Special Admissions Requirements

While in High School

Completion of the following courses, validated from the High School with a minimum of 16 credits. A “C” or Better in these courses:

  • English (4 units)
  • Social studies (3 units)
  • Mathematics (2 units, one in algebra required)
  • Science (2 units in chemistry and biology with a related laboratory)

Graduate of accredited secondary school program or hold a graduate equivalency degree (GED) certificate prior to selection

Note: If high school algebra, chemistry, and biology were not successfully completed with a “C” grade or better, applicants may meet these pre-admission requirements by completing Math 052, CHM 107, and BIO 107 with a “C” or better grade.

Applicants who have completed credit courses must attain a 2.5 GPA – only credit courses necessary to meet the requirements for the nursing program are considered when calculating GPA.

For an Admissions Packet to the Nursing Program, contact the Admissions office at admissions@westmoreland.edu or 724.925.4077.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Associate degree nurses (ADNs) are registered nurses (RNs) responsible for implementing the practice of professional nursing; and have more education and training than practical nurses do. RNs are patient advocates who assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing care of individuals across the life span.

ADNs can seek employment in all heath care settings, such as acute care facilities (hospitals), long term care facilities (nursing homes), assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, physician offices, health care clinics, schools, government agencies, public industry, and many other specialized settings; the median annual earnings is $64,690.00 or $31.10/hour. (www.bls.gov).

The ADN curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to function in the following roles: provider of nursing care, manager or coordinator of nursing care, and member within the discipline of nursing, This program option, which includes Level I and Level II courses, can be completed in two years or five semesters. (www.bls.gov and www.onetonline.org)


Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program

This program option offers the opportunity of advanced standing for LPNs. Qualified candidates can enter Level II of the associate degree nursing program and complete the associate degree nursing curriculum in only two semesters. (www.bls.gov and www.onetonline.org)