Department of Nursing


2015 NLN Test Information

2015 NLN Test Information

Jan. 16     1:30pm Venango campus

Testing at Venango campus will be in
311 Montgomery Hall
1801 West First Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Testing at Clarion campus will be in
166 Ralston Hall, Clarion, PA 16214

NLN Pre-Entrance Exam Letter


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.

Shelly MooreIf you cannot find the information you are looking for or have questions please contact the Department of Nursing.  We are happy to assist you in any way that we can.

Dr. Shelly Moore, PhD, RN, CNE
Chair & Nurse Administrator

Venango College of Clarion University
1801 West First Street
215 Montgomery Hall
Oil City, PA 16301
814-676-6591, Ext. 1258


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in November its expectation that registered nurses will experience greater job growth than any other occupation by 2018, with 581,500 jobs or a 22.2 percent increase.

Hospital setting

Choose Your Program

Venango College as an academic unit offers six nursing programs including

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 ASN, RN-BSN and MSN 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.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000


Associate of science in nursing
Deb Weaver


Deb Weaver
Venango campus
218 Montgomery Hall
814-676-6591, ext. 1250

The Clarion University of Pennsylvania Associate of Science in Nursing Program prepares technical nurses to exhibit integrity and ethical behavior, and to provide holistic patient centered care, with dignity and respect for diversity.   The two-year Associate of Science in Nursing Program provides educational experiences that promote Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and a Spirit of Inquiry. The program encourages students to aspire towards excellence and provides the graduate with a foundation for further education.  Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the national 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 to continue on in the RN-BSN program offered completely online.

"After a year of working on a Med/Surg unit in Pittsburgh, I decided to return to school for a bachelor's degree in nursing.  Two and a half years ago I accepted the job of my dreams working for a software company. Today, I write, teach and implement Patient Tracking software in hospitals across the United States, Canada and Europe. I still keep my skills up by working as a Nurse PRN for a facility close to my home in Pittsburgh when I am available. Venango College of Clarion University really changed my life. "

Brett Lovett RN MSN - 2006 ASN Graduate

ASN Students in sim lab


NLN Pre- Entrance Exam Letter
*must schedule at least 72 hours in advnace

ASN Fact Sheet

ASN Curriculum Plan 2013

ASN Curriculum Plan 2014

ASN Checksheet

Advanced Placement for LPNs

ASN Handbook




RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

"Fall 2014 was my first experience with online classes, Clarion, and the RN-BSN program. I was very anxious and uncertain at the beginning of the program but can honestly say I now feel empowered. I have learned so much and can actively participate in conversations about the costs of healthcare, the PPACA, and current practices that I never would have believed possible when this semester started. I truly believe the instructors want us, as a class, to succeed. I am now certain that I made the right decision in choosing this program and Clarion."

- Laura Ravotti (current student)


Patti Shontz
Venango campus (RN-BSN) 
218 Montgomery Hall
814-676-6591, ext. 1251

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.


RN-BSN Checksheet


RN-BSN Handbook

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4-year)


Lisa McNaughton
Clarion campus (BSN) 
148-A Ralston

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.

Nurse with child

BSN Admissions Requirements

BSN Curriculum Plan & Checksheet

BSN Factsheet

BSN Handbook




Master of science in Nursing

All graduates of the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program who have taken the accreditation exam have experienced a 100% pass-rate for the 3rd year in a row. - 12/14

Barb Peterson




  Barbara Peterson
  Pittsburgh Site



  • 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.

MSN Application Procedures & Materials


MSN Requirement Summary Form

MSN Student Handbook

MSN Program Information Sheet

 *Due to state authorization, only Pennsylvania residents can enroll in this program and must live within a two-hour radius of Clarion University sites in Clarion, Oil City and Pittsburgh.

DNP online


Dr. Colleen R. Bessetti-Barrett, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC | Assistant Professor

Department of Nursing
Edinboro University
Jeremy Brown Human Services Building 
215 Scotland Road Office #122
Edinboro, PA 16444
814.732.1643 (O) 
814-732-2536 (F) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Accepting applications until all seats are full.  Classes begin Summer 2015.
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:

  1. Master of Science in Nursing degree;
  2. National certification as an advanced practice nurse;
  3. Unencumbered, current license to practice as an advanced practice nurse in the state where internship hours will take place;
  4. Verification of a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours from the applicant's graduate program; and
  5. 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.


DNP Academic Program Map

DNP Checksheet

DNP Application Procedures

DNP Handbook

 Tuition and Fees:

     Tuition PA Resident          $590 per credit
     Technology Fee                  $24 per credit
     Instructional Support      $68 per credit
     Student Fee                        $50 per credit

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 StorgĂ©, Tharsos and TimĂ©  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.

Organizational Mission

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.

Society Vision

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: Pam Nicodemus

Treasurer: Angela West

Secretary: Cynthia Cornelius

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.



Last Updated 12/16/14