School of Health Sciences Admissions Policy
The student body at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences is carefully selected to include individuals capable of meeting the rigorous educational requirements for preparation as healthcare professionals.
Admission is competitive with specific academic standards for each Program of study. Selection of students will be based on personal composition, academic ability, references, interview performance, aptitude tests, writing samples, and previous healthcare experience according to Program-specific requirements. The School reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any applicant if, in the opinion of the School, his/her admission is not in the best interest of the student or the School.
The School considers preferred admission for applicants who are: employees of Reading Health System; or dependents and immediate family members of employees of Reading Health System or its affiliates and subsidiaries.
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences operates without distinction to age, race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or economic means.
A. General Admissions Procedures
1. Overview of Criteria
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States or provide documentation of permanent residency or working status.
- All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Home-schooled students must have a diploma from an accredited home school association, or have met requirements for the GED. GED applicants may be required to take additional post-secondary work to meet the academic requirements of the individual programs.
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater in high school or post-secondary coursework is required for all applicants and candidates for matriculation. The most recent post-secondary GPA will be used in the admission decision.
- At the discretion of the individual Program, applicants may be required to submit scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) administered by the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Testing Assessment.
- Program (ACT) administered by the American College Testing Program. This requirement may be waived for applicants with earned college degrees.
- Potential students must submit two reference forms from teachers, guidance counselors, employers, supervisors, or others. Healthcare professionals must submit one reference from the current or most recent healthcare employer.
2. Technical Standards for All Applicants
Successful completion of a School of Health Sciences Program necessitates mental and physical health essential to meet the objectives of the curriculum, as well as other skills necessary for success in the classroom and clinical components of the Program. Based on these criteria, applicants must:
- Be able to read, write, and speak the English language, and communicate in an understandable manner.
- Possess the emotional health necessary to fulfill the educational requirements of the Program.
- Demonstrate a history of personal integrity, compassion, motivation, and the ability to function in stressful situations.
- Be able to walk, stand, move, and sit for long periods of time.
- Possess auditory, visual, and tactile abilities sufficient to assess and monitor health needs and provide safe care.
- Possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals with various backgrounds.
In Programs requiring physical skill and dexterity:
- Be able to lift and move patients and equipment.
- Have fine motor movement to complete tasks in a safe and effective manner.
The School makes every effort to accommodate students and applicants with disabilities. Any applicant with a documented disability can request special accommodations by notifying the Admissions Office in writing at the time of application.
All materials that are submitted to the Admissions Office become the property of the School of Health Sciences and cannot be returned or forwarded unless the applicant makes a formal request in writing to the School.
Any misrepresentation or omission of facts or essential documents during the application process and/or after acceptance into the Program will result in a delay, denial, or revocation of admission.
As deemed appropriate, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive admission requirements after reviewing an applicant’s completed record.
All applications must be completed by the deadline described under the Program-specific requirements. A completed application file must contain:
- A completed application and an application fee.
- Proof of permanent residency or working status, if applicable.
- An official high school transcript or GED.
- All official post-secondary transcripts, if applicable.
- A copy of Practical Nursing license, if applicable.
- Essay, if applicable.
- Aptitude test scores, as required.
- Two references.
B. Additional Requirements for Foreign-Educated Students
The School is not approved to issue or accept student visas. Applicants must show proof of permanent residency or working status.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey, may be required for applicants educated outside the United States or whose preferred language is not English, including those transferring from English-speaking colleges and universities.
The School may require the following documentation to determine eligibility for admission.
Satisfactory score on TOEFL. Testing must have occurred within two years of the application submission.
- An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service (WES) or other approved agency is required.
- Certificate of Preliminary Education (CPE) from the Department of Education.
- General Education Development (GED).
- General Report from the Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
- Evidence of completion of required high school or post-secondary coursework.
C. Pre-Admission Testing
At the discretion of the individual Program, pre-admission testing may be required to assess an individual’s skills in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage.
The School administers the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies, Inc. The applicant’s individual TEAS score may be used as part of the admission criteria to assess the student’s academic foundation. The student’s individual score will be compared with Assessment Technologies Institute’s normative data, as well as statistical data gathered from previous student cohorts accepted into The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences academic Programs. Each academic Program will determine Program-specific benchmarks on an annual basis.
Those individuals selected for pre-admission testing will be contacted by Admissions. There is a fee for TEAS. Re-tests may be granted to applicants. Test scores are valid for two years, with the highest score used in the admission decision process.
D. Program-Specific Requirements
For program- specific requirements, please click on School Policy page and locate Selective Admissions Policy here.
FINAL ACCEPTANCE INTO A PROGRAM OF STUDY
Final acceptance into a Program of study will be communicated in writing to successful student applicants by the Admissions Office.
Final Acceptance is contingent upon:
- Receipt of all official transcripts.
- Maintaining the applicant’s high school or post-secondary GPA at or above 2.5 for the remainder of the current educational experience. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required of all candidates for matriculation.
- Submitting these post-acceptance documents in accordance with established deadlines:
- A non-refundable confirmation fee of $300 within two weeks of the acceptance date.
- Copy of photo identification (i.e., Valid driver's license, school or employer identification, permanent residency card)
- Completed and approved Criminal Record Check.
- Completed and approved Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
- Valid two-year healthcare provider CPR certification.
- Documentation of health insurance, including hospitalization benefits.
- Healthcare provider confirmation of required health screenings, tests, and immunizations.
- Final official high school and/or post-secondary transcripts reflecting required GPA.
Admitted students who fail to meet all these requirements will have their admission offer revoked.
At the discretion of the individual Program, applicants may be granted a one-year deferment on their application. Deferment is granted one time only.
At the discretion of the individual 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. When offered admission, these applicants must meet the post-acceptance requirements outlined above.
Applicants whose files are cancelled by either their own efforts or the efforts of the Admissions Committee can reapply to a program at a later date.