Nursing - BSN

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    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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 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.

    Review our Faculty & Graduate Survey Results and Student Achievement Outcome data

    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
      • Official High School Transcripts
      • Official College/University Transcripts (all schools attended)
      • Copy of current Pennsylvania RN licensure
    2. 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:
      1. Graduation from an approved associate or diploma program within 3 years before being considered for admission to the RN-BSN program.
      2. 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.  


    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

    Boser, Mary

    Ms. Mary Boser

    Assistant Professor of Nursing


    250 Swarts Hall

    Dinger Mary

    Ms. Mary Dinger

    Assistant Professor 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

    Marilyn Horne Hall 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

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Registered Nurse at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, PA
    • Registered Nurse at Genesis Healthcare, Philadelphia, PA
    • Registered Nurse at Kane Community Hospital, Kane, PA
    • Registered Nurse at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
    • Cardiac nurse at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA
    • Maternity registered nurse at Warren General Hospital in Warren, PA
    • Nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Penn Highlands Healthcare in Dubois, PA
    • Nursing supervisor at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, PA
    • Nurse in the cardiovascular unit of Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA
    • Nurse at Bradford Ecumenical Home 
    • Nurse at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh 
    • Nurse at Grove City Medical Center in Grove City, PA
    • Nursing supervisor at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, PA
    • Clinical case manager at PSA Healthcare in Port Allegany, PA 
    • Psychiatric nurse at UPMC 
    • Nursing care manager at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA