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Applicants who meet admission criteria will be admitted to the School of Nursing. A class of regular students starts in August of each year. Advanced standing will be considered for these applicants:

  • Students with previous college courses
  • Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) (start in Term 3)
  • Transfer students from other professional nursing programs

Each applicant is to be aware that conviction of a felony prior to or during the course of the educational program may result in the denial of licensure by the State Board of Nursing. 

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Academic Prerequisites

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school and must present 16 Carnegie Units, distributed as follows:

English 4 units
Social Sciences 3 units
Electives 5 units
Mathematics 2 units (one unit of Algebra is required with achievement of a "C" or better)
Science 2 units (Biology and Chemistry are required with achievement of a “C” or better in each course)

In lieu of a high school diploma, an applicant who successfully passes the GED examination will be considered for admission.

Applicants who are deficient in Algebra, Biology, or Chemistry may be considered for provisional admission providing arrangements can be made for the satisfactory make-up of deficiencies prior to enrollment. These courses may be taken at the high school or college level. Anatomy taken in Term 1 is acceptable remediation for Biology when a student is provisionally accepted. All other courses must be remediated before enrollment.


Citizenship and Language Requirements

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or have Permanent Resident status with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test measures the ability of the person to use and understand North American English.

Foreign-educated students who submit an official transcript translated by a recognized agency that offers foreign credentials evaluation services are to obtain a Certificate of Preliminary Education (CPE) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.



The College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required. Scores of Math 450 and Critical Reading (or Verbal) 450 are preferred or a combined score of 900. Applicants with a score below this level will be considered on the basis of their references and high school performance evaluation. If the applicant graduated from high school more than 3 years ago and has never taken the SAT, this requirement will be waived.

The results of the CEEB SAT are required to be sent directly to the School of Nursing.

The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) will be given to all qualified prospective applicants. The School recommends the score be at the Proficient level. The test results will be discussed with the potential student and suggestions given to help the student in areas of weakness.  The test may be repeated once.  A study guide is available from ATI.



Each applicant is required to have official transcripts sent from the high school and all other higher education institutions where the applicant has taken courses.  An official transcript is one that is signed, bears the seal of the school, and is mailed directly from the institution to Citizens School of Nursing.



Transfer Credits/ Advanced Standing

Applicants may be eligible for transfer of college credits or for advanced standing.


Transfer of College Credits

Applicants who have previously attended an accredited college or university and have maintained a "C" or better in the required courses may have these college courses credited toward the Citizens School of Nursing diploma.

Acceptance of these college courses will be on an individual basis.  A course description must be submitted if not currently on file at the school. Acceptance of these courses will be based on the course content.  College credits obtained by challenge examination at a college/university, CLEP, or Regent’s College Examination will be reviewed for credit toward the nursing diploma.

Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology credits may not be older than 7 years on the day of acceptance.


Advanced Standing for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs applying to Citizens School of Nursing for advanced standing are required to have:

  • Verification of current Pennsylvania Practical Nurse licensure
  • Recent experience in an acute/skilled care setting or graduation from LPN school within one (1) year of entering the program.   NOTE: If deficient in recent employment experience area, the applicant may be eligible to enter Term 1
  • A decision score of 65% correct or better on the NLN Mobility I, Book I 
  • An Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) recommended score at the Proficient level.  The test may be repeated one time.  A study guide is available from ATI
  • Documentation of competency in basic clinical nursing skills. The applicant will request that his/her current immediate nursing supervisor submit the following (NOTE: If an applicant cannot provide validation of the basic clinical competencies, the applicant may be eligible to enter the program in Term 1):
  • Official transcript from the practical nursing program sent directly to the School
  • Cumulative point average of 2.0 or better in practical nursing school
  • High school diploma or GED
  • A personal interview
  • Two (2) Professional References (in addition to personal references) completed by someone other than the immediate nursing supervisor
  • Documentation prior to graduation of satisfactory completion of college-level Anatomy and Nutrition courses prior to enrollment
  • Physiology and Developmental Psychology may be taken at a college or university prior to enrollment (provide documentation) or concurrently with the first nursing course

All LPNs who are granted advanced placement will be required to complete Terms III through VIII.

Accepted advanced placement LPNs will be required to attend an orientation prior to enrolling in Term III.


Transfer Students from Another Nursing Program

An applicant for transfer from another professional nursing program must have:

  • Been enrolled in an educational program within the last year
  • A grade of “C” or better in courses completed in former nursing program
  • A “C” or better in required college courses
  • A letter from the applicant explaining the reason for transfer.  
  • A letter of recommendation from the director or dean of the former nursing program

Placement in the Citizens School of Nursing program will be determined based on the individual student's  educational background.

The transfer applicant will be required to complete, as a minimum, the last academic year of the educational program granting the diploma (Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Regulation, Section 21-103).



After completed applications are screened in relation to general admission requirements, applicants may be interviewed. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicant’s suitability, aptitude for professional nursing, and potential for success in the educational program.


Admission Decisions

Applicants will be notified of their admission status in writing.  Applicants may request to have the decision on their application reviewed by contacting the Director of the School of Nursing.

After acceptance to the School of Nursing, each person is strongly encouraged to begin taking the college courses.


Waiting List

In the event that a class is full, a qualified applicant may be accepted and placed on a waiting list.  This means the applicant will be guaranteed a seat in the following class and will be given a place on the waiting list for the class in which he/she originally sought admission.

As seats become available, students will be formally offered a seat in the class.  The possibility of waiting list status will be discussed at the time of interview.


Transfer Between Classes

Sometimes because of academic, health, or personal reasons, students are unable to enter the program at the time specified in the admission letter.  When this happens, students must submit a written request asking to be transferred to the next class. 

This type of request will be granted once.  Subsequent requests will necessitate the payment of a $35 processing fee and a meeting with the Assistant Director, Citizens School of Nursing, to discuss the matter.

Students are requested to notify the School of Nursing as soon as they know they will not be entering the program at the specified time.



Health Requirements

There must be evidence of a health status that does not interfere with the ability to participate in the educational program.

Completed records documenting immunization must be on file prior to the first day of enrollment.


Preadmission/ Pre-enrollment Requirements

Before enrollment in Citizens School of Nursing, students need to complete several activities:

A Pre-enrollment Session is held to provide students with information related to financial aid applications, required health and drug screenings and child abuse and criminal background check and liability insurance.

The health and drug screening results, criminal clearances, and liability insurance information must be on file in order for the student to enroll. Findings in the child abuse and criminal background check may prevent enrollment.



Clearances/Felony Convictions

All newly accepted students will be required to submit the original copy of a Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.

An FBI Clearance will be required to meet the requirements of the rotating nursing courses.

All checks/clearances must be completed no earlier than 60 days prior to the date of enrollment.

A positive report may prevent enrollment.

Students must keep the school informed if there is a change in the status of their clearances. Failure to do so can result in dismissal.

Each applicant is to be aware that conviction of a felony prior to or during the course of the educational program may result in the denial of licensure by the State Board of Nursing.



All accepted applicants will be required to attend an orientation day in late spring prior to enrollment.


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)


Citizens School of Nursing faculty and students are required to have certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for healthcare providers and to maintain certification barring any major physical handicaps.

Those with handicaps must attend an annual review of the cognitive portion of a CPR for healthcare providers course.

Students and faculty may obtain certification in CPR for healthcare providers through such community resources as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross or Destination Wellness (located at Pittsburgh Mills Mall, near Citizens School of Nursing).


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