A.S. in Nursing
The Associate of Science in Nursing 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 program provides educational experiences to promote scientific inquiry, creative thinking, critical judgment and self-evaluation. The two-year associate degree provides the graduate with a foundation for further study at the baccalaureate level. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council 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 A.S.N. 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. This program is offered only at the Venango campus.
The new traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.
B.S.N. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
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. This program is offered only online.
Certificates And Certifications
Nursing: Case Management Certificate
The Nursing: Case Management Certificate is a 12-credit (four three-credit courses) designed to prepare nurses to function as case managers in healthcare settings. The certificate includes the following courses: NURS 420: Principles in Case Management, NURS 421: Ethics in Case Management, NURS 422: Specialty Practices in Case Management and NURS 423: Case Management Process. It is designed to prepare nurses to assist clients in navigating the complex healthcare system. With additional experience in the case management field, these registered nurses will be prepared to take the national certification exam. This program is only offered online.
Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares nurses to be primary care providers in settings such as community health centers, clinics and private practices. The FNP concentration is 45 semester hours long and includes 600 hours of clinical practice. FNP graduates are prepared to provide primary care in medically under-served areas in western Pennsylvania. They also are eligible to apply to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for legal certification as certified registered nurse practitioners in family health after passing professional certification exams through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. This program is offered only online.