Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.
For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:
A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.
The Clarion University Pittsburgh Site is affiliated with and located in The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing at 4900 Friendship Avenue in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh site offers 30 college-level credits in courses required in West Penn’s School of Nursing two-year diploma program. While West Penn nursing students are working toward their diploma in nursing, they have an opportunity to concurrently earn an Associate of Science Degree in Allied Health (ASAH) from Clarion University by completing their general education course work through Clarion University.
The Department of Nursing offers curricula leading to the degrees of Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing. For full information concerning the Master of Science in Nursing program, refer to the Graduate Catalog, which can be obtained from the Graduate Office, Carrier Administration Building, Clarion University, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214-1232.
The Department of Nursing has an articulated program between the Associate of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. After completing the first two years, the student will have earned an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN). Upon completion of an additional four semesters, the student will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Academic Requirements in Nursing
The academic requirements of the university apply to all programs in the School of Nursing, and the student must earn a grade of B in each of the following nursing courses:
NURS 101, 102, 121, 201, 202, 203, 131, 133, 233, 234; and a grade of C in 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 355, 445, 457, 470, and 494.
A passing grade is required in all clinical courses: NURS 111, 112, 211, and 212.
All nursing students are graded P (passing) or F (failing) in each clinical practicum. The associate degree student is evaluated by four critical elements that must be met in order to receive a passing grade in the clinical area. An unsatisfactory grade in any nursing course is regarded as a failure in the program, and the student is withdrawn from nursing.
The transfer policy for A.S.N. students is consistent with that of Clarion University, however, nursing credits are transferable only if received from an accredited associate degree or bachelor’s degree program within the preceding two years and are determined to be equivalent to a Clarion
nursing course. If the individual has been out of a nursing program for more than two years, the NLN-Accelerated Credit Exam must be taken for transfer of credits. Diploma students who wish to transfer must take the challenge exams for transfer of nursing credits.
A student presently enrolled in a program at Clarion University may request admission into the Associate of Science in Nursing program by filling out a Change of Status Form and submitting it to the School of Nursing at Venango College.
A student must have the Change of Status Form completed and sent to the School of Nursing by December 15 to be considered for admission to the program in the next Fall class. Students wishing to transfer into the ASN program from another college major must have a minimum QPA of 2.5.
NLN pre-admission testing and information sessions will be scheduled for prospective students.
Students requesting intercollegiate transfer must meet the general admission requirements of the nursing program.