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Founders Hall - Somerset County Education Center
6022 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

PennWest Clarion – Somerset’s two-year, on-campus Associate of Science in Nursing program begins each fall. The priority deadline for applications is May 15 — apply now. Space is limited to 30 students and admissions will be made on a rolling basis until the fall class is filled.

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ASN Admissions Information
ASN Curriculum Plan
Curriculum Check Sheet
Advanced Placement for LPNs
ASN Handbook
ASN Student Achievement Outcomes
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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. It provides educational experiences that promote:

  • Human flourishing
  • Nursing judgment
  • Professional identity
  • A spirit of inquiry

Somerset Nursing studentGraduates 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. The curriculum in the two-year program offered in Somerset is high paced with hands-on clinical patient care experiences in the first semester. PennWest offers the core nursing classes and general education, while Penn Highlands Community College (also located in the Somerset County Education Center) offers additional general education and support courses. UPMC Somerset serves as the primary clinical training site and offers diverse clinical/hospital experiences arranged to cover a variety of nursing specialties including emergency room, operating room, home health and other nursing specialties such as medical-surgical and pediatrics.  

Graduates finish 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.


Pre-entrance exam information

The ATI TEAS exam is required for ASN admission consideration, and is offered on select dates at Venango and Somerset sites, and remotely on a student's personal computer. Pre-registration is required. See the ASN Admissions Information for more information on the exam and contact Admissions with any questions.

Applicants with a 3.25 cumulative GPA who meet the admission criteria may be considered for a TEAS exam waiver. Applications with ALL transcripts received will be automatically reviewed for this waiver.

On-site exams will be held at PennWest Clarion - Somerset at 9 a.m. on the following dates:

  • November 2 & 16
  • December 6 & 14
  • January 11
  • February 1, 8, 15 & 22
  • March 14 & 28
  • April 11 & 18
  • May 14, 21, & 28



We invite you to schedule a visit to Somerset or a virtual admissions appointment to learn about the degree program, admission requirements and process, and financial aid opportunities.

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Casey McVay

Casey Beightol
Associate Director of Admissions
814 676 6591, ext. 1229  OR  814 393 1229

Suzanne Funa
Management Tech, Somerset Campus
814 393 2734



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.


Molly Coughenour

"I am so excited to be close to home while earning a very honorable degree from PennWest Clarion. Starting my freshmen year at Clarion Campus majoring in Nutrition and Fitness really showed me how wonderful the university itself was. I was slowly realizing that nutrition is not what I wanted to do, so I started looking down the path to becoming a nurse. When I heard about an opportunity in nursing, close to home, and from Clarion, I was eager to find out more information. Clarion's nursing program has shown to be honorable and challenging, which made me eager to apply and take this opportunity. I am very excited for classes to start in the fall so I am one step closer to my nursing career!"


By offering courses for the ASN degree in Somerset, we're taking big steps to reach our students where it's convenient for them. Supporting the growth of the nursing industry is important to us, and we're not slowing down!

Last Updated 3/20/24