Nursing Degree Program at Westmoreland

 

Become a Registered Nurse

Nursing student with instructor and patient

Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Nursing, AAS

Westmoreland’s associate degree Nursing program provides the academic and clinical preparation to start a career in entry-level nursing positions. Upon completion of the associate degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for the RN (NCLEX-RN) leading to the licensure to practice nursing. 

The associate degree Nursing program is offered at both the Youngwood campus and at Westmoreland - Indiana County.  The Youngwood campus offers a full-time daylight program (fall start) and a part-time evening program (spring start). The Indiana County location offers the full-time daylight program. View Nursing, AAS in the College Catalog

Advanced Standing to AAS for LPNs

In addition, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can continue to climb the career ladder by enrolling in the Nursing Advanced Standing to AAS for LPNs Program Option. This program option allows licensed practical nurses to apply for advanced placement into the second year of the associate degree Nursing Program if they meet specific criteria. View Advanced Standing for LPNs in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities or schools, or serve in the military.

Pathways to a BSN

Graduates of Westmoreland's Nursing program who want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing are encouraged to do so! Westmoreland partners with several colleges and universities to maintain guided pathways for graduates to achieve a BSN. We have formal transfer agreements with the following institutions:

  • Bloomsburg University of Pa
  • California University of Pa
  • Carlow University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Chatham University
  • Clarion University
  • Clarion University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Pennsylvania State University - Fayette & New Kensington
  • Robert Morris University
  • Waynesburg University

Accreditation

The Westmoreland Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Additionally, the Westmoreland program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both postsecondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Caring

  • Provide safe, quality, evidence-based patient-centered care with respect for diversity across the lifespan

Competency

  • Implement technical aspects of care by following standards of safe, professional practice

Communication

  • Implement the use of therapeutic and professional communication when participating in the collaborative care of patients and their families

Clinical Judgement

  • Use the nursing process, critical thinking and clinical reasoning to manage patient care
  • Use information technologies to coordinate safe care for individuals and their families

Commitment

  • Incorporate nursing actions within the legal and ethical framework of nursing practice by conducting self in a civil and professional manner

2016-2017 - 92%

  • December 2016 graduates - 89%
  • May 2017 graduates - 93%

2015-2016 - 88%

2014-2015 - 84%

2016-2017 - 77%

2015-2016 - 66%

2014-2015 - 65%

2016-2017 - 100%

2015-2016 - 100%

2014-2015 - 96%

Associate Degree Nursing Program Tuition and Fees 2019-2020

1st Year Associate:

  • CPR- good for 2 years (includes book) $70.00
  • Calculator $25.00
  • Passport photo $15.00
  • Professional liability insurance $38.00
  • Health requirements *varies depending on health insurance coverage
    • Physical exam and vaccinations $1,000.00*
  • Castle branch documents management $74.00
  • child abuse clearance $15.00
  • FBI fingerprinting $28.00
  • Urine drug screen $74.00
  • Nursing program uniforms $200.00
  • Stethoscope $90.00
  • Wrist watch with a second hand $35.00
  • Text book bundle Level I $1,000.00
  • Estimated text books - general education $1,000.00
  • Tuition - $133.00 per credit (in-county) $5,187.00 for 39 credits
  • Tuition - $266 per credit (out-of-county) $10,374.00
  • General Fee $61.00 per credit = $2,379.00 for 39 credits
  • Capital Fee (out-of-county/out-of-state) $6.00 per credit =$234.00
  • Lab fees nursing courses $80 per course /4 courses = $320.00
  • Lab feed non-nursing courses with a lab $70 (BIO 171, BIO 172) - $140.00

Estimated total for first year: $11,655 in-county and $17,076 out-of-county

2nd Year Associate:

  • Professional liability insurance renewal $38.00
  • Subsequent health follow-up $75.00
  • Annual urine drug screen $74.00
  • Text books Level II $1,000.00
  • Estimated text books - general education $852.00
  • Tuition $133.00 per credit (in-county) $4,389.00 for 33 credits
  • Tuition $266.00 per credit (out-of-county) $8,778.00
  • General Fee $61.00 per credit - $2,013.00 for 33 credits
  • Capital Fee (out-of-county/out-of-state) $6.00 per credit
  • Lab fees $80 per nursing course = $400.00
  • Lab fee NSG 280 $260.00
  • Lab fees non-nursing courses with a lab (BIO 265) $71.00

Estimated total for Second Year: $9,172 (in-county) $13,561 (out-of-county)

Estimated grand total for 72-credit Associate Degree Nursing Program of Study -  $20,827 in-county and $30,637 out-of-county

Other Fees:

  • NLN PAX pre admission testing $40.00
  • PA State Board of Nursing $45.00
  • Fees for examination and licensing $300.00

Basic Application Process - Health Professions

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission to
    the college
  • Download the Nursing, Nursing-Evening or Advanced Standing for LPNs Application Checklist and check the College Catalog for details on additional requirements
  • Complete and submit a Health Professions Programs Application 
  • You will be notified via your MyWestmoreland email if you are eligible to take the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN-PAX), which is the next step in the evaluation process. Study materials are optional and available for purchase.
  • Submit official transcript from all secondary schools attended, graduate equivalency degree (GED) programs and any other formal educational program beyond high school
  • Application Deadline: January 12 prior to fall start; May 15 prior to spring start
  • Acceptance Notification: Mid-March (fall); Mid-August (spring)