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 2021-2023 Tuition and Fees
Full-Time Program (20 months)
Pre-entrance Fees (Non-Refundable)
ATI Exam Fee
Total Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing Tuition
• Approximately $20,000* for Nursing ONLY courses
• Approximately $370/credit* for affiliating college courses
• Tuition Includes:
- Malpractice insurance
- ATI course supplements, assessment exams and NCLEX review
- Skills kits
* Technology Fee: $705/semester | Lab Fee: $100 program total. All fees are paid up front and are non-refundable.
• Technology Fee Includes:
- Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) - Shadow health - Canvas LMS - Examsoft - Student Laptops
Other related fees, such as books, uniforms, lab, 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.
All terms and conditions, including pricing, are subject to change without prior notice.
* Subject to change
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, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
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 Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing is listed for the previous three years as required by ACEN. Program Effectiveness is measured by the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rate, Program Retention, and Job Placement within the last 3 years.
NCLEX Pass Rate
Percentage passing on 1st Attempt
These are the HVKSON Program Retention numbers.
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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.
Please see the posting of the past year’s Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing Title IX Safety and Security Report on our Home Page.
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 a Disclosure form.
Q: WHAT CREDENTIAL IS AWARDED UPON GRADUATION?
A: You are awarded an RN Diploma which makes you eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing NCLEX exam.
Q: WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR FULL AND PART-TIME STUDY?
A: We offer a full-time, daylight program. We do not offer 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!
Q: HOW CAN I OBTAIN A COPY OF MY TRANSCRIPT?
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.
100% NCLEX Pass Rate in 2021, 2019, 2018!
We are accepting applications for the Class of 2024 (to begin August 2022).
A New Career Awaits YOU! Learn about the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing during our Virtual Information Forums. Upcoming dates are October 18 at 8am and November 19 at 12pm (Noon). These Zoom sessions include information on admission, financial aid, and faculty. Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021/2022 TEAS testing dates are updated. For more information, click here.
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
- Opportunity for a seamless transition with our affiliate California University of Pennsylvania to obtain a BSN in just 12 months
Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing works in partnership with California University of Pennsylvania to address the needs of the student nurse and changing healthcare demands.
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).
The Fall Plan for Reopening
A description of the school’s compliance with the CDC and US Department of Education is available for review by contacting the school at: 412-777-6204
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.
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/
· 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