Department of Nursing
Nursing provides many employment opportunities. Our nursing programs provide the opportunity to start and/or continue your nursing career. The nursing faculty consists of experienced educators with expertise in many nursing specialties.
Choose Your Program
Venango College as an academic unit offers six nursing programs including
- Associate of Science in Nursing (Venango campus)
- RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Clarion campus)
- Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
- and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Online)
The Clarion and Edinboro universities Master of Science in Nursing degree program offers a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner. The didactic coursework is online; focused clinical and internship experiences are offered in local health care and educational agencies. Students must live within a two-hour drive of Edinboro University or Clarion University's Clarion, Venango or Pittsburgh campuses.
Post-Master's Certificate Programs
For individuals already holding a master's degree in nursing, options include a post-master's certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), or a second master's degree in the FNP concentration.
34 credits post-masters to DNP completion
The DNP program is a collaborative program that is designed to be a completion program to the jointly offered Clarion and Edinboro Universities' Master of Science in Nursing degree. In 2015 the DNP becomes the preferred credential for nurse practitioners. The NEW Clarion and Edinboro Universities' DNP Program offers specialty electives in advanced clinical practice and clinical nursing education. The program is designed to be flexible, affordable, and professionally rewarding.
Venango College's nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Upon achieving Candidacy Status (upon graduation of the first BSN and DNP classes), the department plans to pursue ACEN accreditation for these two new programs as well.
The Associate of Science in Nursing 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 program provides educational experiences to promote scientific inquiry, creative thinking, critical judgment and self-evaluation.
The two-year associate degree provides the graduate with a foundation for further study at the baccalaureate level. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse.
Upon successful completion of the licensure exam, students can begin working as a registered nurse. Most of the ASN graduates obtain employment and continue in the online RN-BSN program around work and family obligations and are able to secure financial assistance through tuitition reimbursement through their employers.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree builds upon the knowledge of registered nurses and continues their education online. The program aims to provide educational experiences designed to promote scientific inquiry, creative thinking, critical judgment and personal development.
Clarion University's RN-BSN program integrates liberal arts with career education. This establishes the basis for a variety of BSN learning activities that focus on professional nursing practice.
In addition, the RN-BSN program at Clarion University provides a foundation for graduate education at the master's and doctoral levels. Clarion University accepts transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities.
The RN-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The new traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is innovative
in its approach to nursing education. Unlike many nursing programs, students in Clarion's
BSN program will participate in nursing courses and be introduced to research and
critical thinking beginning in the first semester. Several high-impact educational
practices such as clinical experiences, nursing courses, collaborative assignments,
undergraduate research and a capstone project are incorporated throughout the curriculum.
The program utilizes a highly successful clinical immersion model in which several instructional methods are used to support lectures and discussions. Simulation laboratories, volunteer experiences in health care agencies, and creative, hands-on experiences such as live standardized patient labs and research studies are in place throughout the freshman through junior years as components of clinical learning to support senior-level clinical preparation.
In the senior year students will be immersed in clinical practice and will complete five clinical specialty rotations, after which they will participate in a clinical preceptorship. Capstone courses are offered in the final two semesters of the program and will result in a completed research project.
- Accessibility. With the exception of clinical experiences, internships and select skill labs, course work is delivered in an online format that is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Affordability. Tuition is competitive as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
- Responsiveness. Program graduates meet regional health care needs by providing primary care in rural and medically underserved communities.
- Quality. The U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Program Rankings, 2014 edition, ranked the Clarion and Edinboro Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program among top programs for the second year in a row.
- Success. Pass rate on FNP certifying exams was 100%. In addition, graduates are in high demand by employers and many have continued their educations at the doctoral level.
Note: Students who are not enrolled in the program but take individual classes that are included in the curriculum are subject to course surcharges.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1ST
34 credits post-masters to DNP completion
The DNP is designed to build on the MSN-FNP degree. Applications will be open to any MSN-prepared advanced practice nurse (NP, CNS, CRNA, or CNM) who meets admission requirements:
- Master of Science in Nursing degree;
- National certification as an advanced practice nurse;
- Unencumbered, current license to practice as an advanced practice nurse in the state where internship hours will take place;
- Verification of a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours from the applicant's graduate program; and
- Graduate GPA > 3.25.
The Clarion and Edinboro Universities' DNP Program is a 34-credit program that offers specialty electives in advanced clinical practice and clinical nursing education. Courses can be taken part-time over 6 semesters in an online format. Students will be admitted in cohorts of 27 and begin courses in the summer. The program is designed to be flexible, affordable, and professionally rewarding. The online, part-time structure accommodates employment as an advanced practice nurse while pursuing the DNP, thus easing the financial burden.
Mu Xi - The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
In 1922 six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind, U.S.A. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos and Timé meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." The honor society became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world's people.
Mu Xi Officers
President: Laurie Pierce
Vice President: Seeking Nominations
Treasurer: Angela West
Secretary: Seeking Nominations
Counselor: Nancy Falvo
Officer, chair, and committee member positions are immediately available to anyone who is interested. Please contact one of the officers listed above for more information.