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West Penn Hospital Offers 22-month Preparation for National RN Licensing Exam

Many high school graduates desire to become registered nurses (RNs) but worry about committing to a college nursing program. West Penn Hospital’s School of Nursing offers an exceptional RN diploma program that prepares entering students for their first clinical experiences in just a few weeks and prepares graduates to take the national RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) in just 22 months.

The West Penn program’s early clinical experiences help students confirm their choice sooner of a nursing career, and graduates who do desire a BSN degree can earn an RN’s salary while completing an RN-to-BSN program, usually with tuition assistance from their employer.

West Penn Hospital’s School of Nursing building offers welcoming, modern facilities for education and dormitory living, including the STAR (simulation) Center — a “virtual hospital” — where students learn and practice all types of inpatient and outpatient assessment and care skills.

West Penn Hospital School of Nursing faculty support learning and promote professionalism through activities such as participation in the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). They also conduct nursing education research and model evidence-based practice principles.

West Penn Hospital, the main site for School of Nursing students’ medical-surgical and numerous specialty care experiences, is the first hospital in the region to be awarded Magnet Recognition® status for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center — and the first to earn Magnet® redesignation.

West Penn Hospital School of Nursing offers financial aid and daycare on-site and is the only Pittsburgh diploma school with on-site housing.

Prepare for the career of a lifetime. Call: 1-877-33NURSE; e-mail:; or visit

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