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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. 

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 Clarion University - Venango 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.

click here for Clarion University- Somerset ASN Information


important information

ASN Admissions Information
ASN Curriculum Plan
Curriculum Check Sheet
Advanced Placement for LPNs
ASN Handbook
ASN  Student Achievement Outcomes
Differences between ASN and BSN Programs


Pre-entrance exam information

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


Clarion University-Proctored Exams
Rate: $85
On-Campus at Venango & Remote
When: Fridays at 9am on the following dates, unless otherwise noted.

  • October 22
  • November 12
  • December 3
  • January 21
  • February 25
  • March 4
  • Tuesday, March 22 at 4 PM
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6


Remote Exams Proctored by ATI

Students may also choose to register for an exam proctored remotely by ATI. These are offered on a frequent basis to provide more testing opportunities for students.  



Associate of Science in Nursing questions

Casey McVay

Casey McVay
Assistant Director of Admissions
814 676 6591, ext. 1229 or 814 393 1229


accreditation information


The Associate of Science nursing program at Clarion University at the Venango Campus located in Oil City, Pennsylvania is 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 8/2/21