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.
- Human flourishing
- Nursing judgment
- Professional identity
- A spirit of inquiry
Graduates 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 - 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.
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.
- Venango 2022-2023 TEAS Exam Dates
Select Fridays at 9 AM: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/27, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5
- Somerset 2022-2023 TEAS Exam Dates
Select Wednesdays at 9 AM: 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14
*Spring dates will be added in December for the Somerset site.
Associate of Science in Nursing questions
Associate Director of Admissions
814 676 6591, ext. 1229 or 814 393 1229
Accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
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.