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Cultural and economic growth in Venango County will get a boost under a plan developed by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Pennsylvania Western University Clarion for the university’s Venango property.

Starting in fall 2024, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Associate of Science in Nursing will relocate to the Clarion campus. 

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About the asn program

The ASN program is designed to prepare technical nurses to provide client-centered care.  You will be trained to work within structured settings and with other members of the health care team. 

The two-year Associate of Science in Nursing Program provides educational experiences that promote:
  • Human flourishing
  • Nursing judgment
  • Professional identity
  • A spirit of inquiry

ASN Students in sim labGraduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN®).  Successful completion of the exam is required for entrance into nursing practice.  Students in the program enjoy the support of their peers as they take many of the same courses together.  The curriculum in the two-year program offered at PennWest Clarion and at the Somerset County Education Center is high paced with hands-on clinical patient care experiences in the first semester. 

You graduate in two years and enter the workforce as an RN upon successful completion of the NCLEX exam.  As a working RN, your employer may offer financial assistance for earning higher nursing degrees.  You can build on the ASN degree by earning the RN-BSN as the next step on your educational ladder.  Students seamlessly transition into the online RN-BSN program and all of the ASN credits transfer directly into the program.  In the RN-BSN program students can complete classes around work and family obligations while earning a living.

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important information

ASN Admissions Information
Advanced Placement for LPNs
ASN Curriculum Map


Pre-entrance exam information

The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is designed to specifically assess a students' preparedness entering the health science fields and is taken either on campus proctored by an in-person proctor or remote online with a remote proctoring service from ATI. Learn more about the exam details, registration, transcripts, and score, and how to prepare at See the ASN Admissions Information for more information.

Applicants with a 3.25 cumulative GPA who meet the admission criteria may be considered for a TEAS exam waiver.

Upcoming On-Campus TEAS Exam Dates:

  • Friday, February 23, at 9 AM (Venango Campus, Oil City, PA)
  • Friday, March 15, at Noon (Venango Campus, Oil City, PA)
  • Friday, March 29, at 9 AM (Venango Campus, Oil City, PA)
  • Friday, April 12, at 9 AM (PennWest Clarion, Clarion, PA)
  • Friday, April 26, at 9 AM (PennWest Clarion, Clarion, PA)
  • Friday, May 10, at 9 AM (PennWest Clarion, Clarion, PA)

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Associate of Science in Nursing questions

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accreditation information


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.

Last Updated 2/19/24