Applicants to the Citizens School of Nursing must meet established criteria for acceptance and admission. All current admission criteria are published on the school website. All applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of a student nurse with or without reasonable accommodation. Criminal background and record clearance, child abuse clearance and fingerprinting, urine drug screen and immunizations are required prior to enrollment.
Applicants should be aware that certain felony convictions may make them ineligible for state licensure. Therefore an individual may be ineligible to work as a registered nurse. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny licensure based upon the applicants criminal history, even if that individual has completed the nursing program.
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.
In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Professional and Vocational Standards- State Board of Nursing Section 21.01, applicants shall have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units:
If the applicant does not meet the standard high school science requirements, they will be required to complete two science courses with related laboratory before being considered for admission.
In lieu of a High School diploma, a certificate of completion of a general educational development (GED) will be accepted. An original copy of the GED certificate is required.
Regardless of educational background all applicants are required to provide either SAT/ACT scores OR an Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score for consideration of admission.
Step 1: Complete an application
Apply online for admission to Citizens School of Nursing
Step 2: Submit SAT/ACT or ATI TEAS scores
Step 3: Submit required transcripts/ proof of eligibility to study at the post- secondary level
Citizens School of Nursing reserves the right to request a letter of reference and/or an interview if determined necessary.
Citizens School of Nursing
539 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, PA 15084
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.
In order to be eligible for transfer, students must provide an official transcript with evidence of course completion and grade from college and/or university for consideration. A course must be comparable in content, credit(s) and/or contact hours. Course descriptions and syllabi may be required to determine whether courses are acceptable for transfer. Acceptable substitutes for required courses are determined by Penn State University.
Courses for transfer must meet the following criteria:
Transfer credit may be given for Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations for High School General Psychology. Evidence of AP Examination Score must be provided from the College Board with a minimum score of 3.
High school and college and/or university transcripts from a foreign country must be translated and evaluated for U.S. course equivalency by a translation and evaluation service acceptable to the Citizens School of Nursing. Cost for this service is the responsibility of the applicant.
Any transfer of credit granted to the student will be considered attempted and earned prior to admission. The transfer of credit will not apply to the student’s overall grade point average (GPA). The student will be notified of acceptance of credits in writing prior to the start of the program.
Citizens School of Nursing provides no guarantee that credits earned while enrolled will transfer to another educational institution.
Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology credits may not be older than 7 years on the day of acceptance.