Step 1 – Pre-Application Requirement
All candidates must take the ATI Teas® exam as a prerequisite for admission. Candidates are permitted to test two times for admission consideration. Show me a schedule of test dates and instructions to register.
Step 2 – How to Apply
Applicants who meet or exceed program TEAS® exam criteria will be invited to apply and interview for admission to the program. The application deadline for the August 2020 cohort is April 15, 2020. A complete application includes the following documents:
- Practical Nursing Application
- $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee (check or money order payable to Penn State University)
- TEAS® Exam Test Score Report (if taken at a testing location other than Penn State Berks)
- Official Transcripts – Request official high school/GED transcript, and if applicable, technical, trade or college transcripts from each school you’ve attended.
- Two letters of professional reference
- A 500 word essay describing why you are interested in pursuing a nursing career.
An application checklist and all requirements should be mailed to:
Penn State Berks
Attn: Cathleen Phillips
PO Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610
Applicants are considered based on their academic capacity and aptitude to provide care to others. Academic capacity is measured by High School GPA, Number of College Credits earned, and the TEAS exam score. Aptitude to provide care is measured by your personal essay, letters of professional reference and personal interview skills.
Step 3 – Admission Offers
Candidates who complete their application requirements and meet or exceed minimum criteria will be offered admission on a block schedule either March 1, 2019, May 31, 2019 with limited rolling admission thereafter until July 1, 2019. To secure a seat position before the class fills, it is recommended that candidates submit all application requirements for consideration in the first round of offers.
Step 4 – Student Acceptance
Candidates are required to submit enrollment documentation and a $350 non-refundable deposit to accept their offer of admission and reserve a seat in the cohort. Upon course registration, the seat deposit funds will be applied to the first module tuition charges.
Students who paid a seat deposit reserving a position in the Practical Nursing Program will be provided instructions on when and how to obtain indicating completion of the following clinical facility requirements:
- Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and Background Check
- Drug test
- CPR Certification (BLS for Healthcare Provider including infant, child, adult and AED components)
- Proof of Valid Health Insurance Coverage
- Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
- Physical Examination
- Medical Documents verifying student is current with their Influenza, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB Skin Test and Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap)
* Penn State Practical Nursing Program will not discriminate in the acceptance process due to a criminal history; however, anyone with a positive criminal background check (felony or misdemeanors) may be accepted into the program PENDING clinical facility placement. If a clinical facility denies a student access to their facility for clinical experiences, the student will not be able to progress through the program and therefore, acceptance will be denied. In addition, the Penn State Practical Nursing program cannot guarantee that candidates with a positive criminal background will be eligible to obtain licensure per PA State Laws (“The Professional Nursing Law” Act 69, P.L. 409, No. 10, and P.L 233, No. 64; Older Adults Protective Services Act, Act 169 as amended by Act 13, P.L. 233, and No. 64).