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School of Nursing at Sharon

About the School of Nursing at Sharon

ACEN logo At the Sharon Regional School of Nursing, admissions TEAS testing is held every Friday (we are a certified testing center), September through February. Visit http://atitesting.com for more information.

 
The School of Nursing at Sharon Regional has been preparing nursing students to practice as Registered Nurses (RN) since 1899. With our current partnership with Penn State Shenango, students have the benefit of taking nursing courses at a hospital-based diploma nursing program and college level academic courses at a university that is located one mile from the School of Nursing. Following graduation, the partnership ensures a seamless transition for students to begin the RN to BS in Nursing program at Penn State.
 
For general questions about the School of Nursing, please call 724-983-3865 and leave a detailed voicemail with your name and contact number.
 
Sharon Regional School of Nursing is recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
 
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
PH: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020
http://www.acenursing.org

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Why Choose Us?

  • Accreditation Commission in Nursing Education (ACEN) accreditation through 2022.
  • Varied clinical experiences in a progressive health system. Beginning in the second semester, students participate in an average of over 120 hours in each semester. Clinical sites include: Long-term care, acute medical-surgical nursing units, ICU, behavioral health, cancer care, ER and the Women’s center.
  • The program includes a 135 hour practicum in the month prior to graduation in which students work directly on nursing units with a designated RN preceptor.
  • NCLEX- RN Pass Rates: 2020 88%, 2019 74%, 2018 91%, 2017 94%, 2016 91% and 2015 100%
  • Assigned faculty advisement for each student to increase retention (Class of 2020: 45%, 2019: 86%, 2018: 88%, 2017: 80%, Class of 2016: 72%, 2015: 62%). Note: No students graduated in 2014 due to an updated curriculum and change to an annual May graduation date.
  • Financial aid available.
  • Master’s prepared faculty with diverse clinical experience.
  • Simulation Lab
  • Articulation agreements with The Pennsylvania State University, Slippery Rock University and Thiel College to assist students in the planning and completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Admissions

Acceptance to Sharon Regional Medical Center's School of Nursing is coordinated by the program’s admission committee and is comprised of two steps: Taking the pre-entrance ATI TEAS test (more information below) and completing the printable application (also listed below). For more information, please refer to the School of Nursing catalog found on the main page of the School of Nursing website.

For more information or to complete an application, please click the "Apply Now" button below.

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Requests for information may be mailed to:
School of Nursing Admission Committee
Sharon Regional Medical Center
740 East State Street
Sharon, PA, 16146
Or by calling 724-983-3865.

TEAS Admissions Test
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is a 4 part pre-entrance exam (Math, English, Science and English) provide through the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI). The exam is given at the School of Nursing September-March prior to the application deadline annually. To view the dates/time and register for the test, go to www.atitesting.com. The preferred score for the ATI TEAS test is “Proficient”. Please refer to the Admission Policy/Procedure in the program catalog for more information.

Resource material to study for the TEAS admission test can be found HERE.

Financial Aid

The School of Nursing is participating in the Federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan programs (Title IV funding). Additionally, scholarships are available from a variety of sources.

Due to the individuality of each student's financial need, students may seek counseling from the school's financial aid officer by calling 724-983-3988.

Faculty

Director

Barbara A. Higgins, MSN, RN
Robert Morris University

Faculty

Michelle Spitler, MSN, RN
Western Governors University

Brittany Grove, BSN, RN
Robert Morris University 2021

Jenifer Linn, MSN, RN
Aspen University

Bonnie Thompson, MSN, RN
Clarion University

Crystal Brest, MSN, RN
Robert Morris University

Chikako Gerasimek, MS, RN
Western Governors University 2021

Brianne Doran, MSN, RN
Youngstown State University

Staff

Michelle Leech 
Financial Aid Officer

Lori Bourne
Admissions Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Advisory Board

Patty Sharper-Moore, BSN, RN, SRMC
Jennie Slabe, VP of Administrative Affairs, Primary Health Network
David Hall, LPN, Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Michelle Schmader, M. Ed., Director of Education Services, SRMC
Dr. Joan M. Humphrey, DNP, CRNP, MPH, RN, Coordinator and Assistant Teaching Professor of Nursing Programs
Wendy Karlovic, RN, NHA, CDP, Director, Risk Management, SRMC

Simulation Lab

Sharon Regional's  School of Nursing opened a simulation lab in early 2009. The availability of the lab placed the School of Nursing in the computer-assisted age of nursing education. The lab increases educational opportunities for students and provides flexibility in learning approaches for faculty.

The Simulation Lab features Laerdal VitalSim equipment: Three adult, one child and one infant simulator are available for skill acquisition and higher-level patient care simulation. The lab environment consists of a large nursing care area where the simulators are housed along with other nursing equipment. Laptop computers are available for use in numerous learning activities.

Utilizing the Simulation Lab provides a safe environment for students to practice skills prior to care of patients within the hospital. The lab also provides opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills as they progress through the curriculum.

Various scenarios are developed for each course that requires students to solve nursing problems with the simulator patients and explore all possible answers and decisions. The use of simulation is an adjunct enhancement option for use in addition to clinical experiences in the hospital setting.

In addition to the Vital Sims the lab has a Laerdal Sim MOM and a Gaumard Trauma Hal for the latest in high fidelity obstetrics and trauma simulations.

Gainful Employment Info

Registered Nurse
Program Level: Undergraduate Certificate/Nursing Diploma
Program Length: 20 months

Q. How much will this program cost me? *

A. Tuition and fees: Approximately $29,015.60
     Books and supplies: $2,000.00
     On-campus room & board: Not offered

* The amounts show above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Q. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

A. Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: $5,500.00
Private education loans: $0
Institutional financing plan: $0

The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 94% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Q. How long will it take me to complete this program?

A. The program is designed to take 20 months or five semesters to complete. 83% of those that completed the program in 2018 finished in 30 months and 80% in 2017.

Q. What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A. Both the institution's state and accreditor require the calculation of job placement for this program.

Accreditor rate: The placement rate for students who completed the program is near 100%.
State rate: The job placement rate for students who completed the program is near 100%. 2018 96%, 2017 95%, 2016 96%,  2015 92%