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.

In the 10-county region surrounding Westmoreland County Community College, earnings for occupations related to this program range from $26.12 to $34.88 per hour, with an average hourly wage of $29.66.

*Data provided by EMSI (economicmodeling.com)

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.

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 2018-2019

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 $10.00
  • 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
  • General Fee $51.00 per credit - $1,989.00 for 39 credits
  • Capital Fee (out-of-county/out-of-state) $6.00 per credit
  • Lab fees range from $10.00 - $25.00+ per course

Estimated total for first year: $10,835 + lab fees for in-county student

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 $1,250.00
  • Estimated text books - general education $852.00
  • Tuition $133.00 per credit (in-county) $4,389.00 for 33 credits
  • General Fee $51.00 per credit - $1,683.00 for 33 credits
  • Capital Fee (out-of-county/out-of-state) $6.00 per credit
  • Lab fees range from $10.00 - $25.00+ per course

Estimated total for Second Year: $8,361 + lab fees for in-county student

Estimated grand total for 72-credit Associate Degree Nursing Program of Study -  $19,196 + fees for in-county student

Other Fees:

  • NLN PAX pre admission testing $40.00
  • PA State Board of Nursing
  • 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)