Healthcare Program Admission

BC3 has four selective admissions programs in the Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health which include: Massage Therapy; Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA); Practical Nursing (PN); and Nursing, RN. 

Applicants must meet eligibility criteria and complete a separate application for admission to their program of choice linked below.

 

Applications and Guidelines

Practical Nursing (PN) - Leads to a Certificate 

Practical Nursing (PN), Certificate

Applications Opens:

June 1, 2024  - Practical Nursing applicants for Spring 2025 consideration at Main Campus. Please check back for more information.

Application Deadline:

August 31st, 2024 - Practical Nursing applicants for Spring 2025 consideration at Main Campus

Notification:

Mid-September-Early October

Special Admissions Requirements:

  • 2.30 cumulative GPA minimum
  • Chemistry with a lab in the last 5 years at high school or college level passed with a "C" or better. (Suggested BC3 course: CHEM 100: Descriptive Chemistry)
  • Successful completion of all developmental or preparatory coursework
  • A "C" or better grade in all Practical Nursing (PN) degree requirements for acceptance and continuation in the program

Practical Nursing Clinical Sites

  • Armstrong Memorial Hospital
  • Concordia Lutheran Ministries
  • Independence Health System
  • Penn Highlands Health System
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital
  • Quality Life Services
  • Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • UPMC

Concordia Tuition Assistance Program:

Learn more about our new tuition assistance program with Concordia Lutheran Ministries.  Earn your BC3  Nursing degree debt-free and work for one of the top healthcare employers in the region!

Nursing, RN - Leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree 

Nursing, RN, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Application Opens:

August 1st, 2023 - General applicants for Fall 2024 consideration at Main Campus and BC3 @ Brockway.  Please visit bc3.edu/nursing-admission for details on the application process.

March 1st, 2024 - Advanced Standing applicants (LPN-RN or Transfer Nursing Student) at Main Campus and BC3 @ Brockway.

Application Deadline:

March 1st, 2024 - General applicants for Fall 2024 consideration at Main Campus and BC3 @ Brockway.

May 10th, 2024 - Advanced Standing applicants (LPN-RN or Transfer Nursing Student) at Main Campus and BC3 @ Brockway.

Notification:
Nursing, R.N. applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until seats at filled. Students will be notified of their decision via their MyBC3 student email address and should set-up and begin checking it immediately.

Special Admission Requirements:

  • 2.80 cumulative GPA minimum
  • Chemistry with a lab in the last 5 years at high school or college level passed with a "C" or better. (Suggested BC3 course: CHEM 100: Descriptive Chemistry)
  • Biology with a lab in the last 5 years at high school or college level passed with a "C" or better. (Suggested BC3 courses include: BIOL 101: Biology I, BIOL 116: Human Biology, or BIOL 131: Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • Successful completion of all developmental or preparatory coursework
  • A "C" or better grade in all Registered Nursing (RN) degree requirements for acceptance and continuation in the program
  • Advanced Standing Nursing, RN Applicants: LPNs ONLY - Must have a valid Pennsylvania Practical Nursing license with applicable work or clinical experience within one year of application
  • Advanced Standing Nursing, RN Transfer Applicants: from another Nursing Program ONLY - Coursework and clinical experience comparable to NURS 101: Nursing 1: Introduction to Nursing Care at BC3 passed with a "C" or better within one year of application.

Nursing, RN Clinical Sites

  • Armstrong Memorial Hospital
  • Concordia Lutheran Ministries
  • Independence Health System
  • Penn Highlands Health System
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital
  • Quality Life Services
  • Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • UPMC

 Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

 

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate in Applied Science Degree

Application Open:

January 1st, 2024 for Fall 2024 consideration.

Application Deadline:

July 31st, 2024 for Fall 2024 consideration. 

Special Admissions Requirements:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA minimum 
  • High school or college level Biology and Algebra
  • Successful completion of all required developmental or preparatory coursework
  • A "C" or better grade in all PTA degree requirements for acceptance and continuation in the program 

Note: Successful completion of BIOL 131: Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 132: Anatomy and Physiology II (if possible) are highly encouraged when making application. 

Physical Therapy Assistant Clinical Sites

Students must complete one outpatient, one inpatient, and one rehabilitation rotation.

  • AHN Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities
  • Concordia Lutheran Ministries (Rehabilitation & Home Care)
  • Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Harmarville & Sewickley
  • Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers - Butler (Outpatient)
  • Greater Pittsburgh Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Outpatient)
  • Independence Health System - Butler (Hospital & Outpatient)
  • Indiana Total Therapy, Human Motion Institute (Outpatient)
  • Jaime's Physical Therapy - Beaver (Outpatient)
  • Lawrence County Physical Therapy Institute (Outpatient)
  • NovaCare Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinics
  • OSPTA - Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (Outpatient)
  • Passavant Community (Rehabilitation)
  • Penn Highlands Healthcare
  • Pivot Physical Therapy (Outpatient)
  • Positive Steps (Pediatric Outpatient)
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital
  • Quality Life Services Chicora Medical Center (Rehabilitation)
  • Ranier Physical Therapy (Outpatient)
  • St. Barnabas - Arbors of Valencia
  • St. Clair Hospital
  • St. John Specialty Care Center (Rehabilitation)
  • Sunnyview Nursing & Rehab Center
  • UPMC Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, and Outpatient Facilities
  • Westarm Therapy Services (Outpatient)
  • Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind
  • Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Outpatient)

 Massage Therapy

 

Massage Therapy, Workplace Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree

Application Open:

January 1st, 2024 for Fall 2024 consideration.

Application Deadline:

July 31st, 2024 for Fall 2024 consideration. 

Special Admissions Requirements:

  • 2.50 cumulative GPA minimum
  • Biology with a lab in the last 10 years at high school or college level (Suggested BC3 courses include: BIOL 101: Biology I, BIOL 116: Human Biology, or BIOL 131: Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • Successful completion of all required developmental or preparatory coursework
  • A "C" or better grade in all Massage Therapy degree requirements for acceptance and continuation in the program

Note: Students who have completed BIOL 131: Anatomy & Physiology I with a “C” or higher will have priority consideration


Questions?

Individual questions can be directed to the Admissions Office or you can make a virtual/in-person appointment using our Microsoft Bookings page.