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Nursing - AS

Provide and coordinate patient care and support them and their families.

In honor of #NursesWeek, we'll be sharing stories from our graduates who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Erica Antonuccio, a 2011 Pitt-Bradford graduate, reached out to us to tell her story. 

Antonuccio is a traveling registered nurse and has been working in New York City. To care for her COVID-19 patients, Antonuccio has depended on the critical-thinking skills she earned in the Pitt-Bradford nursing program.

WHY STUDY NURSING?

Nurses are in high demand. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 12% through 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.  U.S. News & World Report ranked registered nurses 19th on the list of 100 Best Jobs in 2019. Demand will increase as our population ages. Nurses will also be needed to care for and educate patients with various chronic conditions such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes and obesity.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In our two-year program, you'll study in the classroom and combine technology in our simulation and learning skills labs to learn about a variety of nursing specialties, such as  medical-surgical, maternal-child, psychiatric and surgical nursing. You'll also get hands-on experience, caring for patients at several of the health care facilities in the region, starting in the very first semester of the AS program.

Nursing student with mannequin

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN NURSING?

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 variety of hospital or healthcare settings. 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.

Job titles:

  • ICU nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • ER nurse
  • Urology nurse

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice care
  • Home health care
  • Disability services
  • Nonprofit organizations

MORE TO KNOW:

Our nursing programs have been awarded accreditation for achievement of quality and excellence in nursing education through spring 2020 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peach Rd., North East Suite, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404.975.5000; fax: 404.975.5020; or https://www.acenursing.org. In addition, The ASN degree program is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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.

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 combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1025 (old test) or 1110 (new test). If you take the ACT, your composite score must be at least 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.

LPN-RN Option

In 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 LPN If 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:

  • The National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examination I Practical Nurse-Registered Nurse (NLN ACE I PN-RN) Foundations of Nursing
  • Nursing 0100 Transition Nursing for LPNs

Titusville location

The ASN program is available in Bradford and Titusville PA.

Additional Information

The Programs in Nursing require that students complete clinical rotations, fieldwork, and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university.  Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

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 Manor
Bradford Ecumenical Home
The Pavilion at BRMC
Bradford Regional Medical Center
Penn Highlands DuBois
Penn Highlands Elk
UPMC Kane
Kane Lutheran Home        
Warren General Hospital  
Warren State Hospital
Bradford Recovery Systems
Dickinson Mental Health
Physicians Offices
Childbirth Education Classes
Visiting Nurses' Association
George G. Blaisdell Elementary School
UPMC Cole

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 and access grades online), and the ability to communicate electronically through e-mail, discussion boards and chat may be used within the context of the course. 

UNIQUE PROGRAM FEATURES

CPR

Distinction one:

Students begin hands-on practice in the clinical setting in the first semester of the program.

Small classroom

Distinction two:

Every nursing student has a nursing faculty advisor to guide them in their academic progress.

Hospital

Distinction three:

Many students are hired right after graduation in hospitals and other health care settings.

Pitt-Bradford's nursing professors did an excellent job of preparing me to enter the profession of nursing. Billijo Kriner '17, nurse at Penn Highland Hospital, St. Marys, PA