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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admission to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

What majors are offered within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences?

• Nursing*
• Health Sciences
• Health Policy & Management (an existing program at PC now housed within SNHS)

*PC is currently in the process of seeking approval from the State of Rhode Island for the B.S. in Nursing program. The college anticipates receiving this approval in the fall of 2022 with the first class of students enrolling in fall 2023 and classes beginning then.

When is the application deadline?

November 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action, and January 15 for Early Decision II/Regular Decision.

I checked the Common Application and do not see Nursing as a choice for my academic major. What should I do?

We are unable to accept admission applications for our Nursing program until we have received approval from the State of Rhode Island. As soon as that approval is obtained (anticipated fall 2022) then the option to apply as a nursing major will be added to the Common App. If you are interested in applying as a Nursing major, do not submit your application prior to the option becoming available. All students who have started a Common Application or with an interest in nursing will be notified that the nursing option is available once necessary approvals are granted.

Can I apply to the Health Sciences or Health Policy & Management programs right now?

Yes, you are able to choose them within the Common Application and submit your application.

What are the admission criteria for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences?
All students at Providence College are reviewed holistically, but due to the nature of these programs, a more thorough review will occur for students applying to the Health Sciences and Nursing programs.

Do you require any testing for admission to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences?

Providence College is test-optional for all programs and schools, including those within SNHS.

How many students will be in the inaugural class of health sciences and nursing students?

  • Health Sciences: 50 students
  • Nursing: 50 students

If I am not admitted to the Nursing major, can I transfer into the program later?

Admission to the nursing program is expected to be highly competitive. If you are not admitted to the BSN program, you will not have the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree as an undergraduate student at Providence College.

If I’m admitted to Providence College as an undeclared major, can I change my major to nursing?

No. Due to the limited number of spaces in the BSN program, students admitted to Providence College as undeclared majors cannot switch into the nursing program.

If I have not declared a Health Sciences or Health Policy & Management major at the time of admission, can I transfer into those programs later?

Yes. Those programs will follow the existing College policy regarding a student changing their major and accept new students looking to change their major or transfer into Providence College.

What if I have more questions regarding the admission process for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences?

Please contact the Office of Admission with any additional questions you may have. More comprehensive information regarding our admission review process for students interested in the nursing program within the SNHS will be available once we have been granted approval for the program by the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education in fall 2022.

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