Academic Policy and Program Changes in the College
2021-2022 Catalog Updates
Elizabethtown College welcomes students each year from more than 25 countries who choose to study at Elizabethtown either as exchange students for a semester or year, or who pursue full degree programs. International students may choose one of several options in order to meet the Power of Language: Other (Modern/Ancient Language) Core Program Area of Understanding, For more information, please visit our webpage dedicated to English Proficiency Examinations .
Prior Learning Assessment, PLA, is a process by which learning mastered outside of a formal classroom is reviewed for college-level equivalency. Credit for PLA may be granted for learning acquired from work and life experiences; civic, community, or volunteer work; individual study; and in-service training sponsored by associations, business, government, and industry, including the military. PLA is a rigorous process in which a student must demonstrate that he or she has college-level learning, which entails knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained as a result of prior experiences in a particular area. PLA is awarded based on learning, not experience. PLA provides students the opportunity to validate their relevant learning.
PLA creates a pathway for our non-traditional students to accelerate their academic progress toward earning an Elizabethtown College degree. Any Elizabethtown College program approved to award credit through PLA will have it clearly published on their school’s webpage. Credit for PLA will only be awarded when: (1) A student is an actively enrolled, degree-seeking student at Elizabethtown College and has completed a minimum of 6 Elizabethtown College credits prior to applying for PLA; (2) Students interested in pursuing PLA credit should check with their academic advisor to ensure that they do not enroll into a course for which they may later be seeking to earn PLA equivalent credit; (3) Students must be in good academic standing with Elizabethtown College; (4) Students must be in good financial standing with Elizabethtown College; (5) A student has not previously attempted, completed, or transferred in the equivalent course for which PLA credit is being sought; (6) The PLA credit must apply to the student’s major or program of study.
There is a non-refundable $450 fee charged for the assessment of a PLA portfolio, due upon submission and regardless of the outcome.
To obtain PLA credit for the types of learning listed above, the student may:
- Contact an approved prior learning assessment service. Once the assessment is complete and a transcript is available, the student may submit an official copy to the Registration and Records Office for evaluation of transfer credits into their Elizabethtown College degree program. Approved providers include: The American Council for Education (ACE), The National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
- Complete a one credit course, PL 1500 Experiential Learning Portfolio, which will prepare the applicant to submit a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Application and Portfolio. The portfolio must demonstrate college-level competencies and writing skills and include a narrative explaining how their specific experience aligns with the student learning outcomes of a course(s) in the Elizabethtown Catalog. Each statement must be accompanied by tangible evidence and support documentation.
A maximum of 32 credits may be earned through PLA and Transfer Credit through Examination policies. PLA credits do not count toward residency or the students’ academic grade point average. Students are responsible for understanding the impact of PLA credits transcribed by Elizabethtown College and future plans for transfer, and or additional degrees.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies has partnered with Emma Neuhauser to create a New Masters of Science in Finance (MS). The new program provides a natural pathway for students seeking to complete our Certified Financial Planning Program, CFP®, into a graduate degree program. For more information, please contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, SCPS@etown.edu
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Elizabethtown College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, phone 202-887-6791, fax 202-87-8476. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.https://www.ccneaccreditation.org
Admission Requirements for RN to BSN Program
- Associates degree or diploma in nursing
- Current, unrestricted United States RN licensure
- If you are preparing to take the NCLEX, you are welcome to apply and start the program on a provisional basis. Once you successfully pass your RN licensure, you may enter into the RN to BSN program
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study
- Documentation of Federal Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearance
- Current AHA or ARC Basic life support (BLS) [Adult, Child, Infant and AED]
- The essay requirement was waived and approved by the Dean of SCPS in order to provide the convenience demanded by this type of learner
- Transcripts are requested from previous educational experiences
- Current CV is needed and employer information in preparation for outcomes data for accreditation
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction will now offer four pathways and serve as a second-year program for the English as a Second Language, Trauma-Informed Practice, Interdisciplinary Autistic Support and Integrated STEM certificates in curriculum and instruction.
The Master of Science in Organizational Analytics will be formatted as a 4+1 program. There are four available tracks within the program - Business, Health Care, Leadership or Logistics. Please contact Dr. Dmitriy Krichevskiy with questions.
The Exercise Science Program focuses on the impact of nutrition, lifestyle, and developmental and psychological factors on exercise and health. The program will consist of 18 courses comprises of Anatomy and Physiology I & II; Nutrition; Biomechanics and Human Movement; Lifespan Human Development; Health Psychology; Marketing; Management; First Aid, CPR and Medical Terminology; Exercise Physiology I & II; Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription; Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription; Nutrition in Sports and Exercise, Strength Training and Conditioning; Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Exercise in Special Populations; Professional Communication, and internship.
The Biotechnology major will transition to Biology Lab Science, which mirrors a major offered in the Chemistry department, Chemistry Laboratory Science. Students can opt for a major focused on laboratory skills in either the biology or the chemistry department.
Effective Fall 2020, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will no longer offer a concentration in Forensic Science.
The department is also introducing a new Health Professions concentration, which replaces the existing Allied Health and Pre-medicine concentrations.
Effective Fall 2020, with the College's plan to introduce our Physician Assistant Specialist Graduate Program, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program is being discontinued immediately.
The Environmental Science curriculum prepares students for entry level positions with environmental firms, industry, or government agencies that require knowledge of environmental principles and methodology, as well as for entry into graduate environmental programs. In addition to providing students with a solid grounding in basic principles, the curriculum also exposes them to the application of those principles through research and/or internships.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jodi Lancaster. Chair of Biology.
The Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry partner for this interdisciplinary major called Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This major replaces the Biochemistry major. This major will highlight many current strengths of the biology and chemistry departments, which includes rigorous laboratory preparation, offering of advanced, upper-level electives in both biology and chemistry, and a required research project.
Effective Fall 2020, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will no longer offer a concentration in Forensic Science.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jeff Rood, Chair of Chemistry.
The Business department will be transforming its "Management" concentration for their Business Administration and International Business majors into a "Human Resources and Talent Management" concentration.
The Media Analytics and Social Media Major requires the completion of 56 credits comprised of 13 specific courses and 8 additional elective credits. The proposed major includes courses in visual communications, public speaking, communications law and ethics, and a capstone course, which will require Media Analytics and Social Media students to complete media analytics/social media-related research and a project. Media Analytics and Social media majors will complete several intermediate and advanced level courses in public relations, multimedia journalism, and writing to further hone their skills in understanding public relations, writing, and broadcast and radio.
The Communications Department has decided to rename it Mass Communications Major to Digital Media Production to better align the program with course content required by the major.
For more information, please contact Dr. Matt Skillen, Chair of Communications.
The Business Department and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are introducing a New Graduate, CFP®, Certified Financial Planning Program. The program provides specialized coursework beyond a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university, which are required by the CFP® Board to be eligible for the comprehensive CFP Certification Examination. For more information, please contact Dr. Emma Neuhauser, Associate Professor of Finance.
Elizabethtown College introduces a new undergraduate major in public health with two tracks, one based in social sciences and leading to a BA in Public Health and the other based in the hard sciences and leading to a BS in Public Health. The BA track educates students to analyze the social and behavioral factors that influence public health and public health decisions. The BS track is science focused, preparing students for graduate programs in public health and work in research laboratories where they analyze the scientific and biological factors that influence public health and transmission of disease.
For more information, please contact Dr. April Kelly-Woessner, Chair of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies.
Fall 2020,the Engineering & Physics Department to replace the current physics major with a Computational Physics Major and amend the requirements for the Physics Minor.
The Computational Physics Major will consist of 17 STEM course requirements (5 each in CS, physics, and math with a computational research project totaling 64 credits).
The Physics minor will be comprised of PHY201 College Physics I, PHY202 College Physics II, PHY203 College Physics III, Plus 10 additional credits in physics (PHY105 and above).
The Engineering -Mechatronics concentration is a combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Each concentration in our ABET-accredited General Engineering degree comprises 6 upper-level engineering courses and 1 upper-level math course (for all but Industrial and Systems, that math course is MA 321 Differential Equations). The Mechatronics concentration consists of: EGR 311 Electronics; EGR 332 Digital Design I; EGR 410 Control Systems; EGR 434 Green Robotics; EGR 463 Analytical Mechanics and Vibrations; CS 122 Computer Science II; and MA 321 Differential Equations.
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Atwood
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12)
Integrated STEM Education Endorsement
Interdisciplinary Autistic Support
Digital Marketing and Analytics (B.S.) Elizabethtown College’s Bachelor of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies prepares candidates for careers in marketing through foundational studies in business, management, communications, and consumer behavior. With an emphasis upon digital and quantitative techniques, students graduate with a set of skills and competencies positioning them to succeed in today’s global world. This program is aligned to ACBSP competencies.
Effective immediately, Interdisciplinary Colloquia with an Natural and Physical Science component shall stand in their own NPS disciplinary category. IC 201, 203, and 205 are all classified as non-lab Natural and Physical Science Core. This provision shall have no impact on the requirement that at least one NPS course must have a lab component.
Transfer of Associate Degrees Candidates approved through Admissions with an earned associate’s degree, consisting of at least 40 corresponding general education credits from a regionally accredited college or university will be recognized as meeting all of the requirements of the Elizabethtown College Core Curriculum with full junior standing. The foregoing provision does not supersede curricular prerequisites or departmental program requirements established in the College catalog. Nor does it exclude the student from completing the signature learning requirement, or residency requirements, for completion of a bachelor’s degree.
2019-2020 Catalog Updates
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Communications will offer majors in Journalism, Mass Communications and Public Relations . All programs are comprised of 56 credits. In addition to taking foundation courses in communications fields, Journalism majors will complete courses in visual communications, public speaking, communications law and ethics, and a capstone course, which will require journalism students to complete journalism-related research project. Public Relations majors take several intermediate and advanced level courses in public relations to develop their writing skills, digital media production, and solve PR-related problems. Similarly, Mass Communications majors take several intermediate courses to develop their video and audio skills, digital media experiences, and broadcast news experience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Communications Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Psychology will introduce a Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience . Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to developing an understanding of the brain at a cellular and behavioral level using knowledge and skills gleaned primarily from the fields of Biology, Psychology, and Chemistry. Students develop statistical and laboratory skills which are applied in a capstone experience in the field. The Neuroscience program prepares students for work in biological and clinical laboratory settings and for graduate work in Neuroscience and related fields including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Medicine.
The program will consist of 64 credits with four foundational courses, two methodological courses, four breadth courses in biology, psychology, and cognitive science, as well as advanced courses in neuroscience. Majors will also complete 12 credits of departmentally approved emphasis elective groupings. Lastly, students will be required to complete a capstone is neuroscience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of our Psychology Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Health and Wellness will introduce a new coaching minor. The Coaching minor at Elizabethtown College will meet a demonstrated need of our students to gain additional knowledge, and credentialing, in preparation for pursuing athletic coaching as an important part of their career path. The minor will consist of 18 credits comprised of five wellness course requirements including an internship as well as ten credit hours of departmentally approved electives.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Occupational and Therapy will introduce a doctoral program. The Doctorate in Occupational Therapy requires three years or 8 semesters (this includes two summer semesters/ sessions) of graduate academic study, six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork, one Capstone Experience with the requirements listed below. To begin coursework toward he doctorate program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Students will start to take graduate level courses in the senior year and will officially be registered into the doctorate degree only after completing the fourth year of the occupational therapy program and earning an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Education will introduce an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12). The certification program requires 16 credits consisting of 6 courses and 60 hours of fieldwork. This program in combination can be declared by any degree-seeking education major. Please be advised, the certification is not a stand-a-lone program. The certification is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of History will introduce a certificate program in Public Heritage Studies. The certificate requires 10 credits consisting of 6 credits of public heritage coursework along with a four credit internship experience. Please be advised, the certificate is not a stand-a-lone program. The award of the certificate notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.