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Nursing provides many employment opportunities for a bright future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing is the nation's largest health profession with more than 3.8 million jobs nationwide. In fact, nurses are the largest single component of hospital staffs.

Our degree ladder approach allows you to start and/or continue your nursing career from the associate degree level through the doctorate level. The nursing faculty consists of experienced educators with expertise in many nursing specialties and share those experiences with you in the classroom.

PennWest Clarion now offers the Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate, which can serve as an appropriate complement to any nursing degree and enhance a student's job prospects upon graduation. The Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate aims to address the growing opioid epidemic.  

If you cannot find the information you are looking for or have questions please contact the Department of Nursing.  We are happy to assist you in any way that we can at 814 393 1252.

NICOLE EVANICK, RN, phd, mba, cne, faacm
Chair/Nurse Administrator
department of nursing

1801 West First Street
220 Montgomery Hall
Oil City, PA 16301
814 676 6591, Ext. 1258


PennWest University, including Clarion, California, and Edinboro campuses, will submit a self-study and host a site visit for our accrediting body, CCNE. The site visit will be on March 29-31, 2023.  This serves as formal notification of the upcoming visit and provides an opportunity for third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation.  

CCNE must receive written third-party comments regarding programs by no later than 21 days prior (March 1, 2023) to the first day of the scheduled on-site evaluation. CCNE accepts only signed comments. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team before the visit, but these comments are not shared with the program at any time during the review process. During its program review, the evaluation team considers third-party comments related to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on the Conduct of Business.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN website.

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Nursing honorary earns excellence award

PennWest Clarion's Mu XI Chapter of Sigma Global Nursing Excellence, the international honor society of nursing, has earned the Showcase of Regional Excellence Award.

The award is designed to recognize the good work of chapters in relation to Sigma's presidential call to action in the area of "collaborate." The Collaborate Award signifies a professional service project that Mu XI completed last year. The chapter, in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, state senate and state representatives, and the Clarion community, presented a conference, "Communities in Crisis: PA'S Opioid Epidemic."

This award also notes the achievement of one of the Sustainable Development Goals of Global Good Health and Well-Being.


Zemaitis recognized with a Cameos of Caring Award

Dr. Mary Lou Zemaitis, assistant professor of nursing at PennWest Clarion's Pittsburgh site, was recognized for excellence in the Nurse Educator Category of University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing's Cameos of Caring Awards.

The awards, which honor the exceptional work of bedside nurses working at acute care hospitals, were presented at a Nov. 2 gala at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.

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Last Updated 8/14/23