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A nurse is often the first person patients see when they enter the health care system. He or she is also the first one to advocate for patients and their families. Whether you’re working in a hospital, doctor’s office, school or community clinic, you’ll be a valuable member of any health care team when you complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing at PennWest Edinboro.

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We are proud to report that Edinboro’s NCLEX Pass rates are consistently above both state and national averages and 100% of our 2019 BSN graduates obtained full-time positions, mostly working in acute-care facilities. Employers often praise our alumni for their strong skills and professional behavior. Check out these statistics from 2020.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare our students for NCLEX success by rich classroom, clinical and simulation experiences. To be a great nurse, graduates need to hone their clinical decision-making skills based on their body of knowledge. We utilize appropriate course sequencing, content delivery and assessment (testing) consistent with NCLEX success.

Dr. Victoria Hedderick

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

It takes critical thinking, ethical decision-making and a wealth of scientific knowledge to become a nurse. These skills form the backbone of the four-year Nursing program at PennWest Edinboro.

Our curriculum combines professional nursing courses and clinical learning experiences with general education requirements.

A highly qualified, respected faculty ensures you're always on track. They not only teach, but they help you develop both personally and professionally into the role of a nurse.

Upon completion of the program you'll receive a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX Examination for licensure to work as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Accreditation Matters


PennWest University, including Clarion, California, and Edinboro campuses, will submit a self-study and host a site visit for our accrediting body, CCNE. The site visit will be on March 29-31, 2023.  This serves as formal notification of the upcoming visit and provides an opportunity for third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation.  

CCNE must receive written third-party comments regarding programs by no later than 21 days prior (March 1, 2023) to the first day of the scheduled on-site evaluation. CCNE accepts only signed comments. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team before the visit, but these comments are not shared with the program at any time during the review process. During its program review, the evaluation team considers third-party comments related to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on the Conduct of Business.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ATTN: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750|
Washington, DC 20001

How Edinboro Supports You.

Edinboro offers two different paths to attain a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Choose either the traditional four-year program or an Accelerated three-semester option.

In the traditional program, you will be admitted as a freshman and follow a strong curriculum that combines general education courses, supporting science courses and nursing courses.

If you already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, you may receive your BSN through our Accelerated Program. The course work is streamlined and focuses on nursing-specific and related content. Admission to the Accelerated BSN program is competitive.

Completion of either program makes you eligible to take the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to attain licensure as a Registered Nurse.

In both programs you'll have many opportunities for hands-on learning that coincides with your academic coursework. Here are a few ways you'll get valuable patient experience:

  • Simulation labs provide a risk-free environment to assess your skills and knowledge on frequent-care scenarios and to prepare you for high-risk scenarios you might not experience as a student in the clinical setting.
  • Clinical rotations with partnering health care organizations.
  • Capstone practicum during your senior year lets you work side-by-side with a licensed registered nurse in a clinical area of interest.
  • Summer nurse internships allow you to stay engaged in nursing over the summer, hone your skills and knowledge and initiate a relationship with a future employer.

Join a Growing Field

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of registered nurses will grow 12 percent from now till 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health-care services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.

Your Future

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a nurse. The field is wide open, with a variety of jobs and specialties that allow you to challenge yourself and pursue your professional interests in many unique settings.

You don’t have to stop with your bachelor’s degree. A significant number of our graduates choose to go on to graduate school or post-graduate certification programs, which open the doors to even more possibilities such as nurse practitioner, certified registered-nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager and nursing informatics specialist.

Learn more about Edinboro’s advanced Nursing degrees:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Laurie Bladen
Department Chair
Phone: 814-393-1252

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