Selective Admission

The Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education program is an advanced degree designed to be completed on a part-time basis in two years. Prospective students must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to enter the program. Students who desire entry to this major will be subject to minimum eligibility criteria and ranking against other candidates. To identify the requirements that will apply to you, please use the table below to find the selection criteria for your target selection date.

Target Selection Date

Selection for this program occurs on a rolling basis. New cohorts start each August. 

Applicant Requirements

Nursing Education (M.S.N.) Online Selection Criteria

Selection Period Cohort Start Date

Rolling Admission 2022

August 2022

Pre-Program Requirements

Applicants are required to have the following:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (i.e., Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, etc.);
  • Current, active, unencumbered U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license;
  • Undergraduate 3 or 4 credit statistics course earning a “C” or higher (if the statistics course was completed at a location other than where the applicant received the BSN degree the applicant will need to submit a transcript from that institution); and
  • Minimum of 1 year or 1,800 hours of experience as a RN.
Selection Requirements

Applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • BSN graduation or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • One (1) page writing sample that clearly and succinctly describes the applicant’s professional career goals and rationale for why they are pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Goal statement must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and include a title page (title page is excluded from page count); and
  • Two professional references (name and email address) from current and/or former supervisor or professor (no more than one professor reference)
MSN Selective Admission Ranking Rubric

This major has limited seating. Applicants will be ranked using the below MSN selective admission rubric. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest BSN graduation or cumulative GPA will be offered acceptance.

  20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points Score
GPA 3.8 – 4.0 GPA 3.6 – 3.79 GPA 3.3 – 3.59 GPA 3.29 - 3.0 GPA  
Writing Sample:Theme and Flow Theme of paper is written succinctly and follows a logical flow. Theme of paper is written; however, rambles to convey meaning or theme is evident, but has minimal logical flow in presentation. Theme of paper is vague and lacks a logical flow. Theme of paper is not clear and is randomly written and/or exceeds one-page limit.  
Writing Sample: Mechanics Sentences are clear, concise, and effective. There are no spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Sentences are clear, concise, and effective and one or two spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Some sentences are too long and lack natural breaks and/or three or four spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Run-on sentences or fragments are evident, and sentences are not clear in meaning and/or five or more spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident.  
References (40 possible points) N/A N/A N/A N/A  
        Total Points (100 points maximum)  

Applicants can receive up to 20 points for each professional reference. See point distribution for each professional reference below:

Professional Skill/Characteristic Poor
(0 points)
Average
(0.5 points)
Good
(1 point)
Excellent
(1.5 points)
1. Oral communication        
2. Written communication        
3. Desire to learn        
4. Ability to meet deadlines        
5. Team player        
6. Ability to adapt to change        
7. Quality of work        
8. Leadership skills        
9. Responsibility/accountability        
10. Overall nursing performance        
11. Ability to work with diverse populations        
12. Ethical behavior        
13. If the applicant were applying to a Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education program at your institution, would you:
  • Accept without reservation – Provide explanation (2 points)  
  • Accept with reservation – Provide explanation (1 point)  
  • Deny acceptance – Provide explanation (0 points) 
       
Selection Dates & Application Deadlines 

Selection for this program occurs on a rolling basis with the first 18 qualified applicants receiving a seat in the program. New cohorts start each August.

Appeals Process

A student may appeal a selection decision. The student must submit a written summary of circumstances to the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences no later than five business days following the student’s receipt of written notification of non-selection into the major. To be considered, appeals must be typed, signed, dated and include a current mailing address. A selection appeal committee will be convened to review the appeal. The student will receive a written notification of the decision within five business days following the dean’s receipt of the formal appeal. Decisions by the Appeal Committee are final with no further appeal.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Nursing Education (M.S.N.) Online Selection Criteria

Selection Period Cohort Start Date

Rolling Admission 2023

August 2023

Pre-Program Requirements

Applicants are required to have the following:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (i.e., Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, etc.);
  • Current, active, unencumbered U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license;
  • Undergraduate 3 or 4 credit statistics course earning a “C” or higher (if the statistics course was completed at a location other than where the applicant received the BSN degree the applicant will need to submit a transcript from that institution); and
  • Minimum of 1 year or 1,800 hours of experience as a RN.
Selection Requirements

Applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • BSN graduation or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • One (1) page writing sample that clearly and succinctly describes the applicant’s professional career goals and rationale for why they are pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Goal statement must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and include a title page (title page is excluded from page count); and
  • Two professional references (name and email address) from current and/or former supervisor or professor (no more than one professor reference)
MSN Selective Admission Ranking Rubric

This major has limited seating. Applicants will be ranked using the below MSN selective admission rubric. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest BSN graduation or cumulative GPA will be offered acceptance.

  20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points Score
GPA 3.8 – 4.0 GPA 3.6 – 3.79 GPA 3.3 – 3.59 GPA 3.29 - 3.0 GPA  
Writing Sample:Theme and Flow Theme of paper is written succinctly and follows a logical flow. Theme of paper is written; however, rambles to convey meaning or theme is evident, but has minimal logical flow in presentation. Theme of paper is vague and lacks a logical flow. Theme of paper is not clear and is randomly written and/or exceeds one-page limit.  
Writing Sample: Mechanics Sentences are clear, concise, and effective. There are no spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Sentences are clear, concise, and effective and one or two spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Some sentences are too long and lack natural breaks and/or three or four spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Run-on sentences or fragments are evident, and sentences are not clear in meaning and/or five or more spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident.  
References (40 possible points) N/A N/A N/A N/A  
        Total Points (100 points maximum)  

Applicants can receive up to 20 points for each professional reference. See point distribution for each professional reference below:

Professional Skill/Characteristic Poor
(0 points)
Average
(0.5 points)
Good
(1 point)
Excellent
(1.5 points)
1. Oral communication        
2. Written communication        
3. Desire to learn        
4. Ability to meet deadlines        
5. Team player        
6. Ability to adapt to change        
7. Quality of work        
8. Leadership skills        
9. Responsibility/accountability        
10. Overall nursing performance        
11. Ability to work with diverse populations        
12. Ethical behavior        
13. If the applicant were applying to a Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education program at your institution, would you:
  • Accept without reservation – Provide explanation (2 points)  
  • Accept with reservation – Provide explanation (1 point)  
  • Deny acceptance – Provide explanation (0 points) 
       
Selection Dates & Application Deadlines 

Selection for this program occurs on a rolling basis with the first 18 qualified applicants receiving a seat in the program. New cohorts start each August.

Appeals Process

A student may appeal a selection decision. The student must submit a written summary of circumstances to the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences no later than five business days following the student’s receipt of written notification of non-selection into the major. To be considered, appeals must be typed, signed, dated and include a current mailing address. A selection appeal committee will be convened to review the appeal. The student will receive a written notification of the decision within five business days following the dean’s receipt of the formal appeal. Decisions by the Appeal Committee are final with no further appeal.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Nursing Education (M.S.N.) Online Selection Criteria

Selection Period Cohort Start Date

Rolling Admission 2024

August 2024

Pre-Program Requirements

Applicants are required to have the following:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (i.e., Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, etc.);
  • Current, active, unencumbered U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license;
  • Undergraduate 3 or 4 credit statistics course earning a “C” or higher (if the statistics course was completed at a location other than where the applicant received the BSN degree the applicant will need to submit a transcript from that institution); and
  • Minimum of 1 year or 1,800 hours of experience as a RN.
Selection Requirements

Applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • BSN graduation or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • One (1) page writing sample that clearly and succinctly describes the applicant’s professional career goals and rationale for why they are pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Goal statement must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and include a title page (title page is excluded from page count); and
  • Two professional references (name and email address) from current and/or former supervisor or professor (no more than one professor reference)
MSN Selective Admission Ranking Rubric

This major has limited seating. Applicants will be ranked using the below MSN selective admission rubric. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest BSN graduation or cumulative GPA will be offered acceptance.

  20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points Score
GPA 3.8 – 4.0 GPA 3.6 – 3.79 GPA 3.3 – 3.59 GPA 3.29 - 3.0 GPA  
Writing Sample:Theme and Flow Theme of paper is written succinctly and follows a logical flow. Theme of paper is written; however, rambles to convey meaning or theme is evident, but has minimal logical flow in presentation. Theme of paper is vague and lacks a logical flow. Theme of paper is not clear and is randomly written and/or exceeds one-page limit.  
Writing Sample: Mechanics Sentences are clear, concise, and effective. There are no spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Sentences are clear, concise, and effective and one or two spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Some sentences are too long and lack natural breaks and/or three or four spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident. Run-on sentences or fragments are evident, and sentences are not clear in meaning and/or five or more spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors are evident.  
References (40 possible points) N/A N/A N/A N/A  
        Total Points (100 points maximum)  

Applicants can receive up to 20 points for each professional reference. See point distribution for each professional reference below:

Professional Skill/Characteristic Poor
(0 points)
Average
(0.5 points)
Good
(1 point)
Excellent
(1.5 points)
1. Oral communication        
2. Written communication        
3. Desire to learn        
4. Ability to meet deadlines        
5. Team player        
6. Ability to adapt to change        
7. Quality of work        
8. Leadership skills        
9. Responsibility/accountability        
10. Overall nursing performance        
11. Ability to work with diverse populations        
12. Ethical behavior        
13. If the applicant were applying to a Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education program at your institution, would you:
  • Accept without reservation – Provide explanation (2 points)  
  • Accept with reservation – Provide explanation (1 point)  
  • Deny acceptance – Provide explanation (0 points) 
       
Selection Dates & Application Deadlines 

Selection for this program occurs on a rolling basis with the first 18 qualified applicants receiving a seat in the program. New cohorts start each August.

Appeals Process

A student may appeal a selection decision. The student must submit a written summary of circumstances to the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences no later than five business days following the student’s receipt of written notification of non-selection into the major. To be considered, appeals must be typed, signed, dated and include a current mailing address. A selection appeal committee will be convened to review the appeal. The student will receive a written notification of the decision within five business days following the dean’s receipt of the formal appeal. Decisions by the Appeal Committee are final with no further appeal.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Criteria Lock Date

Because we understand students’ need to plan and to work toward a specific set of criteria, we make every attempt to avoid changing selection criteria within a year of a selection date. However, in rare cases (i.e., an observed change in program outcomes or a change in ACEN accreditation standards), changes may be made up to six months prior to a selection date. If a change to selection criteria is required less than a year from a selection date, we will provide notice of the change to all students known to be working toward eligibility for that date.

Transfer Guidelines for Pass/Fail Grading Schemes

As of result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions across the country have implemented some version of Pass/Fail (P/F) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. In response to this change, Penn College will accept “pass" equivalent grades, assigned as a result of COVID-19, when the College determines a course may be accepted for transfer.

Penn College students enrolled in a pre-program, awaiting selections, are NOT eligible to opt in for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. Therefore, when a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading scheme has been implemented by a transferring institution, those students seeking to be ranked in one of the selective admission majors within the School of Nursing & Health Sciences will be asked to provide a letter grade for all coursework.

In a case where a student is unable to secure a letter grade from their transferring institution, those course(s) will not be included in Math/Science GPA calculations, or other grade-related criteria, associated with selection. It is important to note that a lack of math and science course grades will likely impact a student’s competitiveness/and or eligibility for selection. A student who is unable to provide letter grades should meet with the designated program director to discuss how an inability to obtain letter grades may impact their eligibility or ranking.