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The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


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West Penn Hospital

Student Opportunities in Nursing

In addition to opportunities for professional nurses, West Penn Hospital offers several programs for individuals interested in a career as a registered nurse.

These include:

RN Diploma School of Nursing

The hospital sponsors The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, which offers the following:

  • a 22-month RN Diploma program
  • articulation on-site with Clarion University of Pennsylvania, including concurrent awarding of an Associate of Science in Allied Health degree to eligible students and optional continuation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
  • financial aid and daycare available on-site
  • only Pittsburgh diploma school with on-site housing
  • founded in 1892 and accredited by the NLNAC

Professional Nurse Externship Program

The Professional Nurse Externship Program provides an employment opportunity for the professional nursing student to strengthen and reinforce his/her knowledge and skills through clinical experience in a hospital environment under the direct supervision of a professional nurse mentor. This program is selective and students must meet specific criteria to be considered for employment. Students may be assigned to a clinical/specialty-nursing unit in which they have expressed a strong interest. To learn more about the Professional Nurse Externship Program, contact West Penn Allegheny Health System Nurse Recruiter Donna Murray, BSN, RN.

Internship Programs

There are also opportunities at West Penn for students to shadow nurses or to complete an internship. Members of the nursing staff mentor students who seek to gain exposure to work in a healthcare setting.

To learn more, please contact Volunteer Services at West Penn Hospital, 412.578.5313.


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