School of Nursing

St. Luke’s School of Nursing

St. Luke’s School of Nursing Celebrates 130 Years!

When St. Luke’s School of Nursing opened in 1884, it was the fourth school of nursing to be established. Today, St. Luke’s School of Nursing is the oldest nursing school in the United States and continues to educate the nurses of the future. Watch the School of Nursing video:

May 2016

These are the important dates for the class beginning in May 2016.


December 2017

First Deadline

October 1, 2015

Second Deadline

February 1, 2016

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

Notification to Applicants for the Class of 2017 Fall beginning in May of 2016 The PA State Board of Nursing has approved the School of Nursing’s plan to implement a revised nursing program. The program will change from five consecutive semesters of 14 weeks each to the same number of semesters but each with 15 weeks.  Calculation of credit equivalency is based on one credit of theory equal to 15 hours of theory and one credit of clinical equal to 45 hours of clinical. 

The resulting curriculum changes include the following:

The total nursing credits are reduced to 49 credits

  • The total hours of nursing are reduced to 435 hours

There are no changes to the following:

  • The clinical remain the same at 900 hours

  • The total general education prerequisites remain the same at 28 credits.

Pending approval by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the School of Nursing expects that students entering the program in May of 2016 will begin this revised curriculum.

If you have any questions regarding the revised curriculum, please contact, and the appropriate party will assist you.  

January 2017

These are the important dates for the class beginning in January 2017.


August 2018

First Deadline

June 1, 2016

Second Deadline

October 1, 2016

September 2017

These are the important dates for the class beginning in September 2017.


April 2019

First Deadline

February 1, 2017

Second Deadline

June 1, 2017

Note: All application materials must be received by the deadlines specified above.

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St. Luke's School of Nursing

The revised curriculum requires that students complete the prerequisite courses to be admitted to the Diploma Nursing Program. The Admissions Office will help you plan your prerequisite program. See an updated list of acceptable courses at local colleges.

The diploma program leads to licensure as a professional Registered Nurse (RN).  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania RNs earn an average annual salary of $65,000. The U.S. annual average salary for a full-time RN is $69,935.

St. Luke’s graduates are in high demand with most having secured graduate nursing positions before finishing the nursing program. Many are employed by the St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Visit us or see us in your area! Contact the Admissions Office today at 484-526-3443 to consult with an admissions representative to find out which college courses will easily transfer, and to discuss your best path to becoming a Registered Nurse.

About Our Program ...

There are 900 hours of clinical experiences in the diploma program. St. Luke’s University Health Network is the primary site for clinical practice where the diploma program has priority placement. Additional experience is provided at other local acute care, chronic care and community agencies. The use of a car or other reliable means of transportation is necessary.

The educational program extends over a period of 20 months. The curriculum is divided into five semesters. All semesters are 14 weeks long for a total of 70 weeks in the diploma program. Students obtain theoretical instruction and clinical experiences in six areas: gerontology, maternity, care of the child, medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing. Prerequisite courses in math, physical, biological and social sciences must be completed with C’s or better, a C- is not acceptable.