Conemaugh School of Nursing Offering Enhanced Tuition Assistance and Support for Fall 2022
April 26, 2022
Conemaugh Health System (CHS) has launched new enhanced incentives to help put a nursing career in reach for those who have dreamed of being a nurse but may face challenges with the time and costs involved. The new program offers eligible RN students tuition loan forgiveness, guaranteed job placement and other incentives to help the next generation of local nurses transition from education to employment.
For Fall of 2022, student nurse recruits are eligible for 100% tuition loan forgiveness and an offer of employment at one of the four hospitals within the health system upon graduation and passing of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to loan forgiveness and an employment opportunity upon graduation, students may also qualify for a $3000 stipend that may be put towards housing or living expenses and a $15,000 sign-on bonus upon hire.
“For more than 125 years, the Conemaugh School of Nursing has provided strong academic and clinical training to prepare future healthcare workers to serve our local community,” said William E. Caldwell, Market President, Conemaugh Health System. “Locally, and across the entire country, there is a critical need for more nurses and healthcare professionals. It is our hope that this newly enhanced tuition assistance program will help fund the dreams of future nurses and medical professionals right here in our community and allow them to grow their careers within our health system.”
Conemaugh Health System has a long history of hiring a significant number of nursing and allied health graduates annually, and students benefit from the advanced, integrated clinical experiences at hospitals across the system. The nursing program provides more than 900 hours of clinical experience and has a NCLEX board pass rate of 97.6%, which has helped the Conemaugh School of Nursing achieve recognition as one of the best nursing diploma programs in Pennsylvania by the Nursing Schools Almanac.
“Our school provides a flexible, supportive environment for nursing and allied health students alike,” said Dr. Bonnie Mazurak-Riga, DNP, RN, Director of Conemaugh School of Nursing and Allied Health Programs. “Following graduation, individuals are paired with a designated preceptor to help them learn and grow within the health system.””
The Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing was founded in 1896 following the establishment of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in 1892. The school has long been accredited by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing and was recently recognized as the fifth best nursing diploma program in the state. The program has graduated more than 4,165 students since its founding and is actively recruiting the next generation of nurses.