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List of Direct Entry from High School BSN Nursing Programs

CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
Last updated 2011. People are welcome to post updated info, to add to, subtract, or clarify this list. Note - Some colleges have very limited direct entry admission (such as for their honors college), but most students are admitted in a competitive program in their second year.

You will note that the NE quadrant of the US has the highest concentration of direct entry nursing programs.

Samford University (AL)
Dominican University (CA)
University of California-LA (CA)
University of California-Irvine (CA)
University of San Francisco (CA)
Fairfield University (CT)
Quinnipiac University (CT)
Sacred Heart University (CT)
University of Connecticut (CT)
University of Delaware (DE)
Widener University (DE)
Catholic University (DC)
Georgetown University (DC)
Howard University (DC)
University of Miami (FL)
Coe College (IA)
Mount Mercy College (IA)
Bradley University (IL)
Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)
Loyola University Chicago (IL)
Millikin University (IL)
Purdue University (IN)
Husson University (ME)
University of Maine (ME)
Boston College (MA)
Curry College (MA)
Endicott College (MA)
Northeastern University (MA)
Simmons College (MA)
University of Massachusetts (MA)
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (MA)
College of Notre Dame of Maryland (MD)
Stevenson University (MD)
University of Detroit Mercy (MI)
University of Michigan (MI)
St. Louis University (MO)
Truman State University (MO)
St. Anselm College (NH)
University of New Hampshire (NH)
The College of New Jersey (NJ)
Rutgers University (NJ)
Seton Hall University (NJ)
D'Youville College (NY)
Elmira College (NY)
Hartwick College (NY)
Le Moyne College (NY)
New York University (NY)
Pace University (NY)
SUNY Binghamton (NY)
Case Western Reserve University (OH)
Capital University (OH)
Ohio State University (if honors student) (OH)
Otterbein College (OH)
Xavier University (OH)
University of Portland (OR)
Alvernia University (PA)
Bloomsburg University (PA)
Carlow University (PA)
DeSales University (PA)
Drexel University (PA)
Dusquesne University (PA)
East Stroudsburg University (PA)
Gannon University (PA)
Holy Name University (PA)
Indiana University of PA (PA)
LaSalle University (PA)
Moravian College (PA)
Neumann University (PA)
Penn State University (PA)
Temple University (PA)
University of Pennsylvania (PA)
University of Pittsburgh (PA)
University of Scranton (PA)
Villanova University (PA)
Waynesburg University (PA)
Wilkes University (PA)
York College (PA)
University of Rhode Island (RI)
Clemson University (SC)
Belmont University (TN)
Marymount University (VA)
University of Virginia (VA)
Norwich University (VT)
University of Vermont (VT)
Pacific Lutheran University (WA)
Seattle University (WA)
West Virginia University (WV)
Marquette University (WI)
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    My mistake, there was a list updated 3./2017 on this website.

    Adelphi NY
    Augustana College SD
    Alvernia University PA
    Arizona State University AZ
    Avila University MO
    Belmont University TN
    Bloomsburg University PA
    Boston College MA
    Bradley University IL
    California State University Fullerton CA
    Capital University OH
    Carlow University PA
    Carroll University WI - Ck min requirements
    Case Western Reserve University OH
    Clarion University PA
    Clemson University SC
    Creighton University NE
    Curry College MA
    Davenport University MI
    D'Youville College NY
    DeSales University PA
    Drexel University PA
    Dusquesne University PA
    East Stroudsburg University PA
    Edinboro University PA
    Elmira College NY
    Endicott College MA
    Fairfield University CT
    Florida Southern College FL
    Gannon University PA
    Georgetown University DC
    Grand Valley State University (Limitied Admission - 4 freshmen) MI
    Hartwick College NY
    Holy Family University PA
    Hood College MD
    Husson University ME
    Illinois State University IL
    Illinois Wesleyan University IL
    Indiana University of PA PA
    Jacksonville University FL
    LaSalle University PA
    Le Moyne College NY
    Longwood University VA
    Loyola University Chicago IL
    Luther IA
    Marquette University WI
    Marshall University WV
    Marymount University VA
    Maryville University St. Louis MO
    MCPHS - Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences MA
    Millikin University IL
    Milwaukee School of Engineering WI
    Misericordia University, PA
    Molloy College NY
    Monmouth University, NJ
    Moravian College PA
    Mount Mercy College IA
    Neumann University PA
    Niagra University NY
    New York University NY
    Northeastern University MA
    Norwich University VT
    Oakland University MI
    Ohio Northern University OH
    Ohio State University (if honors student) OH
    Old Dominion University (VA) - Guaranteed Admission, ck min requirements
    Otterbein University OH
    Pace University NY ( Westchester Campus only)
    Pacific Lutheran University WA
    Penn State University PA
    Pennsylvania College of Technology PA
    Purdue University IN
    Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
    Quinnipiac University CT
    Regis College MA
    Robert Morris University (Moon Township) PA
    Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
    Rockford University, IL
    Rutgers University (only 40/130 direct) NJ
    Sacred Heart University CT
    Salve Regina University RI
    Samford University AL
    San Diego State University CA
    Seattle University WA
    Seton Hall University NJ
    Shenandoah University (VA)
    Simmons College MA
    St. Anselm College NH
    St. Francis University PA
    St. Louis University MO
    Stevenson University MD
    SUNY Binghamton NY
    SUNY Plattsburgh NY
    Temple University PA
    Texas Christian University TX
    The College of New Jersey NJ
    Truman State University MO
    University of Alabama at Birmingham AL
    University of California-Irvine CA
    University of California-Los Angeles CA
    University of Cincinnati (OH) - ck min requirements
    University of Connecticut CT
    University of Delaware DE
    University of Detroit Mercy MI
    University of Evansville IN
    University of the Incarnate Word TX - ck min requirements
    University of Iowa IA
    University of Maine ME
    University of Massachusetts – Amherst MA
    University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth MA
    University of Massachusetts - Lowell
    University of Miami FL
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor MI
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities MN
    University of Mississippi (Limited Freshman Early Entry Otherwise 2+2) MS
    University of New Hampshire NH
    University of Pennsylvania PA
    University of Pittsburgh PA
    University of Portland OR
    University of Rhode Island RI
    University of San Francisco CA
    University of Scranton PA
    University of Texas - Austin TX
    University of Tennessee Knoxville TN
    University of Vermont VT
    University of Virginia VA
    Valparaiso University IN
    Villanova University PA
    Virginia Commonwealth University VA - (if apply to their Guaranteed Admission by Nov, otherwise it is Pre-Nursing)
    Waynesburg University PA
    West Chester University, PA
    Westfield State University MA
    West Virginia University WV
    Wheeling Jesuit University WV
    Widener University PA
    Wilkes University PA
    Worcester State University MA
    Xavier University OH
    York College PA
    Youngstown State University OH
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  • LaurelinkcLaurelinkc 1 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    We are doing college tours now and have found that Wichita State and Emporia State, both public universities in KS have direct entry or guaranteed admissions programs.
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  • MomOf3DDsMomOf3DDs 181 replies7 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Added Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutgers Camden, Ramapo, and Montclair State University, all in NJ


    Adelphi NY
    Augustana College SD
    Alvernia University PA
    Arizona State University AZ
    Avila University MO
    Belmont University TN
    Bloomsburg University PA
    Boston College MA
    Bradley University IL
    California State University Fullerton CA
    Capital University OH
    Carlow University PA
    Carroll University WI - Ck min requirements
    Case Western Reserve University OH
    Clarion University PA
    Clemson University SC
    Creighton University NE
    Curry College MA
    Davenport University MI
    D'Youville College NY
    DeSales University PA
    Drexel University PA
    Dusquesne University PA
    East Stroudsburg University PA
    Edinboro University PA
    Elmira College NY
    Endicott College MA
    Fairfield University CT
    Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ (both Teaneck and Florham campuses)
    Florida Southern College FL
    Gannon University PA
    Georgetown University DC
    Grand Valley State University (Limitied Admission - 4 freshmen) MI
    Hartwick College NY
    Holy Family University PA
    Hood College MD
    Husson University ME
    Illinois State University IL
    Illinois Wesleyan University IL
    Indiana University of PA PA
    Jacksonville University FL
    LaSalle University PA
    Le Moyne College NY
    Longwood University VA
    Loyola University Chicago IL
    Luther IA
    Marquette University WI
    Marshall University WV
    Marymount University VA
    Maryville University St. Louis MO
    MCPHS - Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences MA
    Millikin University IL
    Milwaukee School of Engineering WI
    Misericordia University, PA
    Molloy College NY
    Monmouth University, NJ
    Montclair State University NJ
    Moravian College PA
    Mount Mercy College IA
    Neumann University PA
    Niagra University NY
    New York University NY
    Northeastern University MA
    Norwich University VT
    Oakland University MI
    Ohio Northern University OH
    Ohio State University (if honors student) OH
    Old Dominion University (VA) - Guaranteed Admission, ck min requirements
    Otterbein University OH
    Pace University NY ( Westchester Campus only)
    Pacific Lutheran University WA
    Penn State University PA
    Pennsylvania College of Technology PA
    Purdue University IN
    Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
    Quinnipiac University CT
    Ramapo College NJ
    Regis College MA
    Robert Morris University (Moon Township) PA
    Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
    Rockford University, IL
    Rutgers University Camden NJ
    Rutgers University New Brunswick (only 40/130 direct) NJ
    Sacred Heart University CT
    Salve Regina University RI
    Samford University AL
    San Diego State University CA
    Seattle University WA
    Seton Hall University NJ
    Shenandoah University (VA)
    Simmons College MA
    St. Anselm College NH
    St. Francis University PA
    St. Louis University MO
    Stevenson University MD
    SUNY Binghamton NY
    SUNY Plattsburgh NY
    Temple University PA
    Texas Christian University TX
    The College of New Jersey NJ
    Truman State University MO
    University of Alabama at Birmingham AL
    University of California-Irvine CA
    University of California-Los Angeles CA
    University of Cincinnati (OH) - ck min requirements
    University of Connecticut CT
    University of Delaware DE
    University of Detroit Mercy MI
    University of Evansville IN
    University of the Incarnate Word TX - ck min requirements
    University of Iowa IA
    University of Maine ME
    University of Massachusetts – Amherst MA
    University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth MA
    University of Massachusetts - Lowell
    University of Miami FL
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor MI
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities MN
    University of Mississippi (Limited Freshman Early Entry Otherwise 2+2) MS
    University of New Hampshire NH
    University of Pennsylvania PA
    University of Pittsburgh PA
    University of Portland OR
    University of Rhode Island RI
    University of San Francisco CA
    University of Scranton PA
    University of Texas - Austin TX
    University of Tennessee Knoxville TN
    University of Vermont VT
    University of Virginia VA
    Valparaiso University IN
    Villanova University PA
    Virginia Commonwealth University VA - (if apply to their Guaranteed Admission by Nov, otherwise it is Pre-Nursing)
    Waynesburg University PA
    West Chester University, PA
    Westfield State University MA
    West Virginia University WV
    Wheeling Jesuit University WV
    Widener University PA
    Wilkes University PA
    Worcester State University MA
    Xavier University OH
    York College PA
    Youngstown State University OH
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  • bearcatfanbearcatfan 1142 replies12 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I caution everyone to doublecheck these schools as they look into them. A couple in Ohio listed as direct admit are NOT direct admit (we just went through this process) or say they are but you don't find out at admission.

    Ohio State is NOT direct admit.

    Youngstown State says it is direct admit, but you do not find out until orientation. They must have changed this recently because I know several people already at the school who said this was not their experience, but over the summer I spoke with both admissions and a nursing school advisor and they both said the students "apply" for direct admission upon orientation. That might be a formality, but it is still, to me, a strange definition of direct admit.

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  • RolloutRollout 329 replies10 postsRegistered User Member
    The information on Grand Valley is not correct (Limitied Admission - 4 freshmen). It should say "ck min requirements" because as long as you hit those marks you are in. Also Michigan State University is the same. Direct Admit if you meet certain academic requirements "ck min requirements"
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  • Banker1Banker1 773 replies15 postsRegistered User Member
    Somehow we thought Ohio State was direct entry.
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  • Flo123Flo123 119 replies6 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Banker1 I believe that if you are admitted to the honors college at the Ohio State, you get direct entry to nursing. All others apply after freshman year.
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  • Banker1Banker1 773 replies15 postsRegistered User Member
    During our campus visit to OSU we have confirmed that Ohio State is no longer direct entry for Nursing even for Honors students. It may be removed from this list.
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  • azparent18azparent18 10 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    From this list, what colleges/universities give the most merit aid?
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  • Banker1Banker1 773 replies15 postsRegistered User Member
    USF offered D $25k/year but cost of attendance is $60k/yr or higher. It will take some research to determine which offers the best value for you or your student. Many school websites show merit scholarships for a given ACT/SAT and GPA. Some folks are posting what they've received for merit across their acceptances. Check the Nursing Admissions Forum here too.
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 2018
    It is common for private colleges to offer 50% off of tuition merit aid to their top applicants. Those offers are made to the top of ALL of their applicants, not their top nursing applicants. Very few colleges offer more than a couple full tuition scholarships.

    If you want merit aid, you need to apply to colleges that are at least one tier below where you might otherwise aim.

    The most competitive universities typically emphasize need based aid, and give little merit aid.
    edited March 2018
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  • azparent18azparent18 10 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for the info. We are making our college selections based on this direct entry list. My D also wants to play soccer in college so we are leaning towards schools where she can balance a nursing program plus soccer. D is aware that playing soccer all 4 years might not be feasible so she needs to choose the school based on academics and merit aid.
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 2018
    Azparent: My daughter played a varsity sport for her first 2 years. After that, the traveling, games and practices caused too much conflict with her clinicals and other academic workload. A couple of the clinicals were an hour away or involved odd hours. She knew in advance that she would only be able to play the sport for two years. It worked out well, because by the end of the second year, she was tired of the time commitment of the team, and had developed other interests, including a sorority. She was also at a Division III college, so there were no athletic scholarships involved.

    The coach told her that if she wanted to come back on the team later, she could, but she never did.

    Please read the fine print for each college, regarding whether they are really direct entry for all students. Some are only direct entry for honors college students, or have other limitations. Some have a two step process for nursing admissions.

    edited March 2018
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  • Banker1Banker1 773 replies15 postsRegistered User Member
    I would also caution that University of Tennessee Knoxville road map and progression requirements make this feel like a 2+2 program instead of direct entry. The first two years the students are taking prerequisites for the program. So nursing students register for general classes along with non-nursing students. Students are NOT guaranteed registration for any of their classes and freshmen are the lowest priority. Nursing specific activities don't begin until junior year. Provided the student has been able to register for and complete all their prerequisite courses and they've maintained an overall 3.2 GPA then their Nursing spot is waiting for them. "It's the student's spot to lose." If not then it's open to transfer students or students switching majors.
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  • SCmom2018SCmom2018 1 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    edited June 2018
    Queens University in NC is very generous with aid. They are D2. Women's Soccer program is generous with money also.
    edited June 2018
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Most people know this, but NCAA Division 3 colleges are FORBIDDEN from offering any athletic scholarships. Most colleges are Division 3, especially smaller ones. The division 3 colleges also are supposed to review their need and merit based aid to make sure that athletes are not getting more than their fair share.
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  • MAPAoneMAPAone 38 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Added: Univ of New England, Fitchburg State Univ
    Removed: Univ of Rhode Island (https://web.uri.edu/nursing/academics/undergraduate-faq/)

    Adelphi NY
    Augustana College SD
    Alvernia University PA
    Arizona State University AZ
    Avila University MO
    Belmont University TN
    Bloomsburg University PA
    Boston College MA
    Bradley University IL
    California State University Fullerton CA
    Capital University OH
    Carlow University PA
    Carroll University WI - Ck min requirements
    Case Western Reserve University OH
    Clarion University PA
    Clemson University SC
    Creighton University NE
    Curry College MA
    Davenport University MI
    D'Youville College NY
    DeSales University PA
    Drexel University PA
    Dusquesne University PA
    East Stroudsburg University PA
    Edinboro University PA
    Elmira College NY
    Endicott College MA
    Fairfield University CT
    Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ (both Teaneck and Florham campuses)
    Fitchburg State University MA
    Florida Southern College FL
    Gannon University PA
    Georgetown University DC
    Grand Valley State University (Limitied Admission - 4 freshmen) MI
    Hartwick College NY
    Holy Family University PA
    Hood College MD
    Husson University ME
    Illinois State University IL
    Illinois Wesleyan University IL
    Indiana University of PA PA
    Jacksonville University FL
    LaSalle University PA
    Le Moyne College NY
    Longwood University VA
    Loyola University Chicago IL
    Luther IA
    Marquette University WI
    Marshall University WV
    Marymount University VA
    Maryville University St. Louis MO
    MCPHS - Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences MA
    Millikin University IL
    Milwaukee School of Engineering WI
    Misericordia University, PA
    Molloy College NY
    Monmouth University, NJ
    Montclair State University NJ
    Moravian College PA
    Mount Mercy College IA
    Neumann University PA
    Niagra University NY
    New York University NY
    Northeastern University MA
    Norwich University VT
    Oakland University MI
    Ohio Northern University OH
    Ohio State University (if honors student) OH
    Old Dominion University (VA) - Guaranteed Admission, ck min requirements
    Otterbein University OH
    Pace University NY ( Westchester Campus only)
    Pacific Lutheran University WA
    Penn State University PA
    Pennsylvania College of Technology PA
    Purdue University IN
    Queens University of Charlotte (NC)
    Quinnipiac University CT
    Ramapo College NJ
    Regis College MA
    Robert Morris University (Moon Township) PA
    Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
    Rockford University, IL
    Rutgers University Camden NJ
    Rutgers University New Brunswick (only 40/130 direct) NJ
    Sacred Heart University CT
    Salve Regina University RI
    Samford University AL
    San Diego State University CA
    Seattle University WA
    Seton Hall University NJ
    Shenandoah University (VA)
    Simmons College MA
    St. Anselm College NH
    St. Francis University PA
    St. Louis University MO
    Stevenson University MD
    SUNY Binghamton NY
    SUNY Plattsburgh NY
    Temple University PA
    Texas Christian University TX
    The College of New Jersey NJ
    Truman State University MO
    University of Alabama at Birmingham AL
    University of California-Irvine CA
    University of California-Los Angeles CA
    University of Cincinnati (OH) - ck min requirements
    University of Connecticut CT
    University of Delaware DE
    University of Detroit Mercy MI
    University of Evansville IN
    University of the Incarnate Word TX - ck min requirements
    University of Iowa IA
    University of Maine ME
    University of Massachusetts – Amherst MA
    University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth MA
    University of Massachusetts - Lowell
    University of Miami FL
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor MI
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities MN
    University of Mississippi (Limited Freshman Early Entry Otherwise 2+2) MS
    University of New England ME
    University of New Hampshire NH
    University of Pennsylvania PA
    University of Pittsburgh PA
    University of Portland OR
    University of San Francisco CA
    University of Scranton PA
    University of Texas - Austin TX
    University of Tennessee Knoxville TN
    University of Vermont VT
    University of Virginia VA
    Valparaiso University IN
    Villanova University PA
    Virginia Commonwealth University VA - (if apply to their Guaranteed Admission by Nov, otherwise it is Pre-Nursing)
    Waynesburg University PA
    West Chester University, PA
    Westfield State University MA
    West Virginia University WV
    Wheeling Jesuit University WV
    Widener University PA
    Wilkes University PA
    Worcester State University MA
    Xavier University OH
    York College PA
    Youngstown State University OH
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  • MAPAoneMAPAone 38 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    More info below from URI, for those interested (https://web.uri.edu/catalog/nursing/). I found it interesting (and discouraging) that many nursing schools bury these details deep within their academic catalogs.

    Admission Requirements:
    There are three routes of admission to the college’s baccalaureate program:

    1) Freshmen Students with no previous college study are admitted to University College for Academic Success with a major in nursing. After completion of the pre-requisite courses (BIO 220, 221, 222, 223, CHM 103, 124, NUR 100, WRT 104 or 106) with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course and 3.00 overall grade point average, students will be considered for transfer into the College of Nursing and the clinical course sequence. Seats are limited and competitively granted based on GPA. Please see the College of Nursing’s Academic Policies for a full description of the entry process: uri.edu/nursing.

    2 & 3) Transfer students & RN-to-BS Options
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  • MAPAoneMAPAone 38 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    As an aside, the academic catalogs are also great resources for progression requirements through the direct-entry programs as well: HESI subject exam scores, class grades, class final exam grades, cumulative GPA, GPA in nursing classes, entry math exam scores, math tests during clinicals, medical medication math exams/class scores, etc. - Phew!
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  • CharlieschCharliesch 2044 replies70 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited November 2018
    https://www.nursing.psu.edu/undergrad/admission/

    Penn State now has direct entry BSN programs at 5 branch campuses, in addition to the main campus. The branch campuses also accept transfers from other colleges, while the main campus program (which is very selective) does not. The Altoona campus is near a major hospital and is not that far from State College, for students who want to participate in activities at the main campus.

    Similarly, Pitt has a direct entry BSN program at its Greensburg campus. It also accepts transfers, and is less competitive than the main campus program.

    Seton Hall Univ. in NJ is working on a BSN program that they hope to open for the 2019-2020 year.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2018/06/28/seton-hill-expanding-health-sciences-programs.html
    edited November 2018
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