University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Nursing - AS

Program Name: Nursing

Program Designation: A.S.

Program Contact: Dr. Jean Truman

Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

Program Description:

You’ve always wanted to care for people, right? Make them feel better when they’re sick? Help them live healthier lives? Well, that’s exactly what a nurse does, so a nursing major may be a great choice for you. 

In our two-year nursing program, you’ll study in the classroom and combine technology to learn about a variety of nursing specialties. Specialties such as medical-surgical, maternal-child, psychiatric, surgical, community and home health care nursing. You’ll also get hands-on experience, caring for patients at several of the health care facilities in the region, and learning on our new computerized mannequins. 

Watch our students work in the nursing lab and Professor Fiorentino explain more about the nursing program. 

Once you get your degree, you’ll be ready to take the national exam to become a licensed, registered nurse. With your RN license you’ll be ready for one of the many nursing jobs available. You could work at a hospital, a nursing home or a community agency. You can also go beyond to further your education and get your bachelor’s, or master’s degree as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or educator in nursing.

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What you can do with a degree in Nursing-AS.

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program is fully approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). ASN graduates are required to take the national examination for registered nurse licensure. A person with criminal convictions may be prohibited from licensure as a registered nurse by the boards of nursing in various states. Prospective students in that situation should call the board of nursing in the state where they plan to practice.  

Accredited by the ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
1-800-669-1656

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Each year, we have limited seats available for students in the nursing major. Students admitted to our two-year program need to meet the requirements for admission to the university and the following additional requirements:

Successful completion of a minimum of 16 high school or beyond units including:

  • 4 units in English
  • 2 units in Mathematics (1 unit must be in Algebra)
  • 3 units in Social Science
  • 1 unit in Biology with a related laboratory
  • 1 unit in Chemistry with a related laboratory
  • 5 units academic electives 


Prospective students will be admitted directly with a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 and a minimum SAT score (or ACT equivalent score) of 1025. Students transferring from another college or university must have completed a minimum of 12 college-level credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Students failing to meet these criteria may be admitted to a preparatory program.

All applicants must arrange for all information to be released and sent to the Office of Admissions before any admissions decision can be rendered.

Students must attain a minimum grade of “C“ in all required nursing courses and a minimum grade of “C-“ in all required General Education and elective courses.

Course Requirements in the Major

Required for Some Students

Total Credits for Major: 68

Additional Information:

LPN-RN OptionIn addition to the admission requirements, if you are a licensed practical nurse seeking admission to the program, you must be a graduate of a state-approved LPN program, provide evidence of a current LPN license, and submit two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your clinical work.

Advanced Standing for the LPNIf you're an LPN and have been admitted to our associate degree program, you may be granted five credits in nursing by successfully completing the following requirements:

  1. The National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examination I Practical Nurse-Registered Nurse (NLN ACE I PN-RN) Foundations of Nursing
  2. (2.00=C) of Nursing 0100 Transition Nursing for LPNs

With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, our nursing students take an active part in the learning process. 
The curriculum offers numerous opportunities for practical hands-on experiences, with clinical instruction provided in the following local and surrounding agencies:

Bradford Ecumenical Home
The Pavilion at BRMC
Bradford Regional Medical Center
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
DuBois Regional Medical Center
Elk Regional Health Center
Kane Community Hospital
Kane Lutheran Home        
Warren General Hospital  
Warren State Hospital
Bradford Recovery Systems
Futures Rehabilitation Center of Bradford
Dickinson Mental Health
Physicians Offices
Childbirth Education Classes
Visiting Nurses' Association
Bradford Senior Activity Center
George G. Blaisdell Elementary School
Children’s Center of Treatment & Education 

Distance Education at UPB is offered in a variety of ways, including Interactive Television (ITV), Online/web and Hybrid courses. 

Blackboard Academic Suite is the e-Education Platform employed by the University of Pittsburgh for course management and delivery.  Course materials are placed on individual course web sites.  A variety of tools (such as the ability to send documents electronically, access grades online, WIKIs), and the ability to communicate electronically through e-mail, discussion boards, BLOGS, and chat may be used within the context of the course.