Citizens School of Nursing

Citizens School of Nursing provides hands-on clinical experiences in medical-surgical, critical care, oncology, mental health and emergency nursing.

Now accepting applications

We are currently accepting applications for classes beginning in 2023. Application deadline is June 15, 2023.

Prospective Students

Current Students

Highlights of our 22-month RN Diploma program

  • No pre-requisites required for admission
  • Onsite Clinical Learning opportunities at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital
  • Financial aid and Scholarship opportunities available on site
  • Located within Galleria at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall off of Route 28
  • Free parking


“Citizens is a great school for nursing students of any background. My graduating class had a variety of different students with different backgrounds including CNAs, EMTs, Flight Paramedics, and LPNS. But there were also students like me, straight out of high school with no experience in the medical field. The staff at CSON always made me feel comfortable asking for help whether it be in clinical or studying for exams. Citizens has the ability to give a variety of different educational opportunities for its students. It was because of those opportunities, and experiences that I had as a student at CSON, I felt better prepared to take on NCLEX, and start my first position as an RN at Forbes Hospital. I have now been an RN for almost a year, and have begun my path toward my MSN with a goal of becoming an instructor, and a lot of that has to do with the amazing staff and teachers at Citizens School of Nursing.” 

-Katrina, CSON Class of 2020

“..I realized that pursuing a career as a nurse would allow me to fulfill my passion of giving back to others. Nurses do not have time to judge people or situations. We must invest most of our time being supportive; changing lives, saving lives and comforting others. That is what I love most about nursing. I am extremely passionate about providing quality care to patients. The most important aspect of nursing is to build trust by being honest, showing compassion and helping the individual.”

-Sylvie, CSON Class of 2021

“I chose a career in nursing because it offers a challenging and rewarding work environment where I will be able to push myself to be the best and to give the best possible care for my patients.

-Morgan, CSON Class of 2021