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.


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.


Admission Requirements

ASN Somerset Admissions Information
ASN Curriculum Plan
Curriculum Check Sheet
Advanced Placement for LPNs
ASN Handbook
ASN Student Achievement Outcomes

Pre-entrance exam information

The National League for Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam is required for ASN applicants, and is offered by appointment at the Somerset County Education Center Library. To schedule your exam, please contact Casey McVay at 814 393 1229.

Once your exam is scheduled, you will be required to register for your exam. To register, create an account at 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.



Casey McVay

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

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Molly Coughenour

"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!"

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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!

Last Updated 7/1/20