Curriculum and Admissions

Curriculum and Admissions - How to Apply

Curriculum and Admissions - How to Apply

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Application Process

All eligible prospective students are encouraged to apply to the school via an online application. Applicants are eligible for admissions review once a minimum of two lab science prerequisites and four additional prerequisites are successfully completed. A paper application is available for download or by calling the Admissions Office at 484-526-3443. All applications will be acknowledged in writing upon the receipt of the application fee. The school utilizes a rolling admissions system whereby applicants are admitted as long as space is available.

Admission Considerations

Preference is given to the highest qualified applicants who excel in the required admission criteria.  In making admission decisions, consideration is given to scholastic aptitude, academic achievements and personal qualities necessary to fulfill the objectives of the program. As deemed appropriate, the Student Admission, Progression and Development Team reserves the right to waive certain admission requirements after reviewing individual profiles.

Mandatory Preadmission & Ongoing Health Requirements

Admission Criteria

High School Education

A candidate must have completed work equal to a standard high school education, ordinarily in a college preparatory curriculum. A general equivalency diploma (GED) may be substituted for a standard high school education (the GED will meet the English and social studies requirements only). Entry requirements are a minimum of 16 units, 12 of which must include:

Entry Requirements Units
English 4 units 
Mathematics   2 units
One of which must be Algebra 
Science   3 units
Chemistry and Biology with labs, one elective science course 
Social Studies  3 units 

Required Prerequisite Post-secondary Courses (28 credits)

Applicants must have completed all the prerequisite courses to the nursing program before being admitted to the program. These courses will be accepted as transfer courses if they meet the transfer policy with a grade of C or better, as grades of C- and below do not transfer:

Accepted Transfer Courses Credits 
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs  8 credits
Microbiology with lab  4 credits
Chemistry with lab  4 credits
English  3 credits
Introduction to Psychology  3 credits
Developmental Psychology  3 credits 
Sociology  3 credits 

Recommended Prerequisite Course

Applicants who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree are highly encouraged to take a 3-credit statistics course.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA will be considered for all applicants. Level of difficulty in academic coursework will be taken into consideration.

Pre-admission Testing

A critical thinking test is required for all qualified applicants. The exams are offered regularly throughout the year for your convenience. Upon application, you will be notified of upcoming test dates.


Two professional references are required. Suggestions are teachers and/or employers. Relatives and peers are not acceptable.  If an applicant has attended another nursing school, one reference must be from a nursing instructor or program director.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

May be required for applicants who were educated outside of the United States and whose first language is not English.  Contact the admissions office at 484-526-3443 for more information.

Application Process Checklist

This checklist is for applicants applying to start the nursing curriculum in May 2016. The items below need to be forwarded to the St. Luke’s School of Nursing Admissions Office in order to complete your file. Applicants are responsible for contacting their high schools and colleges to have official transcripts mailed directly to St. Luke's School of Nursing. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm receipt of transcripts and references.

_____ Completed application (online)

_____ Non-refundable $35 application fee

_____ Official high school transcript or GED

_____ Official college transcript(s)

_____ Two professional references (family, friends, coworkers not acceptable). If an applicant has attended another nursing school, one reference must be from a nursing instructor or program director.

_____ Social Security number

_____ Critical thinking exam testing fee (to be collected at the time of the exam)

_____ TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if applicable

The Student Admission, Progression and Development Team will review your completed file only after all applicable items listed above have been received. Contact the Admissions Office for application deadlines for each class.

May 2016

These are the important dates for the class beginning in May 2016.


December 2017

First Deadline

October 1, 2015

Second Deadline

February 1, 2016

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

Notification to Applicants for the Class of 2017 Fall beginning in May of 2016

The PA State Board of Nursing has approved the School of Nursing’s plan to implement a revised nursing program. The program will change from five consecutive semesters of 14 weeks each to the same number of semesters but each with 15 weeks.  Calculation of credit equivalency is based on one credit of theory equal to 15 hours of theory and one credit of clinical equal to 45 hours of clinical. 

The resulting curriculum changes include the following:

The total nursing credits are reduced to 49 credits

  • The total hours of nursing are reduced to 435 hours

There are no changes to the following:

  • The clinical remain the same at 900 hours

  • The total general education prerequisites remain the same at 28 credits.

Pending approval by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the School of Nursing expects that students entering the program in May of 2016 will begin this revised curriculum.

If you have any questions regarding the revised curriculum, please contact, and the appropriate party will assist you.  

January 2017

These are the important dates for the class beginning in January 2017.


August 2018

First Deadline

June 1, 2016

Second Deadline

October 1, 2016

September 2017

These are the important dates for the class beginning in September 2017.


April 2019

First Deadline

February 1, 2017

Second Deadline

June 1, 2017

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy

The St. Luke's School of Nursing is in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances governing equal opportunity and non-discrimination.