AHN Citizens School of Nursing Now Accepting Applications for New Part-Time Nursing Program

Updated on August 29, 2023

Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Citizens School of Nursing is now accepting applications for its new part-time nursing program, which begins in January 2024. 

Classes will be held on weekends and one evening per week over a 36-month period, providing increased flexibility for students who are seeking educational options outside of the traditional full-time nursing program schedule. The part-time option is ideal for students who may work or serve as caregivers during the weekdays. 

“The part-time program is a convenient option for individuals who may want to become a registered nurse but haven’t found a program that fits their schedule,” said Ruth Tarantine, DNP, MSN, RN, Director for the AHN Schools of Nursing. “This new option for students provides the flexibility to continue working or caring for your family while still earning your diploma and advancing your career.” 

The curriculum for the part-time program is identical to the school’s full-time program, offering classroom learning and hands-on clinical experiences led by highly qualified faculty members. While the 36-month part-time program is set at a slower pace than the 22-month full-time program, both options allow students to finish earlier than standard four-year collegiate programs. 

Additionally, over 90% of graduates who seek employment as entry-level registered nurses will obtain a position in a health care setting within one year of graduation. Many AHN nursing school graduates are hired to work within the network’s hospitals post-graduation with a highly competitive salary. 

Conveniently located inside of the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall off Route 28, Citizens School of Nursing offers free, on-site parking for students in a spacious facility with low student-to-teacher ratios. 

AHN’s Schools of Nursing offer several forms of financial aid such as federal government grants, federal student loans, state grants, scholarships, and private educational loans.

AHN is one of just a handful of hospital systems to operate multiple nursing schools. Since the 1970s, as college nursing programs proliferated nationally, hospital-affiliated diploma programs began to close. However, the Northeast states, and Pennsylvania in particular, maintain a strong tradition of hospital-based education for nurses.

“It’s vital that we implement innovative strategies to recruit and retain aspiring nurses amid the nationwide nurse shortage,” said Angela Costa, MPM, BSN, RN, interim Chief Nurse Executive for AHN. “Initial interest in the part-time program has been very encouraging and we look forward to seeing how it will create new, more flexible opportunities for students.”  

Applications for the part-time program will be accepted through November 15. Learn more about Citizens School of Nursing here

Information sessions for the program are scheduled for each month through November. To contact Citizens School of Nursing for additional information about the part-time or full-time nursing programs, email [email protected].

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