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Surgical ear loop masks, at a minimum, must be worn within all AHN facilities.  Cloth face masks are no longer permitted, as they do not provide the best level of protection against Coronavirus.

Educational Effectiveness

In order to practice as a registered nurse (RN), graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The pass rates for the last three Citizens School of Nursing classes are shown below.

Class of 2020 – 97.3%
Class of 2019 – 88.2%
Class of 2018 – 80%

Retention rates
Retention rates for the last three Citizens School of Nursing Classes are shown below.

2020 (Cohort Start 2017) – 74% 
2020 (LPN Cohort start January 2018) – 100% (5) 
2020 (Cohort Transfer students start January 2018) – 60% (5) 
2020 (Cohort Transfer students start May 2018) – 100% (5)
2019 (Cohort Start 2016) – 93%
2018 (Cohort Start 2015) – 85%

Employment patterns

Employment of Citizens School of Nursing graduates at program completion is shown below.

Class of 2020 – 97%
Class of 2019 – 94%
Class of 2018 – 100%

Standardized tests
Various standardized tests are administered throughout the program. Standardized comprehensive review tests are given at the end of the program to assess readiness for the nursing licensing examination. The School uses standardized testing to counsel individual students and to evaluate program strengths and weaknesses. Information related to this performance will be made available upon request.

Graduate and employer satisfaction
Parallel studies of recent Citizens School of Nursing graduates and their employers showed that graduates were satisfied with the education they received at the School of Nursing. Both graduates and their employers responded that the graduates were well prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

Accreditation and memberships

Citizens School of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and Hospital Association of Pennsylvania.

Allegheny Valley Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health, and a member of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania.

The School of Nursing is required by the ACEN to provide accurate and consistent information to prospective students. Our recruitment information is housed with the commission, as follows:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program by using the ACEN Program Search.

The purpose of the School's Catalog is to inform and it should not be considered a contract.