Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

Associate of science in nursing Questions? 

Casey McVay
Clarion University - Venango
814 676 6591, ext. 1229 
OR 814-393-1229

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

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RNĀ®).  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 is high paced with hands-on clinical patient care experiences in the first semester. 

ASN Students in sim labYou 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.

NCLEX  pass rates:

2017 - 93.94 percent 

2016 - 100 percent 




Additional information 


What are the differences in the ASN and the BSN four-year program?


2017-2018 NLN Test Information

The NLN endorses and recommends the following study guides and practice tests
available through the NLN testing portal:

  • PAX Prep Verbal Exam
  • PAX Prep Science Exam
  • PAX Prep Math Exam

Each practice exam is $15.00, and provides 60 days access to:

  • PAX study strategies
  • Content-specific review guide
  • Practice questions


  • PAX Prep Bonus Verbal     
  • ExamPax Prep Bonus Science     
  • ExamPAX Prep Bonus Math Exam

Each bonus practice exam is $10, and provides 30 days access to a timed practice test

These resources can be accessed by logging into your NLN account through the NLN Exam Portal and selecting "Store" from the blue tabs at the top of the screen.

All testing is held in Montgomery Hall, Room 311 from 9:00am - 12:00pm, on the Venango campus.

Upcoming test Dates:

  • October 5, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • December 7, 2018
  • January 4, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • March 1, 2019
  • April 5, 2019
  • May 3, 2019

Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal

Last Updated 1/11/19