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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

To be accepted into the nursing program, you’ll need to meet the following standardized criteria:

  1. High school education – You must have completed work equal to a standard high school education. A Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) is accepted as a standard high school education. If you obtained your CSSD (GED) outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you’re required to submit a Certificate of Preliminary Education from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. An official high school transcript is required of all applicants.
  2. Points system – A points system is used for determining admission eligibility into the program. See how points are assigned. We take into consideration your GPA, entrance exam, previous medical experience/licensure and previous degrees/course work. 
  3. Grade point average (GPA) – GPA is considered for all applicants. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is preferred, with a “C” grade or better required in algebra, general biology and general chemistry, and each must be one full credit. Note that a C-minus is not acceptable.
  4. Previous coursework or equivalent work – You must have completed work equivalent to a high school education with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of social studies, two units of mathematics (one of which is algebra) and two units of science (general biology and general chemistry) with a related laboratory or the equivalent. Algebra taken at a post-secondary school must be a college algebra or intermediate algebra.
  5. Testing – You may take an entrance exam. The ATI TEAS test, National League for Nursing Preadmission Examination for RN, ACT or SAT tests are acceptable for consideration for admission for the program. No minimum score on these entrance exams is required, but the score is considered as part of the admission points review process. 
  6. Postsecondary education – If you have completed post-secondary coursework, you must submit a transcript(s) and detailed course description(s) for evaluation of academic achievement and possible credit transfer. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above is preferred. Note that all post-secondary coursework must be completed at an accredited university. View the approved transfer courses.
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – TOEFL is required if English is not your first language. Acceptable scores must be documented. Minimum passing score for the TOEFL iBT is 84 or higher total score, with a minimum speaking score of 26. Minimum passing score for the TOEFL PBT is 540 or higher total score.
  8. Tobacco policy – All Geisinger facilities are tobacco free. In accordance with Geisinger policy, all applicants who are offered admission will be required to have a nicotine screening. If results are positive, the offer for admission will be rescinded.
  9. Required vaccinations – Certain vaccinations may be required. Inquiries can be made with the admissions committee for current policies.
  10. Citizenship – You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  11. Minimum age – You must be 18 years of age by the time of entrance into the program.
  12. Clearances – FBI (federal criminal history/fingerprint-based), PA state police and child abuse clearances will need to be obtained within six months of start of the program and show no relevant criminal history. Clearances are not required until after acceptance into the program and must be turned in prior to the start of classes. Acceptance into the program may be revoked if clearances show relevant criminal history. Final determination will be made by the admissions committee. 

It is the policy of the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing to provide 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 instructions

You’ll be reviewed for admission after the following forms (if applicable) have been received:

  1. Your completed School of Nursing application
  2. A statement of purpose essay describing why you want to be a nurse (approximately 250 words) – Your essay can be uploaded in Empower or submitted via email to the nursing program.
  3. Your high school graduate transcript (past or current) and/or GED transcript (if applicable)*
  4. College and/or post-secondary education transcripts (past and current) (if applicable)*
  5. LPN license (if applicable)
  6. Report from TOEFL (if applicable)

*You’re responsible for obtaining and submitting official high school, post-secondary education and college transcripts to the School of Nursing. These can be directly sent from the institution electronically or must be in a sealed envelopes with a signature across the seal. Attendance at any other institution must be reported at the time of application. Failure to indicate at the time of application that the individual has taken courses at another institution will result in denial of credit transfer from that specific institution. Any other misrepresentation or material omission of fact in an application will result in the denial or revocation of admission.

If the above requirements are met, we’ll schedule an interview for you to meet with faculty members to assess your motivation, personal qualities, academic potential and aptitude for the nursing profession.

If you’re accepted into the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing, see the post-admission requirements in the application packet

Refer to policy B1 & B2.

Curriculum and transfer courses

We’re accepting applications for our fall session, which begins in August 2022. Learn about the courses you’ll take in our Plan of Study.

View our approved transfer courses.

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.

How much does the program cost?

The total cost of our program is approximately $33,000.* 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 2021/2022 projected costs. Subject to change.


Financial aid

How much does the program cost?

The total cost of our program is approximately $33,000.* 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 2021/2022 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:

  • Robert & Sandy Metz Endowment
  • 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.

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