Admissions & Aid
RN to BSN Admission Requirements
Previous Academic Experiences
Elizabethtown College Nursing is a diploma-friendly institution and will evaluate previous academic coursework to determine credit transfer. Elizabethtown College accepts 64-credits from 2-year program alone or accept 95 credits from 2 & 4-year program institutions combined.
This coursework may be completed at any accredited college or university. For students planning to apply to the RN-BSN program who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in another area:
- Associates degree or diploma in nursing with official transcripts from all collegiate experiences
- 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
- GPA waivers are available, contact Donald Sharples, Admissions Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org for the form and information
- Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
The preferred minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses.
Course work may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed by the initial date of enrollment. Students will receive 35-credit hours demonstrating competency in their RN education. There is no time limit on coursework.
Applying for Admission
Applications are available online through the Office of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) and can be accessed by the Nursing Program website where you can set up a username and password to complete the application.
Once admitted to the RN to BSN Program, you will be assigned to a dedicated nursing advisor. Your nursing advisor will partner with you to address questions and concerns, discuss registration for your first course and connect you with orientation activities. Students who are admitted and accept the admissions offer (matriculate), must undergo a criminal background check, complete a, health screening, and proof of current immunizations prior to the beginning or coursework.
- Documentation of Federal Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearance
- Current AHA or ARC Basic life support (BLS) [Adult, Child, Infant and AED]
Health insurance & medical malpractice insurance
For more information on Clinical Practice Experience Documentation Requirements after acceptance.
Financial Aid & Scholarships for RN to BSN Students
Scholarships for Nursing Students
Small scholarships are generously given by the College’s Alumni Association; students should check with their own professional organizations for funding opportunities. Depending on funding, federal loan forgiveness programs are sometimes available for full-time (9 credits in fall/spring, 7 credits in summer) students who teach in schools of nursing upon receipt of their degree. Small awards are available to support dissertation research through the College of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International chapters, and through the American Nurses Foundation Awards given through the regional research organizations (SNRS, ENRS, MNRS, WIN). Additional scholarships may be available for nursing students through AACN https://www.aacnnursing.org/Students/Financial-Aid.
Deborah E. Trautman Future of Nurse Leader Scholarship
Funded by Liaison International, AACN’s partner in Nursing CAS, this scholarship and leadership development program was created in honor of AACN’s President and CEO Dr. Deborah Trautman. This $3,500 scholarship is designed to recognize graduate nursing students who aspire to leadership positions in academic nursing www.aacnnursing.org.
For additional scholarships available to all students, please refer to the Financial Aid and Scholarship webpage for Etown College.
Financial Aid Office & Staff
The Financial Aid Office at Elizabethtown is always here to serve students and families. We strongly encourage students and families to contact our office whenever they feel they need our assistance - that is why we are here! Some of the services we provide include: information on institutional, federal, state and private aid options, budgeting, debt management, and financial aid counseling. Appointments may be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our office is located in Zug Hall, Room 208. A link to the Office of Financial Aid is here https://www.etown.edu/offices/financial-aid/staff.aspx.
Financial Aid Office
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: (717) 361-1404
Fax: (717) 361-1514