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Nursing major FAQ

  • Is the Nursing Major at York College a direct admit program?

    Students who apply, and are accepted to, York College as a Nursing major are admitted directly into nursing. There is not a separate application process for admittance to the clinical portion of the program. 

  • Are scholarships available specifically for Nursing students?

    Students should work with their high school guidance counselors as well as the Financial Aid Office here at York College to determine which scholarship opportunities for which they may be eligible. Once admitted and enrolled in the program, there are scholarship/externship/internship opportunities that may be available. 

  • How many semesters of clinical coursework are included in the program?

    The Nursing program at York College includes five (5) full semesters of clinical coursework. 

  • Does the Nursing program accept Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college in high school credits?

    Transfer and AP credits are determined upon a review of an applicant's transcript(s). AP science credits will not be substituted for pre-requisite science courses for nursing majors. 

  • Where do students go for clinical?

    The Nursing program has affiliation agreements with numerous agencies in Central Pennsylvania, including WellSpan Health (York Hospital), Pinnacle Health, Holy Spirit Hospital and Hershey Medical Center. Students may be required to travel to Harrisburg and Hershey. 

  • Does York College provide transportation to clinical sites?

    Nursing students are required to have their own transportation to clinical sites. 

  • I see that there is an additional cost per credit (differential) for nursing. Which courses does that apply to?

    The Nursing differential only applies to Nursing courses (all courses with an NUR prefix). The nursing differential does not apply to courses within other departments that are required in the nursing curriculum. 

  • Does the Nursing program have a GPA requirement once enrolled in the program?

    In order to continue in the Nursing program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher, and an overall science GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

  • Can students take coursework over the summer at another institution?

    Students may take courses off campus, following college policy, however we strongly recommend that students do not take science courses at another institution. Please note that Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 must be taken at the same institution. If students do not successfully complete a course in the nursing program, the course must be repeated at York College.

  • What is the student to faculty ratio for nursing courses?

    Typically the student to faculty ratio for lecture courses averages 32:1. The ratio for clinical courses averages 8:1.

  • Do nursing schedules allow students to participate in athletics?

    Absolutely! Some of our best students are athletes. While there are no scheduling guarantees, the program does work to accommodate athletes’ schedule needs as best we can.

  • Can nursing students declare a minor?

    Absolutely! One of the most popular minors is Biology due to the number of additional credits involved, however we have had students earn minors in anything from Psychology to Fine Arts. Information on minors and their requirements can be found on the York College website.

  • Does the nursing program use simulation?

    Yes we do. The nursing department underwent a multi-million dollar renovation during the summer of 2012. We are very proud of our new simulation labs which include an assessment lab, two 8 bed labs, two individual simulation labs, and a childbirth simulation lab. Simulation is incorporated throughout the curriculum. It is important to note that simulation is not a substitute for clinical hours spent at the hospital(s).

  • Does the nursing program include study abroad?

    We currently do not have study abroad programs affiliated with the nursing program, however York College does offer study abroad opportunities. *Interested students may only participate in opportunities offered during college or semester breaks. Study abroad cannot be substituted for nursing coursework.

  • Can nursing students work while taking classes?

    The nursing program is a full-time program so students may find that juggling employment in addition to their coursework is difficult, however many of our students are employed while enrolled in the program.

  • Are there student organizations for nursing students?

    There are two nursing organizations here at York College. Eta Eta is the York College Chapter of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. SNAP is the York College Chapter of the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania.

  • Is there a uniform requirement for nursing students?

    There is a uniform requirement for clinical. Uniforms are purchased through the York College Bookstore.

  • Is there a living/learning community for nursing students?

    We do not currently have a nursing living/learning community. Nursing students are permitted to choose any housing option available to students at York College.

  • What percentage of nursing students find employment within 30 days of graduation?

    Typically approximately 40% of our students find employment prior to graduation (during the final semester). All of our students are typically employed within one year of graduation.

  • Does the nursing program assist with job placement?

    The nursing program does not offer official job placement assistance, however the Career Development Office has valuable resources for students in preparing and assisting them in their employment searches. In addition our department provides students with information about employment opportunities as they become available.

  • If I am a track two student is there a graduation ceremony for me?

    Yes! There is no difference between a Track 2 student and a Track 1 student (other than the length of program). York College holds graduation in both December and May.

  • Is The Stabler Department of Nursing in good standing with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accreditation agencies?

    The Stabler Department of Nursing is currently in good standing with both the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and our accrediting body, CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).

Contact Us
Stabler Department of Nursing
Allison Malachosky
Diehl Hall, Room 126
Phone: 717.815.1243
Fax: 717.849.1651
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tours of nursing facilities by appointment.

Stabler Department of Nursing Office
Room 126, Diehl Hall
890 Grantley Road
York, PA 17403

Stabler Department of Nursing
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651

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