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Admissions and financial aid

Everything you need to know before you apply

Know before you go: Our admission policy

We’re so excited about your interest in the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing! Choosing to attend nursing school is no small decision. That’s why we’ve made it easy to learn more about our program and decide whether it’s a good fit for you.

We offer two options in our 2-year nursing program:

  • LPN advanced placement, also known as a nursing bridge program
  • 2-year RN diploma


What you’ll need to apply

If you are 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen, here’s what you’ll need to submit to get started.

  1. High school diploma or GED – An official copy of your high school transcripts, which shows class rank and grade point average, or GED.
  2. Grade point average (GPA) – While we consider GPAs for all of our applicants, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is preferred, with above a “C-minus” grade in algebra, general biology and general chemistry.
  3. Previous coursework or equivalent work – You’ll need to have completed a minimum of 16 units (or work equivalent to a high school course) with four units of English, three units of social studies, algebra I and one other unit of math, and two units of science with a related lab (general biology and general chemistry).
  4. National League for Nursing Preadmission Examination (NLNPAX) — All applicants must take this pre-admission exam, with a score at least in the 60th percentile being preferred.
  5. Post-secondary education – If you‘ve completed any college courses for credit, you’ll need to provide your official transcript(s).
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — If English is not your first language, you’ll need to take the TOEFL exam to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Our school code is 0205.
  7. Criminal and child abuse clearances — All applicants must have a clean/clear record, as well as criminal and child abuse clearances. These should be turned in prior to the start of classes.

All Geisinger facilities are tobacco free. Our goal is to create a healthier environment for our students, employees and patients. If offered admission, you will be screened for nicotine use. A positive result will result in your offer being withdrawn. However, you will be able to re-apply to the program in 6 months.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing provides equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, non-job-related handicap, disability or age. The Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing is committed to offering students who are disabled (as defined by Section 104 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) an opportunity to participate in the program.

Application requirements and deadlines

We’re accepting applications for our fall session, which begins in August 2020. Learn about the courses you’ll take.

If you’re an LPN with an active license in Pennsylvania in good standing, you may be eligible for our LPN advanced placement program. Get credit for your previous nursing experience and complete the program in six semesters.

Application instructions

Have you met the above requirements and filled out your admission packet? Wonderful! Before you send your application on its way, be sure to pay the $130 application fee and submit these additional items to us:

  • Printed application packet:
  • Official high school transcripts, placed in a sealed envelope with an official signature across the envelope seal
  • Official post-secondary education transcripts (if applicable), placed in a sealed envelope with an official signature across the envelope seal
  • Three completed recommendation forms in sealed envelopes with signatures across the envelope seals
  • Completed checklist form from your packet
  • NLN Pre-Admission Exam scores (taken after your online application is submitted)

  • Other requirements (if applicable):


When you have everything ready, mail your items or deliver them in person to:

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing
400 Highland Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044

How much does the program cost?

The total cost of our program is approximately $29,000.* This estimate includes items such as tuition, fees, uniforms and books, but does not include general education costs.

Like to know what you’ll pay? Estimate your cost.

*Based on 2019/2020 projected costs. Subject to change.

Financial aid

How much does the program cost?

The total cost of our program is approximately $29,000.* This estimate includes items such as tuition, fees, uniforms and books, but does not include general education costs.

Like to know what you’ll pay? Estimate your cost.

*Based on 2019/2020 projected costs. Subject to change.

 

Paying for your nursing degree

Although we offer you an excellent education at an affordable price, it can still be expensive. A variety of scholarships are available to students each fall to help offset costs. These include:

  • J.C. Hamilton Scholarship
  • Robert & Sandy Metz Endowment
  • Women's Service Club of Juniata Valley
  • Sarah Heintzelman Stoicheff Scholarship

We can help you apply for scholarships when they become available each fall.

Additionally, there are grants and student loans (federal and private) available to help ease the financial burden. Our financial aid counselor can help you find the best options to suit your needs.

Call 717-242-7206 to speak with a Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing financial aid advisor.

 

Financial aid handbook and consumer disclosures

View our financial aid handbook and consumer disclosures.

Now accepting applications for August 2020!

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