Nursing - AS

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    Program Contact: Dr. Jean Truman

    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 provisionally 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


    Please complete the electronic admission application, The completed application is due no later than April 1, 2015 for fall term 2015 admission. Any questions may be directed to:  Laurie Dennis  lbd4@pitt.eduThis form is intended for current Pitt-Bradford students only.  All other students seeking admission to the AS-Nursing program must contact the Admissions Office, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at 1-800-872-1787, or send an e-mail at .


     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 combined SAT score of 1025 (math and critical reading) , or a minimum composite ACT score of 22. 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: 65


    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.  


    Boser, Mary

    Ms. Mary Boser

    Assistant Professor of Nursing


    250 Swarts Hall

    Dinger Mary

    Ms. Mary Dinger

    Instructor of Nursing


    252 Swarts Hall

    Fiorentino, Lisa

    Dr. Lisa Fiorentino

    Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Rural Health Practice

    814-362-7646 FAX# 814-362-5044

    Seneca Building 2 Main Street, Suite 214

    Haley Tammy

    Dr. Tammy Haley

    Director of Nursing and Radiological Sciences, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Coordinator of the BSN Program


    254 Swarts Hall

    Truman Jean

    Dr. Jean Truman

    ASN Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Nursing


    249 Swarts Hall


    Ms. Martha Dibble

    Instructor of Nursing


    251 Swarts Hall