Health Sciences

If you are registered nurse who has graduated from a diploma- or associate-degree nursing program, you may complete this bachelor's degree in order to be eligible for positions of greater responsibility in a variety of health care settings.

To be eligible, you must hold a current, valid RN license in any state and be eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis; additional requirements may apply.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Technology Management

Business Administration and Technology Mangement Intern

Offered through the School of Business & Hospitality

If you have earned an associate's degree in any technical or professional area, you may enhance your opportunities for advancement by completing this degree. The program allows you to gain business and management skills that will prepare you for administrative or management positions in your career field.

You must complete an associate's degree in a technical/professional area (minimum of 60 credits) before entering this major. You may not enter as a first- or second-year student. Degrees in business management fields, including retail or marketing, will not meet eligibility requirements for this major.

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