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Application Information

To apply to West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, follow these Instructions for Applicants, including reading the Disclosure Statements for the most recent year. The Class of 2016 School Calendar, for Nursing Courses only, is also provided.


Instructions for Applicants

Follow these steps to apply to West Penn Hospital School of Nursing.

  1. Complete the Application for Admissions (both sides/pages) to West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and Clarion University of Pa. To receive a print or emailed PDF of the Application for Admissions, email (sonadmissions@wpahs.org) or write the School (4900 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224).
  2. Read the most recent year's Disclosure Statements below.
  3. Sign and date the Application for Admissions.
  4. Enclose the non-refundable fee of $50 in the form of a check or money order made payable to "West Penn Hospital” to cover application to both West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and Clarion University of Pa.
  5. Send the completed and signed Application for Admissions with the fee to:
    Admissions Office
    West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
    4900 Friendship Avenue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
     
  6. Request that the following materials be sent directly to the School of Nursing:  

    A. Official high school transcript or G.E.D. scores, as applicable. Request the school to include:

    • Cumulative GPA and
    • Graduation class rank

    B. Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.

    C. SAT scores (if not printed on high school transcript).

    D. A minimum of two (2) completed School of Nursing Reference for Admission forms. The Reference for Admission form may be obtained by visiting or mailing West Penn Hospital School of Nursing (4900 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224), by emailing sonadmissions@wpahs.org, or download the Reference Form in PDFformat and print out (both sides):

    • The reference forms should be completed by individuals such as teachers, counselors, employers, nurses, or clergy. References should not be from relatives, friends, or acquaintances.
    • Ask those to whom you give the Reference for Admission forms to complete the form as soon as possible to facilitate the application process.
    • The completed forms must be returned directly to the School of Nursing.

 


Disclosure Statements 2013

The following statistical information is provided to all prospective students of the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa. Information is current as of August 2013, except as noted.

Please read this information before signing your Application for Admissions to the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing.

Retention and Cohort Completion Rates
The retention rate (% of students who completed the program) for the Class of 2012 is 74%. Reasons for leaving the program are academic and personal. The cohort completion rate (% of students pursuing post-secondary education for the first time who completed the program) for the Class of 2012 is 62%.

Achievement on Standardized Tests
The results of achievement on standardized tests administered during the program are on file and are available upon request.

Number of Graduates
The number of graduates as of June 2013 is 5932.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
Pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for graduates of the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing (SON) as compared with that year's Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing average (PA Average) for all Pennsylvania schools of nursing are shown in the table that follows:

Class SON PA Average
Class of 2013 89% 86.2%
Class of 2012 95% 90.7%
Class of 2011 93.6% 87.6%

 

Graduate Employment Rate
The employment rate for members of the Class of 2011 who passed the NCLEX-RN, 6 months after graduation, was 95%.

 

Criminal Acts and Licensure in Pennsylvania
Involvement in criminal acts may prohibit licensure in Pennsylvania as determined by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. As stated in the Professional Nursing Law Act of 1951, P.L. 317, No. 69 as amended:

"The Board shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as 'The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act,' or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless:

• at least ten (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction;

• the applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board that he has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations; and

• the applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by this Act.

As used in this subsection the term 'convicted' shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.....(6 amended Dec. 15, 1986, P.L. 1607, No. 179)."

 

Higher Education Opportunity Act Data
As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act section 488(a), West Penn Hospital School of Nursing discloses the following information for the school year 2012-2013:

Number of students who completed the program  = 27
Number of students who completed the program with a Pell grant = 10
Number of students who completed the program with any student loan debt = 22
     Median federal student loan debt = $20,000
     Median private student loan debt = $10,600
     Median institutional loan debt = $0
Normal program completion time = 22 months
Number/percentage of students who completed the program in the normal time = 20/74%

Total number of students who received a federal Pell grant = 31

  •  % of total students who were male = 15%
  •  % of total students who were female = 85%

Total students' ethnicity:

  • White = 96%
  • African-American = 2%
  • Hispanic/Asian = 2%
  • African-American/White = 0%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native = 0%

 

Fire Safety Data
Listed below are the reasons for activation of the fire alarms in the School of Nursing building in 2012 to 2013:

  • Cooking incidents = 4
  • Smoke detector malfunction = 4
  • Other = 5

There were no actual fires.

Campus Crime Security Data
The Campus Crime Security Data for the most recent year (2012) are as follows for the campus of West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. ("Hospital Campus") and for the School of Nursing building ("Residence"): 

 

Criminal Offense Hospital Campus Residence
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 0 0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible 0 0
Robbery 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0
Burglary 17 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0
Theft from vehicles 3 0
Arson 0 0
Any other crime involving bodily injury 0 0
Hate crimes, any type 0 0
Illegal weapons possession 0 0
Drug law violations 0 0
Liquor law violations 0 0

Class of 2016 School Calendar

The following calendar lists Nursing Courses only for school years 2014 through 2016 for students admitted to the Class of 2016 at West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2014-2015 Nursing Courses Only
(for college courses, refer to Clarion University Calendar)

August 11 CPR Certification Class
August 12-14 Orientation, Class of 2016
August 18 Fall Term begins
September 1 Holiday Recess
September 17 Observance of Constitution & Citizenship Day (classes as scheduled)
October 24 Fall Term ends
November 3 Winter Term begins
November 27 Holiday Recess begins
December 1 Classes resume
December 20 Holiday Recess begins
January 5 Classes resume
January 23 Winter Term ends
February 2 Spring Term begins
April 10 Spring Term ends
April 20 Summer Term begins
May 25 Holiday Recess
June 26 Summer Term ends

 

2015-2016 Nursing Courses Only
(for college courses, refer to Clarion University Calendar)

August 17 Fall Term begins
September 7 Holiday Recess
September 17 Observance of Constitution & Citizenship Day (classes as scheduled)
October 23 Fall Term ends
November 2 Winter Term begins
November 26 Holiday Recess begins
November 30 Classes resume
December 19 Holiday Recess begins
January 4 Classes resume
January 22 Winter Term ends
February 1 Spring Term begins
April 8 Spring Term ends
April 18 Summer Term begins
May 30 Holiday Recess
June 24 Summer Term ends
June 24 Commencement

 

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