Founded in 1958, Alvernia University is a private Franciscan Roman Catholic institution located in Reading, Pennsylvania. Previously it was known as Alvernia College; later on, in 2008, it received its university status and adopted its present name. As the university follows the pathway of Franciscan values it prepares life-long learners having ethical standards and moral courage. Alvernia has its accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and its programs are also holding accreditation with many government bodies. The university offers its bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees in the domains of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary studies, occupational therapy, business administration, nursing, education, and liberal studies. It also offers a seven-year doctorate program in Physical Therapy. To earn a degree from Alvernia University is still a dream for many.