Citizens School of Nursing was founded by Citizens General Hospital in 1913, under its original name of Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing. Citizens General Hospital was chartered in December 1912 as Trinity Hospital. The main goal of the school is to prepare Registered Professional Nurse and all school staffs including school administration, faculty and staff committee strive hard to obtain that goal. Till date, the school has graduated 1985 students.
The first Accreditation to the Nursing School was school was first offered by National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1960.
In November 2000, the ownership of Citizens General Hospital was transferred to Allegheny Valley Hospital after the closure of CGH. Allegheny Valley Hospital is now known as AlleKiski Medical Center. In 2001, the ownership change of the School of Nursing was duly approved by State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The School of Nursing again shifted back to its original location at the Citizens Ambulatory Care Site in 2004. The school is preparing students for RN Licensure and entry level nursing practice in a variety of healthcare settings.
Initially, the school had a curriculum of original 36 month but due to rapid changes in medical field and nursing philosophy, and with an aim to keep pace with the changing nursing environment, the school changed its program to 2 years long, consisting of combined 1800 hours nursing theory and clinical hands-on experience, and 33 college credits earned at Penn State University and Westmoreland County Community College.
Citizens School of Nursing also follows the nation’s policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability as stipulated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, thus protects the rights of disabled persons.
Therefore, the school does not debar from participation, discriminate or deny benefits to anybody on the basis of disability, race, creed, sex, religion, age, marital status. Citizens School of Nursing welcomes citizens of all nations to the School of Nursing for education.
Citizens School of Nursing
New Kensington, PA 15068
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