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

Admissions Contacts

Phone: 412-777-6204

Email: SONAdmissions@hvhs.org

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!

Admission Qualifications / Requirements

Admission Letter: Dear Interested Applicant

Application for Admission

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Transfer Students

Please check back for 2021-2023 Tuition and Fees

Full-Time Program (20 months)

Pre-entrance Fees (Non-Refundable) 

Application Fee


ATI Exam Fee


Acceptance Fee


Program grand total for Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing Tuition and Affiliating College Tuition is approximately $29,000*. 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.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Nursing Calculator

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.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Web: www.acenursing.org

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 Heritage Valley Kennedy 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 HVKSON’s NCLEX-or state boards-for RN’s on their first attempt.


Percentage passing on 1st Attempt







Program Retention

These are the HVKSON Program Retention numbers.

Year Percentage of Student Retention
2020 81.82%
2019 82.85%
2018 93%

Job Placement

These are the HVKSON Job Placement numbers from.

Year Percentage of Students Employed Full Time
2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%

Gainful Employment  Disclosure 2020

It is the policy of Heritage Valley Kennedy’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.

Heritage Valley Kennedy is dedicated to promoting gender equity, which includes coordinating with the Hospital’s efforts to prevent and effectively respond to all forms of gender discrimination, including gender identity discrimination, and sexual misconduct impacting community members, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, domestic violence and stalking.  For more information please review our Nondiscrimination/ Sexual Misconduct policy.

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.


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.


A: You may visit our Application section for a PDF application. There is a non-refundable deposit that you must pay. Additional paperwork includes a Disclosure form.


A: You are awarded an RN Diploma which makes you eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing NCLEX exam.


A: We offer a full-time, daylight program. We do not offer part-time study.


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.


A: No, but our final semester offers resume-writing reviews as well as mock interviews to assist in each student’s job-search success!


A: Obtain and complete the attached form for a copy of your Heritage Valley Kennedy (or prior Ohio Valley Hospital) School of Nursing Transcript. Download Transcript Request

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.

Information regarding applications for the Class of 2023 (to begin August 2021) is forthcoming. 

The 2020/2021 TEAS testing dates are updated. For more information, click here

About Us

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

School Partnership

Addressing the needs of the professional nurse and changing healthcare demands, the school recently entered into a partnership with California University of Pennsylvania.

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 Heritage Valley Kennedy 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 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 Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing, please fill out the form below, and one of our Admissions counselors will be in touch.

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Questions or Comments for Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing

The Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing and School of Radiography have their Fall Plan for Reopening available upon request. Please email SONAdmissions@hvhs.org or lfazio@hvhs.org for a copy. 

NCSBN Regulatory Requirement  

As of July 2020, the Diploma nursing program at Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing meets the state education requirements for a Registered Nurse license in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  It has not been determined if the Diploma nursing program at Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing meets the state education requirements in any other US state or territory.  Contact the State regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm


·         State Regulatory Agency for Nursing: https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx


·         State Regulatory Agency for Nursing: https://nursing.ohio.gov/

West Virginia:

·         State Regulatory Agency for Nursing: https://wvrnboard.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

FAQs regarding the impact of 34 CFR 668.43 on nursing programs:                              https://www.ncsbn.org/ProfessionalLicensureReq-FAQs.pdf