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About the School of Nursing

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing is a full time 3 year non-resident RN diploma nursing program. The educational program includes two years (six terms) of nursing courses and one year (two semesters) of prerequisite university courses. The nursing course component builds on a base of 30 credits from Penn State University Schuylkill Campus. Required courses completed at other colleges and universities will also be considered for transfer.

Nurses in the ClassroomProven History
The School of Nursing was established in 1895 with the incorporation of the Pottsville Hospital which later became The Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic, then Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson and now Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill S. Jackson Street, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network in Schuylkill County. The school has graduated well over 2000 graduates and continues to be the primary educator of registered nurses for Schuylkill and surrounding counties.

Health System Focused
Located in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, a small city in rural Schuylkill County, the school is on the South Jackson Street Campus, a complex of numerous buildings where comprehensive health care services are provided to the surrounding community. These services afford the student the opportunity to learn and gain experience in varied patient care settings such as medical-surgical, perioperative, maternal-child, both inpatient and outpatient adult and emergency care, home health and a variety of clinics and ancillary health services. With a unique combination of extensive classroom learning and clinical experience, the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at graduate is prepared to meet the challenges of present and future patient care.

Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).   The School is a member of the National League for Nursing, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and the National Coalition of Hospital Associated Schools and Colleges of Nursing.


Learning Environment
Nurse in the Medical CenterNever before have there been so many exciting opportunities in the Nursing profession. You can now take the step to become a Registered Nurse at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing. The School of Nursing is located at Washington and Jackson Streets. It is a commuter school and houses classrooms, laboratories, a library, and faculty and administrative offices. All classrooms are equipped for use of audio-visual teaching equipment. In addition, the Computer and Learning Resource Centers offer computer-assisted instruction and a variety of interactive video programs.

Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill, S. Jackson Street and East Norwegian Street, provide students with clinical experiences which complement classroom instruction. There are also additional off-campus clinical sites and agencies used to further expand experience and learning.

While some off-campus experiences are located within walking distance of the School, others will require access to a car. Car-pooling is encouraged whenever possible; however, each student is responsible for arranging their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites.

The student body consists of individuals, male and female, of varied ages, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. In addition to learning, students often establish friendships that last a life time.