Clarion University – Somerset’s two-year, on-campus Associate of Science in Nursing program begins each fall. The priority deadline for applications is May 15 — apply now. Space is limited to 30 students and admissions will be made on a rolling basis until the fall class is filled. The program is located at the Somerset County Education Center, Founders Hall at 6022 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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-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 in Somerset is high paced with hands-on clinical patient care experiences in the first semester. Clarion University offers the core nursing classes and general education, while Penn Highlands Community College (also located in the Somerset County Education Center) offers additional general education and support courses. Somerset Hospital serves as the primary clinical training site and offers diverse clinical/hospital experiences arranged to cover a variety of nursing specialties including emergency room, operating room, home health and other nursing specialties such as medical-surgical and pediatrics.
Graduates finish 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.
Pre-entrance exam information
**Registration for the ATI TEAS exam is not yet available. Please check back for updates or reach out to us.**
The ATI TEAS exam is required for ASN admission consideration, and is offered on select dates at Venango and Somerset campuses, and remotely on a student's personal computer at their convenience. Pre-registration is required. Due to the pandemic, on-campus exams are listed on a month-to-month basis. If you wish to test on site, but do not see a date that works well for you, please reach out to Admissions. See the ASN Admissions Information link above for more information on the exam and contact Admissions with any questions.
Assistant Director of Admissions
814 676 6591, ext. 1229 OR 814 393 1229
Management Tech, Somerset Campus
814 393 2734
"I am so excited to be close to home while earning a very honorable degree from Clarion University. Starting my freshmen year at Clarion Campus majoring in Nutrition and Fitness really showed me how wonderful the university itself was. I was slowly realizing that nutrition is not what I wanted to do, so I started looking down the path to becoming a nurse. When I heard about an opportunity in nursing, close to home, and from Clarion, I was eager to find out more information. Clarion's nursing program has shown to be honorable and challenging, which made me eager to apply and take this opportunity. I am very excited for classes to start in the fall so I am one step closer to my nursing career!"
By offering courses for the ASN degree in Somerset, we're taking big steps to reach our students where it's convenient for them. Supporting the growth of the nursing industry is important to us, and we're not slowing down!