Approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the curriculum reflects a 16-month nursing program (60 weeks of instruction with breaks throughout) with a requirement of four (4) pre-requisite college credit* courses completed prior to entry, for a potential total of 20 months leading to an RN diploma in nursing.

To be considered for admission, all pre-requisites need to be successfully completed (with a “C” (2.0) or better) by a date to be determined.  An official transcript showing proof of completion must be received by the Washington Health System School of Nursing prior to the start of orientation to begin enrollment.

*Pre-requisite college credits include:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  2. Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
  3. English Composition
  4. Developmental Psychology

NOTE:  All science credits (Anatomy and Physiology) must have been completed within the past five years, as well as from the same institution

The admission procedure includes the ATI TEAS examination with a minimum Academic Preparedness Level of Proficiency with a score of greater than or equal to 68% being recommended.  For any subsequent attempts of the ATI TEAS, the higher score will be considered.

  • The Washington Health System School of Nursing graduate:
    • Utilizes a holistic approach when managing care for a group of dignified individuals/families in various stages of the developmental life process.
    • Provides culturally diverse care to individuals /families enabling optimization toward health potential and self-healing.
    • Respects the human complexity of individuals/families through reciprocal relationships that influence the internal and external environment.
    • Utilizes the spirit of inquiry to improve or optimize individual/ family outcomes.
    • Incorporates human science and evidence based practice into critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment while utilizing the nursing process.
    • Upholds the professional nurse role in meeting quality human health care needs, safe pharmacologic administration, and overall safety of individuals/families while in collaboration with other members of the health care team.
    • Demonstrates moral and ethical values that support responsible, accountable professional practice.
    • Functions in the role of an entry-level professional nurse in a variety of health care settings.
    • Recognizes responsibility of continued personal and professional growth through life-long learning as evidenced within the teaching/learning process.

    The curriculum is developed from the philosophy and conceptual framework of the school and is designed to provide 16 months of instruction. The student must meet the requirements of one semester before progressing to the next higher semester of the curriculum. All nursing courses must be taken in sequence.

    The School of Nursing reserves the right to change its curriculum, educational policies, and expenses at any time.

Level ISemester ISemester IITotal
Tuition$3,728.00$3,495.00$7,223.00
Activity Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Computer Lab Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Evaluation Support Services$663.00$663.00$1,326.00
Sim Lab Fee$100.00$100.00$200.00
Administrative Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Total$4,641.00$4,408.00$9,049.00
Level IISemester IIISemester IVTotal
Tuition$3,495.00$3,728.00$7,223.00
Activity Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Computer Lab Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Evaluation Support Services$663.00$663.00$1,326.00
Sim Lab Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Administrative Fee$50.00$50.00$100.00
Graduation Fee$200.00$200.00
Total$4,358.00$4,791.00$9,149.00
Grand Total**$18,198.00

*Estimated Tuition and Fees.  Subject to change without notice.
**Does not include textbooks.
**Plus 10 General Education Credits.  Additional costs and institution subject to change without notice.

Admission Process

  • Academic
    • Graduation from an approved secondary school or validation of a high school equivalency diploma (GED) verified through official transcript. Applicants must show that they have completed work equal to a standard high school course including 4 units of English, 3 units of Social Studies, 2 units of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra), and 2 units of Science with a related laboratory.
    • Official college transcripts documenting a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in the following pre-requisites:
      1. English Composition (3 credit minimum)
      2. Development Psychology (3 credit minimum)
      3. Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credit minimum)
      4. Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credit minimum)
    • The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam may be taken no more than 2 times in the academic year. A minimum Academic Preparedness Level of Proficiency with a score of greater than or equal to 68% is recommended.* All science credits must have been completed within 5 years prior to admission.
  • Health Record
    The applicant must demonstrate physical and mental health necessary to meet the expectations of the program. The Washington Health System Washington Hospital Employee Health Service (EHS) reviews each applicant’s completed health record, which includes health history, physical examination, urine dipstick, hair follicle testing, and immunization record.

A urine drug screen and hair follicle testing will be completed in EHS, prior to final acceptance into the School of Nursing.

Students will be required to receive a flu vaccine. Those who are unable to receive the flu vaccine must provide documentation, with reason, from their personal physician.

The EHS reserves the right to make recommendations to the School of Nursing regarding admission.

NOTE: The School of Nursing reserves the right to require such additional information, examinations, or measures of eligibility as may be prescribed by the faculty.

Application documents will be held for 2 years.

  1. Application forms and other information regarding admission may be obtained online or from Washington Health System School of Nursing (WHSSN), 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301-3398 or by calling (724) 223-3168. Completed applications are to be returned to the same address accompanied by a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  2. The School of Nursing will consider only completed application files. Application files consist of the following:
    • Completed application and application fee.
    • Official academic transcripts from high school and post-secondary schools attended.
    • Pre-admission testing
  3. Applicants who meet all the Admission Requirements will be given a health record, which is the final admission requirement.
  4. The health record is to be completed and submitted to The Washington Hospital Employee Health Service (EHS) for their review. (Student may opt to have work-up done at EHS or with his/her own physician.)
  5. To confirm the applicant’s enrollment, a signed enrollment contract and non-refundable matriculation fee of $100.00 are required.

NOTE: The School of Nursing reserves the right to require such additional information, examinations, or measures of eligibility as may be prescribed by the faculty. The School of Nursing reserves the right to implement the selection process as it relates to limited number of seats available to the most qualified applicant(s).

Application documents will be held for 2 years.

The Recruitment and Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing will notify applicants of their official acceptance into the nursing program when all requirements are met.

  1. _____ Complete the online application and submit the application for Admission Confirmation page along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. (Made payable to: The Washington Hospital)
  2. _____ Select a test date and reserve a seat online to take the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Pre-Admission Examination.
  3. _____ Request to have all official transcripts (high school and post-secondary institutions attended) sent directly to Washington Health System School of Nursing.

Submit all of the above to:
Washington Health System
School of Nursing
155 Wilson Avenue
Washington, PA 15301-3398

Call (724) 223-3168 to have any questions answered

The TEAS® is a four-part assessment with subtests in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. The total testing time is 209 minutes. The total number of questions is 170.

SubtestTime Allocated# of Questions
Reading64 Minutes53
Mathematics54 Minutes36
Science63 Minutes53
English and Language Usage28 Minutes28

Additional TEAS® paper/pencil assessment dates now available for registration

DayDateTime
Saturday11-16-201908:00 AM
Saturday12-14-201908:00 AM
Saturday1-18-202008:00 AM
Saturday2-22-202008:00 AM
Saturday3-21-202008:00 AM
Saturday4-18-202008:00 AM
Saturday5-30-202008:00 AM
Saturday6-20-202008:00 AM

Instructions for taking the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Pre-Admission Examination

Please arrive at the school no later than 8:00 a.m.

All applicants who wish to take the TEAS® Pre-Admission Examination at Washington Health System School of Nursing must:

1. Select Test Site

  • Logon to ATI’s website:  www.atitesting.com.
  • Click on “Register for TEAS” (located at the lower right of the webpage).
  • Select “Pennsylvania” from the State dropdown list.
  • Select “Washington” from the City dropdown list.
  • Click “Next.”  You will be directed to a listing of all the test sites and available test dates.

2. Select Test Date

  • Test dates are listed in chronological order.  Click “Learn More” on the test date you would like to register for, and review important information about the test.
  • Click “Register.”  Click “Yes” on the disclaimer pop-up window to proceed with the registration.

3. Complete Registration

  • Simply follow the atitesting.com screen prompts to complete your registration and pay for your exam.
  • If you do not already have an existing account with ATI, you will be prompted to create one during the registration process.

4. Provide Proof of Registration

  • Access your ATI account and retrieve your personal Paper Pencil Identification Number.
  • Bring your ATI Paper Pencil Identification Number and Photo ID with you on the date of the exam.