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Concurrent enrollment allows head start on bachelor’s degree

Students pursuing associate degrees in health care majors have the opportunity to concurrently enroll in bachelor’s degree coursework in one of three degree-completion majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Penn College’s new concurrent enrollment program allows students in health care-related majors at Penn College or other accredited institutions to gain a head start toward a bachelor’s completion degree by taking up to two online courses (six credits) per semester during their last year of study toward an associate degree.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences is offering a new concurrent enrollment program for students to begin taking courses in three bachelor’s degree-completion majors while still pursuing health care-related associate degrees.
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences is offering a new concurrent enrollment program for students to begin taking courses in three bachelor’s degree-completion majors while still pursuing health care-related associate degrees.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that concurrent enrollment offers current associate degree students,” said Wendy A. Miller, assistant dean of health sciences. “Starting bachelor’s coursework now means less time to complete the degree later. Equally as important, the 100% online coursework won’t interfere with students’ associate degree schedules.”

Concurrent enrollment is available in the following Penn College bachelor’s degree majors:

  • Applied health studies – designed for students enrolled in associate degree programs such as surgical technology or radiography, this major prepares graduates for positions in health care management, administration, public health, research, medical-equipment sales and more.
  • Nursing – prepares registered nurses for advanced clinical and administrative positions in the traditional inpatient setting, as well as home health nursing, public health nursing, nursing education, the armed services, case management and leadership.
  • Dental hygiene – provides opportunities for licensed dental hygienists to seek advanced positions within the field or in related areas of education, government, insurance and public health.

Once students graduate with their associate degree, they can complete the bachelor’s degree on a full-time or part-time basis. Since the bachelor’s degree courses are all available online, students can fit the courses around their lives, even after they enter the workforce.

To be eligible for concurrent enrollment, a student must be enrolled in a related associate degree program at an accredited institution, have completed a minimum number of credits and have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, plus satisfy all other Penn College application and placement requirements.

A student may take no more than 24 credits in a Penn College bachelor’s program before completing their associate degree.

To learn more, call the college’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences at 570-327-4519.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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