Citizens School of Nursing

Citizens School of Nursing provides hands-on clinical experience in medical-surgical, critical care, oncology, mental health, emergency, and pediatric nursing. We proudly prepare the next generation of nurses for a rewarding, successful career in health care.

At Citizens School of Nursing, you’ll gain experience in assessing, planning, and administering patient care. Nearby AHN Allegheny Valley Hospital serves as a primary clinical setting for the Citizens School of Nursing.

Prospective students

Take advantage of a 22-month program — slower than some faster-paced programs but still half the time of a traditional four-year program. You’ll enjoy smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention from experienced, active faculty who are dedicated to your success.

Information sessions

Choosing the best nursing school for your unique needs isn’t easy. We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions to tour the school, meet students and faculty, and have all of your questions answered.

Financial aid

Many of our students take advantage of a wide variety of available financial aid programs. We have dedicated staff who can assist you in finding and applying for financial aid as well as creating a sound financial plan to pay for the program.


Graduates of Citizens School of Nursing regularly achieve above-average first-time NCLEX pass rates and first-year job placements.


Our faculty are regularly praised by current and former students for their dedication to the nursing profession along with their willingness to make time on an individual basis to help students fully understand difficult skills and principles.

Current students

We encourage our current students to regularly visit the student portal to stay up to date on schedules, events, grades, and other materials. You can also access the most current version of the Student Handbook.


Need a copy of your transcript? No problem.


Citizens School of Nursing has been 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

(404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

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


“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.” 

— Katrina, CSON Class of 2020

“I realized that pursuing a career as a nurse would allow me to fulfill my passion for 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

Contact us

The Citizens School of Nursing building is located at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Tarentum, near Macy’s.

Citizens School of Nursing
539 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, PA 15084

(724) 337-5090

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