Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing
We are located on the Heritage Valley Kennedy campus, which makes it easy for our students to gain the hands-on experience they need from current and former nurses. Our building is called the W. Laird Davis Center of Learning.
25 Heckel Road, Kennedy Township, PA 15136
We also have a General Questions Form on our Prospective Students page.
At Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing, we look forward to welcoming prospective students into our school. In this section, we highlight Admission Qualifications and Requirements, provide an overview of current Course Descriptions, and discuss Transfer Students.
Throughout the years we have welcomed thousands of students through our halls, and we look forward to starting off a new year of excellence!
Please check back periodically as we will be listing our upcoming events for prospective students, such as School Open Houses, as well as other area events we plan on attending. We look forward to meeting you all!
Please check back for 2020-2022 Tuition and Fees
Full-Time Program (20 months)
Pre-entrance Fees (Non-Refundable)
ATI Exam Fee
Program grand total for Ohio Valley School of Nursing Tuition and Affiliating College Tuition is approximately $20,000*. Additional costs associated with affiliate college courses approximately $400* per credit.
*Subject to change.
In addition to tuition charges, the following expenses are included in the program grand total amount:
- Healthcare CPR certification
- Malpractice insurance
- ATI course exams
Other related fees, such as books, uniforms, lab, technology, registration and graduation fees, along with other related school fee(s), as appropriate are the sole responsibility of each student, regardless of scholarship eligibility. Transportation to and from clinical sites along with parking fee(s) are ALWAYS the sole responsibility of the student.
When applicable, upon request information related to similar programs in the region will be provided.
All terms and conditions, as well as pricing, are subject to change, without prior notice.
Our program provides a 20-month RN diploma program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (PASBON). We are also approved by the Department of Education. Our Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
INQUIRIES MAY BE SENT TO:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Graduates are eligible to take the same Registered Nursing Licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) required of graduates from Associate Degree (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs, which allow entry into the nursing practice.
Please call our School of Nursing office at 412-777-6204 for more information.
Information on the Program Effectiveness of the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing is listed for the years 2017-2019. Program Effectiveness is measured by the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rate, Program Retention, and Job Placement within the last 3 years.
Exam Pass Rate
This is the 3-year Pass Rate average of the OVHSON’s NCLEX-or state boards-for RN’s on their first attempt, from the years 2017-2019.
Percentage passing on 1st Attempt
These are the OVHSON Program Retention numbers from 2016-2018.
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These are the OVHSON Job Placement numbers from May 2016 – May 2019.
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This PDF provides additional information on the charts listed above.
If you are an Admitted or Current Student at the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing, you will be able to access all necessary school documents at our school portal.
Here, you will have full access to our HVK (OVH) Google Apps, ExamSoft, and other internal student resources such as the guidebook, IT support, and our faculty directory. All student records, excluding transcripts, financial aid, and grievances, will be discarded after 24 months post-graduation. A valid HVK (OVH) Google login is required to access the site.
It is the policy of Ohio Valley Hospital’s School of Nursing to not discriminate in the selection of students to the education program on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national origins, or physical handicaps. This policy adheres to the regulations and provisions of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Rehabilitation Act of 1972, Section 604; the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of October 27, 1965 PL 47, and the Internal Revenue Procedures 73-20, Section 4, 85-1.
Q: WHERE IS THE SCHOOL LOCATED?
A: We are located in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the Heritage Valley Kennedy Campus, formerly Ohio Valley Hospital, in the W. Laird Davis Center of Learning. Our address is 25 Heckel Road, Kennedy Township, PA, 15136. If you would like to see a map highlight the hospital location, please visit our Contact Us page.
Q: HOW LONG HAS THE SCHOOL BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A: Our school has a long and storied history, starting at the turn of the 20th century! We have successfully welcomed graduating registered nurses through our hallowed halls for nearly 120 years.
Q: HOW DO I APPLY?
A: You may visit our Application section for a PDF application. There is a non-refundable deposit that you must pay. Additional paperwork includes an Evaluation and Disclosure form.
Q: WHAT CREDENTIAL IS AWARDED UPON GRADUATION?
A: You are awarded an RN Diploma, with up to 30 credits transferable toward a BSN degree.
Q: WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR FULL AND PART TIME STUDY?
A: We offer a full-time, daylight program. We do not offer a part-time study.
Q: IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
A: Yes, the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing offers Full Tuition scholarships, VA Educational Benefits and also accepts federal and state funding, (if eligible), after completion of the FAFSA. The School’s Financial Aid Advisor also provides assistance with Federal Direct Loan and alternative (private) loan borrowing.
Q: DO YOU HELP WITH JOB PLACEMENT?
A: No, but our final semester offers resume-writing reviews as well as mock interviews to assist in each student’s job-search success!
The Heritage Valley Kennedy (formerly Ohio Valley Hospital) School of Nursing was founded in 1901 as a 3-year diploma-nursing program. With our first student graduate in 1904, we established a long-standing tradition of excellence amongst our student nurses. You can read about the commencement ceremony of our first graduate, Annabell McAnulty, here.
The submission deadline of applications and testing is July 3, 2020 for entrance in the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing Class of 2022. Classes start August 24, 2020.
We proudly claim a reputation for providing high-quality nursing education, one which prepares graduates to enter the practice of nursing. Graduates of our school maintain a high degree of success on the PA State Board of Nursing licensing exam, NCLEX-RN, as evidenced by a consistently high first-time pass rate for graduates.
Graduates are eligible to take the same Registered Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) required of graduates from Associate Degree (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs, which allow entry into the nursing practice.
Our full-time program offers full-tuition scholarships. Please see our Admission Qualifications/Requirements section for information on these scholarships.
To find out more about our School of Nursing program, please visit our School of Nursing Brochure and School of Nursing Catalog.
Please read more about the School of Nursing Philosophy.
Why Choose Us?
- We offer a strong clinical program built on the foundation of humanities, as well as behavioral and natural sciences
- Smaller class sizes and individualized instruction
- Become an RN in just 20 months
- Our program bridges with area universities and colleges to help facilitate the faster completion of a BS Degree in Nursing
- Opportunity for a seamless transition with our affiliate California University of Pennsylvania to obtain a BSN in just 12 months
Addressing the needs of the professional nurse and changing healthcare demands, the school recently entered into a partnership with California University of Pittsburgh.
This relationship enables students to earn up to 30 general education credits while working toward achieving their diploma in nursing.
Students will receive all of their science courses and general education credit requirements from California University of Pennsylvania via an on-line platform, including a virtual lab for science courses allowing for more flexibility of time for the student.
It also enables the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing to implement more simulation and laboratory activities to assist each student in their application of learning. Rather than going into the city, all of the hands-on nursing practical training and direct clinical experiences take place at Ohio Valley Hospital, and within the Heritage Valley Health System and other community sites.
Graduates benefit by having a broad educational base for their nursing practice, as well as having credits to transfer toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
General Questions Form
If you have a question or comment for the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing, please fill out the form below, and one of our Admissions counselors will be in touch.