Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Nursing Program located?

The Nursing Program is located in Reading Hospital's School of Health Sciences. The school is adjacent to Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pa. West Reading is approximately one hour from Philadelphia, Allentown, and Harrisburg.

Is the Program accredited?

Yes. The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing welcomes comments from interested individuals from the nursing community, students, and graduates, as well as the public-at-large. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing provides information on program type and accreditation of nursing programs.

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
717-783-7142

What is the program’s NCLEX-RN Success Rate?

Graduates from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015: 84.87%.

Before you begin in our program, we need to provide you with some important information about a recent change in our approval status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Nursing Program has been placed on Provisional Approval Status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing as a result of not meeting the standard of a minimum pass rate of 80% on the National licensure examination of its first-time examinees during the October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016 examination year. Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Nursing Program's pass rate for the 2015-2016 examination year was 75%. This change in status was effective November 10, 2016. A change from Full Approval Status to Provisional Approval Status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing does not change our program’s accreditation status with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Nursing Program is committed to continue its more than 127-year tradition of educating individuals for a career in the nursing profession. The success of our nursing students is our top priority. With that said, an action plan has been initiated to improve the first-time pass rate. We welcome any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the information provided in this letter. Please feel free to contact deborah.williamson@readinghealth.org.

What type of program do you offer?

The School of Health Sciences is a hospital-based registered nurse diploma program. Our graduates will be able to take advantage of our cooperative relationship with Alvernia University for the RN to BSN Completion Program. The RN-BSN Completion Program duration will be dependent on the pace of study and whether students enroll full-time or part-time. Nursing Program students will earn college credits for completing the biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and English Composition I which are included in the curriculum.

Can I transfer coursework?

Yes. The school will evaluate post-secondary transcripts and course outlines to see if credit can be awarded. Our transfer credits policy [PDF] supersedes college vendor decisions.

How long is the program?

The program is a three-year program.

Will I have clinical and simulation experiences?

With hospital-based learning programs, you are provided with hands-on simulation and clinical experience. By graduation, students will have acquired all the necessary experiences needed to be prepared for application for licensure in the state of her/his choice and complete the National Council Licensure Examination to officially receive the title of Registered Nurse.

The nursing simulation lab is the heart of nursing education. The rooms have been designed to look identical to an actual nursing unit. Simulation works by having students face, and act upon, real life situations while in a safe environment where no harm -just learning- can take place in a constructive manner. You will be able to use state-of-the-art technology and simulation equipment when you practice your skills in preparation for clinical experiences in the hospital.

What are the admissions requirements?

We evaluate both minimum requirements and preferred criteria in admission decisions. We strongly encourage our applicants to review the current selective admissions policy [PDF].

What is the “selective admissions” process?

Admission to the Nursing Program is highly competitive. Applicants need to be aware that meeting the minimum requirements does not assure admission to the program. We utilize an applicant point system to rank our applicants. Points awarded are based on personal composition, recommendations, past and current progress in high and post-secondary level coursework, GPA, and standardized test scores. Ideally, applicants will enter with college level coursework to support their application or present a fairly strong academic standing as a high school senior.

Do you require pre-admission testing?

Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a pre-admission examination. It is a web-based exam that measures academic domains in reading, mathematics, science, and English language. There is a fee required at the time of registration. Pre-admission testing will begin in the fall and conclude when the cohorts are filled.

Do you have a waitlist?

No. However, at the discretion of the program, qualified applicants may be wait-listed when the program’s clinical and facility capacities have reached maximum levels. Wait-listed applicants will be notified if space becomes available.

Do you provide financial resources?

Yes. Our financial resources include Title IV Financial Aid, outside scholarships, experienced financial aid advisors, and student financial payment options. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 484-628-0106 or 484-628-0105 or visit online to see the current tuition and fees.

How do I get started?

For more information, call 484-628-0100. Interested students can attend our Program Discovery Day event or set up a personal meeting with an admissions representative. When you're ready, you may apply online.