Application and Admission
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year.
RN to Bachelors in Nursing degree entrance is based on:
- Transfer credits. Diploma nurses may earn up to 45 semester hours of credit which they may apply towards admission to EMU, providing their program was approved by the National League for Nursing and that they have passed state board exams. Admission may be granted based on 45 hours provided the student will complete a college composition course prior to enrollment or during the first semester of program enrollment. Fifteen additional semester hours of credit from accredited community colleges or four-year institutions with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average is desirable. Other nurses are required to have a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit from their nursing programs.
- Hold state licensure as a Registered Nurse.
- Demonstrate writing skills that will allow you to complete summary papers for each course, since testing is not used for evaluation of comprehension.
- Have current work experience or significant volunteer involvement that provides a forum to practice professional nursing concepts and a context for the applied research project.
- Background Checks: All students accepted into the program must provide a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Check and State Police Criminal Record Check. No student will be admitted with a disqualifying criminal history or child abuse clearance.
You must complete the following nine-step process to properly enroll in the program:
1. A completed EMU application submitted online.
2. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 paid online.
3. Request that a letter of recommendation be sent directly to EMU Lancaster by your nursing manager or nursing instructor (whenever possible).
4. Request that official transcripts be sent to EMU at Lancaster (1846 Charter Lane P.O. Box 10936 Lancaster, PA 17605-0936 Attn: Ashley Goudie) from ALL accredited community colleges or four-year institutions you have attended.
5. Submit a writing sample.
6. Meet with the assessment counselor to talk about your portfolio and what general education courses you might need to complete the program.
7. Complete financial aid forms and make payment arrangements.
8. Speak with a program representative about the program and application process. For the Lancaster program you can call (717) 397-5190 or email .
9. Complete FAFSA (School code 003708)
Admissions: Decisions and Appeals
Each program establishes and maintains its admission requirements. Admission committees composed of faculty members make admission decisions in each undergraduate program. A student denied admission may address a written appeal to the admission committee, providing additional information pertinent to an admission decision. Prospective students may appeal a second denial of admission to the dean, whose determination for admission is final.