Addressing the needs of the professional nurse and changing healthcare demands, the school recently entered into a partnership with PennWest California (formerly 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 PennWest California 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).