COVID-19 Vaccination Information

On November 4, 2021, an emergency regulation was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers. Individuals considering applying to this program should be aware that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in clinical experiences for Spring 2022 and beyond. For the most up-to-date information about our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements, please contact the program office.

Selective Admission

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

High school students will have met eligibility requirements by achieving the minimum score on the TEAS, ACT, or SAT exam and high school cumulative GPA requirements. However, if placement tests indicate a need for developmental math and/or English courses, students will need one or two additional semesters to meet requirements for selection.

For pre-nursing and transfer students, the target selection date is the point at which you will have met the minimum requirement on the TEAS exam and completed all prerequisite coursework while meeting the minimum math/science grade calculation and cumulative graduation GPA requirements. Other factors that may impact the timeline to eligibility for selection is part-time enrollment or the need to repeat prerequisite coursework to improve grades/GPA.

High School Student Definition

For the purposes of selective admission, a student is classified as a high school student if their high school graduation date is within two years of their starting semester at Penn College and they have not enrolled in any college coursework after high school graduation.

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High School Students

High School Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

rolling admission 2022

august 2022

Students with fewer than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the high school selection criteria. Students with more than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the pre-program & transfer students selection criteria.

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria:

1. Minimum TEAS exam score of 70% or combined *SAT score of 1040 or composite ACT score of 20.

2. High school cumulative GPA 85% or higher.

*Note: SAT and ACT scores are valid for two academic years from the date of completion.

The following table provides a comparison of composite SAT and ACT equivalent scores for ranking purposes:

 SAT score 

ACT score 

920-950 

17 

960-980 

18 

990-1020 

19 

1040-1050 

20 

1060-1090 

21 

1100-1120 

22 

1130-1150 

23 

1160-1190 

24 

1200-1220 

25 

1230-1250 

26 

1260-1290 

27 

1300-1320 

28 

1330-1350 

29 

1360-1380 

30 

1390-1410 

31 

1420-1440 

32 

1450-1480 

33 

1490-1520 

34 

1530-1560 

35 

1570-1600 

36 

High school students who are offered a reserved seat are required to maintain the math/science grade calculation of 2.75 and the cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 prior to entering the first nursing course. 

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 123 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 181 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

If a student does not maintain the required grade calculations, the student will relinquish their seat and be placed into the pre-nursing major. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of high school students occurs on a rolling basis throughout the year. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed to be evaluated for selection. 

Other Related Information

1. Students with fewer than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the high school selection criteria.

2. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

3. If a student requires developmental coursework as indicated by the College’s placement testing results, that student’s reserved seat will be revoked, and the student will be placed into the pre-nursing program.

4. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

High School Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

rolling admission 2023

august 2023

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College, completed placement requirements, and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Complete placement requirements. Placement is determined through placement testing, transfer courses, qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or any combination of the three.

3. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria:

1. Minimum TEAS exam score of 70% or combined *SAT score of 1040 or composite ACT score of 20.

2. High school cumulative GPA 85% or higher.

*Note: SAT and ACT scores are valid for two academic years from the date of completion.

The following table provides a comparison of composite SAT and ACT equivalent scores for ranking purposes:

 SAT score 

ACT score 

920-950 

17 

960-980 

18 

990-1020 

19 

1040-1050 

20 

1060-1090 

21 

1100-1120 

22 

1130-1150 

23 

1160-1190 

24 

1200-1220 

25 

1230-1250 

26 

1260-1290 

27 

1300-1320 

28 

1330-1350 

29 

1360-1380 

30 

1390-1410 

31 

1420-1440 

32 

1450-1480 

33 

1490-1520 

34 

1530-1560 

35 

1570-1600 

36 

High school students who are offered a reserved seat are required to maintain the math/science grade calculation of 2.75 and the cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 prior to entering the first nursing course. 

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 123 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 181 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

If a student does not maintain the required grade calculations, the student will relinquish their seat and be placed into the pre-nursing major. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of high school students occurs on a rolling basis throughout the year. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed to be evaluated for selection. 

Other Related Information

1. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

2. If a student requires developmental coursework as indicated by the College’s placement testing results, that student’s reserved seat will be revoked, and the student will be placed into the pre-nursing program.

3. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

High School Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

rolling admission 2024

august 2024

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria:

1. Minimum TEAS exam score of 70% or combined *SAT score of 1040 or composite ACT score of 20.

2. High school cumulative GPA 85% or higher.

*Note: SAT and ACT scores are valid for two academic years from the date of completion.

The following table provides a comparison of composite SAT and ACT equivalent scores for ranking purposes:

 SAT score 

ACT score 

920-950 

17 

960-980 

18 

990-1020 

19 

1040-1050 

20 

1060-1090 

21 

1100-1120 

22 

1130-1150 

23 

1160-1190 

24 

1200-1220 

25 

1230-1250 

26 

1260-1290 

27 

1300-1320 

28 

1330-1350 

29 

1360-1380 

30 

1390-1410 

31 

1420-1440 

32 

1450-1480 

33 

1490-1520 

34 

1530-1560 

35 

1570-1600 

36 

High school students who are offered a reserved seat are required to maintain the math/science grade calculation of 2.75 and the cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 prior to entering the first nursing course. 

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 123 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 181 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

If a student does not maintain the required grade calculations, the student will relinquish their seat and be placed into the pre-nursing major. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of high school students occurs on a rolling basis throughout the year. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed to be evaluated for selection. 

Other Related Information

1. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

2. If a student requires developmental coursework as indicated by the College’s placement testing results, that student’s reserved seat will be revoked, and the student will be placed into the pre-nursing program.

3. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

Pre-Program & Transfer Students

Pre-Program & Transfer Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

December 2021

January 2022

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College, completed placement requirements, and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Complete placement requirements. Placement is determined through placement testing, transfer courses, qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or any combination of the three.

3. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

Students must have successfully completed BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, ENL 111 English Composition I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry or higher, and PSY 111 General Psychology to be eligible for selection into the major.

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria: 

1. TEAS Exam Score: 70% or higher. 

2. Math/science grade calculation of 2.75 or greater.

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

3. Cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

In cases where there are more qualified applicants than available seats, entrance into the major will be determined by ranking applicants for selection first by TEAS score, then by math/science grade calculation and lastly by cumulative graduation GPA. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest criteria in the order listed will be offered acceptance. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of pre-nursing, transfer, and change of major students occurs twice a year in June and December. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed and received by June 1 for June selections and December 1 for December selections.

Other Related Information

1. Students with fewer than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the high school selection criteria.

2. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

3. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

Pre-Program & Transfer Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

june 2022

august 2022

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College, completed placement requirements, and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Complete placement requirements. Placement is determined through placement testing, transfer courses, qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or any combination of the three.

3. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

Students must have successfully completed BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, ENL 111 English Composition I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry or higher, and PSY 111 General Psychology to be eligible for selection into the major.

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria: 

1. TEAS Exam Score: 70% or higher. 

2. Math/science grade calculation of 2.75 or greater.

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

3. Cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

In cases where there are more qualified applicants than available seats, entrance into the major will be determined by ranking applicants for selection first by TEAS score, then by math/science grade calculation and lastly by cumulative graduation GPA. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest criteria in the order listed will be offered acceptance. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of pre-nursing, transfer, and change of major students occurs twice a year in June and December. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed and received by June 1 for June selections and December 1 for December selections.

Other Related Information

1. Students with fewer than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the high school selection criteria.

2. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

3. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

Pre-Program & Transfer Students
Nursing (A.A.S.) Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

December 2022

January 2023

Pre-Program Requirements

To be considered for selection into this major, applicants must have gained admission to the College, completed placement requirements, and met the admission standards and essential functions established by the Nursing Program.

1. High school graduate or GED credential.

2. Complete placement requirements. Placement is determined through placement testing, transfer courses, qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or any combination of the three.

3. Standard high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units to include:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics (1 of which is algebra)
  • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent
Selection Requirements

Students must have successfully completed BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, ENL 111 English Composition I, MTH 123 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I or higher, and PSY 111 General Psychology to be eligible for selection into the major.

This major has limited capacity. Priority for admission to the major will be given to applicants who meet each of the following criteria: 

1. TEAS Exam Score: 70% or higher. 

2. Math/science grade calculation of 2.75 or greater.

  • Math/science calculation will be based upon the following courses: BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 125 Anatomy and Physiology II, BIO 201 Microbiology, and one MTH course (highest grade from MTH 123 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry, MTH 151 Structures of Mathematics, MTH 153 Topics in Mathematics, MTH 159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences, MTH 160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications, MTH 180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, MTH 181 College Algebra and Trigonometry I, or a transfer math course equivalent such as MTH 100A, 100B, 100C, or 100D)

3. Cumulative graduation GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

In cases where there are more qualified applicants than available seats, entrance into the major will be determined by ranking applicants for selection first by TEAS score, then by math/science grade calculation and lastly by cumulative graduation GPA. In cases where there is a tie, applicants with the highest criteria in the order listed will be offered acceptance. 

Selection Dates & Application Deadlines

Selection of pre-nursing, transfer, and change of major students occurs twice a year in June and December. All pre-program student and selection requirements must be completed and received by June 1 for June selections and December 1 for December selections.

Other Related Information

1. Students with fewer than 12 college credits will be evaluated for selection based upon the high school selection criteria.

2. Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam through www.atitesting.com by creating a student account and purchase exam through the online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times per semester. See ATI testing store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.

3. All students offered a seat in this major, must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all NUR, CHM, and BIO courses; if a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.

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.

Pre-Program Credit Limits

As good stewards of students’ time and financial resources, Nursing & Health Sciences prevents students from accumulating excessive credits as they seek enrollment in a competitive admission program. Therefore, pre-program students are limited to 24 attempted Penn College credits, excluding developmental courses and FYE101. Those who reach this credit limit without being selected into their desired program will be required to meet with their program director to discuss viable educational options.

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.