The curriculum of the Nursing Program at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and hands-on application throughout the human life span. The curriculum evolves from the concepts of normal to abnormal and simple to complex theory. The unifying threads of the curriculum are:

Communication - Nursing Process - Decision Making - Critical Thinking - Holism - Ethical/Legal Issues - Healthcare Issues-Community -Knowledge - Teaching/Learning - Professional Relationships

Program Overview

Day Tract is presented in 24 months. Classes and clinical experiences are scheduled Monday through Friday, and range from 7a.m. to 5p.m. Students are required to research their assigned patients the evening before each clinical experience.

You will be expected to carry out scheduled learning activities that will occur Monday through Friday. Your time commitment includes official class schedule Monday through Friday as well as preparation time for patient chart assignments in the evening and clinical skills practice sessions in the nursing simulation laboratory.

Evening/Weekend Tract is presented in 36 months with classes held three to four nights per week from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clinical experiences ma be scheduled every other Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the second and third years only.

An evening/weekend applicant will need to be aware that second-year  (nursing clinical) entry for new students is not a guarantee. Applicants are strongly advised to commit to at least one of the general education courses scheduled to run in the first year of the tract in order to secure a space in the new student cohort.

Special class, clinical, and conference experiences may occur during the day or evening (Monday through Friday) for both tracts.

The graduate is qualified to submit an application for licensure in the state of his/her choice and to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination to officially receive the title of Registered Nurse.

Upon completion of the program, graduates may apply for advanced placement in a college or university that offers an upper division program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.


The Nursing Program is affiliated with Alvernia University. Physical Sciences, biological sciences, behavioral sciences, and English Composition are taught at the School of Health Sciences by university faculty. The affiliation enables Nursing Program graduates to qualify for the University's RN-BSN completion program.