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

ASN Students in sim labGraduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN®).  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 and at the Somerset County Education Center is high paced with hands-on clinical patient care experiences in the first semester. 

You 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.


Associate of Science in Nursing questions

Casey McVay

Casey McVay
Assistant Director of Admissions
814 676 6591, ext. 1229 or 814 393 1229

Additional information 

ASN - Venango

ASN Venango Admissions Information
ASN Curriculum Plan
Curriculum Check Sheet
Advanced Placement for LPNs
ASN Handbook
ASN  Student Achievement Outcomes
Differences between ASN and BSN Programs

Pre-entrance exam information

The National League for Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam is required for ASN applicants, and is offered on select dates from October – May in Montgomery Hall, Room 311. Pre-registration is required.  We recommend testing in or prior to January, if possible, as the program fills on a rolling basis. 
Tentative dates for Fall 2021 Admission Pre-Entrance Exams:
  • Oct. 9, 23, 2020
  • Nov. 6, 2020
  • Jan. 22, 2021
  • Feb. 12 & 26, 2021
  • Mar. 12 & 26, 2021
  • Apr. 9 & 23, 2021
  • May 7, 2021

To register, create an account on the National League for Nursing website. Select Clarion University as your group, and register for the exam date of your choice.

The NLN endorses and recommends the following study guides and practice tests available by logging into your NLN account through the NLN Exam Portal and selecting "Store" from the blue tabs at the top of the screen.

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

Each practice exam is $19, and provides 60 days access to:

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


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

Each practice exam is $14, and provides one time access to a timed practice test.

Applicants who meet all admission requirements who also have a 3.8 cumulative GPA and an A in the biology pre-requisite may qualify for a pre-entrance exam waiver. If you feel you meet this criteria, please contact Casey McVay at 814-393-1229 to inquire.

ASN - Somerset

The Associate of Science in Nursing and both Bachelor of Science in Nursing program options (RN-BSN and traditional 4 year BSN) are accredited by:


3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

For detailed information about the accreditation status of these programs, please visit the ACEN accredited program website.

Last Updated 7/8/20