Department of Nursing


2015 NLN Test Information

March 25, 2015 (at Venango College)

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.

If 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.  Call 814-393-1251.
Shelly Moore

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.

Choose Your Program
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.Hospital setting

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 WeaverQuestions? 
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 tuition 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
 *Program application deadline is December 15th.  Applications will only be considered if seats are available after the deadline.

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

"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)

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Questions?
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.
Gain credit for what you already know

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
A maximum of 60 credits may be earned through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).  No more than 30 of the 60 credits may be earned after admission.  These examinations, administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, may be taken at the Venango Campus of Clarion University.  They are designed for adult learners and non-traditional students who have gained college-level knowledge through prior education or training.  The College-Level Examination Program includes five general examinations and approximately 31 subject examinations, which if successfully passed, will earn the student three credits per examination.  A list of the general and subject examinations, minimum acceptable scores, and credits available is published in the Clarion University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Catalog.

The faculty of the RN-BSN Program recognizes that some students enrolled in the program have had specific life experiences directly related to the nursing courses of the program. In accordance with the University's policy and procedure on granting academic credit, the following steps describe the procedure students would follow when requesting credit for life experience.
  • Review Clarion University's policy and procedure for Credit for Life Experience.
  • Obtain from the School of Nursing a course syllabus for each course you are seeking credit for life experience.
  • Complete the Credit for Life Experience Form (CLEF).
  • Attach to the form a detailed narrative documenting life experiences related to specific course work. Each objective of the course is to be addressed in the narrative.
  • Submit a portfolio of additional documentation which supports the life experience. Documentation may include but is not limited to a resume, certificates, grant proposals, project descriptions, brochures, pamphlets, and conference agendas.
  • Submit a hard copy of all of the above information to the School of Nursing. Packets may be mailed to the office, or hand delivered to either Venango campus or the Pittsburgh site. Credit for Life Experience will not be considered until the packet is complete.
  • Faculty and the Department Chair will review the packet and make a recommendation to the Director of the School of Health Sciences within 4 weeks of receiving the packet.
  • The final decision for Credit for Life Experience rests with the Director of the School of Health Sciences. Students will be notified of the decision of the Director within 2 weeks of receiving the recommendation of the faculty and Department Chair. Students may apply for a maximum of six (6) credits for life experience in nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4-year) Questions? 
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.|

*Program application deadline is December 15th.  Applications will only be considered if seats are available after the deadline.

Nurse with child


BSN Admissions Requirements
BSN Curriculum Plan & Checksheet

BSN Factsheet

BSN Handbook







 Master of science in NursingBest Online Programs

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

2015 U.S. News & World Reports Best Online Programs ranked the Clarion and Edinboro Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program among top programs for the third year in a row.

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  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, 2015 edition, ranked the Clarion and Edinboro Universities Master of Science in Nursing Program among top programs for the third 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


Laurie Cracolici
Field Internship Coordinator/DNP Assistant
Wiley Arts & Science Center, Suite 111
Edinboro, PA 16444
814.732.1343/Fax : 814.732.2534

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 3/26/15