The selection of applicants is based upon each individual’s potential to successfully complete the School of Nursing’s curriculum. Each applicant is considered based upon the completion of required steps in the application process.
Applicants should be aware that certain felony convictions will make them ineligible for licensure prior to entry or during the course of the educational program. Therefore they may be unable to work as a registered nurse. Please direct any concerns to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing before continuing the application process.
Academic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school and successful completion of the following:
Science (Biology and Chemistry are required with a grade of "C" or better)
Mathematics (Algebra required with a grade of "C" or better)
Electives (preferably academic courses)
Step 1: Complete an application, submit references and pay the application fee
West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
4900 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Applications will be processed only after all requirements are complete.
Step 2: Take the Pre-entrance examination
All applicants must take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Scheduled testing is offered on the campus of West Penn School of Nursing.
Checklist for applicants:
Before coming for your pre-admission ATI-TEAS test, you must open a free account with ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC) and obtain your personal ATI testing ID number.
You must bring a printout of your ID number to your pre-admission ATI-TEAS test. Also, if you become a student, you must use the same number each time you take an ATI exam during our program.
To create your free ATI account and testing ID number:
ATI TEAS (TEAS 6th Edition) Test Preparation
To prepare to take the TEAS, you may wish - but you are not required - to purchase from ATI their TEAS Study Guide or TEAS Online Practice Test. If you are interested, please visit TEAS® Products at www.atitesting.com for more information, current pricing, and to order. All prices are subject to change by the company. If you have any problem with this process, please call us for help at (412) 578-5538.
It is the policy of West Penn Hospital School of Nursing to accept transfer credit for newly admitted students. Transfer of college/general education credits will only be considered prior to admission to the nursing program. Students admitted to, and currently enrolled in courses at West Penn Hospital School of Nursing are required take courses offered by Clarion University Pittsburgh Campus.
The purpose of this policy is to provide students with the ability to transfer credits at the time of admission.
In order to be eligible for transfer, students must provide an official transcript with evidence of course completion and grade from college and/or university for consideration. A course must be comparable in content, credit(s) and/or contact hours. Course descriptions and syllabi may be required to determine whether courses are acceptable for transfer. Acceptable substitutes for required courses are determined by Clarion University.
Courses for transfer must meet the following criteria:
Transfer credit may be given for Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations for High School General Psychology. Evidence of AP Examination Score must be provided from the College Board with a minimum score of 3.
High school and college and/or university transcripts from a foreign country must be translated and evaluated for U.S. course equivalency by a translation and evaluation service acceptable to the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing. Cost for this service is the responsibility of the applicant.
Any transfer of credit granted to the student will be considered attempted and earned prior to admission. The transfer of credit will not apply to the student’s overall grade point average (GPA). The student will be notified of acceptance of credits in writing prior to the start of the program.
West Penn Hospital School of Nursing provides no guarantee that credits earned while enrolled will transfer to another educational institution.