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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 allows 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 End of Program Outcomes.

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

School Partnership

Addressing the needs of the professional nurse and changing healthcare demands, the school recently entered into a partnership with Portage Learning, a partner of Geneva College.

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 Portage Learning. Each college-level course is online and asynchronous, which means you can start anytime and work at a self-directed pace, as coordinated with your HVHS School of Nursing advisor.

Graduates benefit by having a broad educational base for their nursing practice, as well as having Geneva College 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 Health System School of Nursing, please fill out the form below, and one of our Admissions counselors will be in touch.

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The Heritage Valley Health System School of Nursing Plan for Reopening is available upon request.

NCSBN Regulatory Requirement

As of July 2020, the Diploma nursing program at Heritage Valley Health System 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 Health System 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

Pennsylvania: State Regulatory Agency for Nursing

Ohio: State Regulatory Agency for Nursing

West Virginia: State Regulatory Agency for Nursing

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

Contact Us

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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of Heritage Valley Health System’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 Health System 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.