University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Nursing - BSN

Program Name: Nursing

Program Designation: B.S.N.

Program Contact: Tammy Haley - Coordinator of the BSN Program

Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

Program Description:

Are you a registered nurse looking to advance your education? Your career? Would you like to have a leadership role where you work? Then the RN-BSN program may be for you.

Our program prepares nurses for a more advanced level of practice and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. As a student in our bachelor’s degree program, you’ll take a variety of courses. You’ll also have many opportunities for hands-on experiences at various locations, including hospitals and doctors’ offices and community health settings.

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

When you earn your degree, you’ll have the advanced skills you need to assume a leadership or management role.

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

What you can do with a degree in Nursing - BSN. Suggested 4 year plan of study.

Admission criteria for RN-BSN Program

1.     Completed Pitt-Bradford Admission Application
        a.  Official High School Transcripts
        b.  Official College/University Transcripts (all schools attended)
        c.  Copy of current Pennsylvania RN licensure

2.     PA-RN Licensure is required throughout your enrollment in the program

3.     Minimum cumulative QPA of 2.5

4.     35 credits of lower-level nursing courses (ASN or diploma) from an approved school

5.     One of the following:
        a.  Graduation from an approved associate or diploma program within 3 years before being considered for admission to the RN-BSN program.
        b.  Graduation from an approved associate or diploma program more than 3 years ago but with evidence of at least 1,000 hours nursing practice within 3 years prior before being considered for admission to the RN-BSN program.

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.  

RN-BSN students in the St. Mary’s, PA geographical area are able to complete some of the requirements (nursing and general education) toward the degree both onsite and through distance education (ITV, Online/web, Hybrid) at the Community Education Council (CEC) in St Mary’s.  Online/web based courses feature web-based instruction and interaction; students interact with their instructors and other students through the course website, participating in online discussion and activities.  Hybrid courses combine web-based interaction and some face-to-face instruction and interaction; students attend/participate in scheduled meetings or classes and participate in online discussions and activities.   

 Required and elective nursing courses in the RN-BSN program are offered using ITV, Hybrid, or a combination of ITV/Hybrid course types from the UPB campus to the CEC in St Mary’s with students simultaneously enrolled in a course in Bradford and in St Marys.

  General Education Requirements in the RN-BSN Major

Includes all General Education Program requirements with the exception of capstone and upper-level writing requirements.

Course Requirements in the Major

Total Credits for Major: 120

Additional Information:

The curriculum offers numerous opportunities for practical experiences with clinical instruction provided in the following local and surrounding agencies:

Bradford Regional Medical Center 
Warren General Hospital
Brookville Hospital
Bradford Senior Activity Center
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
Home Health Care
DuBois Regional Medial Center
PA State Health Department
Kane Community Hospital
Physician's Offices
Elk Regional Health Center

ROTC-BSN students may receive three credits toward the upper level nursing electives upon successful completion of the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) or the ROTC Nursing Summer Training Program (NSTP).

Pitt Freshman Guarantee:

School of Nursing Guarantee 

  • When you apply for admission, indicate Nursing on your application.
  • Be in the top 10% of high school graduating class with a minimum 1350 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) score or 31 ACT.
  • Participate in research opportunities in addition to curricular requirements.
  • Establish a relationship with a faculty member (for mentoring) in area of interest by the first term of your senior year.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree with a science and general grade point average of at least 3.5.
  • Attain a score of 310 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Fulfill all specific requirements for selected graduate program.
  • If you're offered the guarantee, you will get the option to pursue either the master’s, DNP, or PhD program in nursing.
  • For information about the graduate programs in the School of Nursing, go to www.nursing.pitt.edu/academics.