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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Jan 27, 2023
2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog

Nursing, BSN

Contact: Dr. Jean Truman

The Unit in Nursing prepares professional nurses for entry to practice at the associate degree level and provides further education for the registered nurse at the more advanced baccalaureate level of practice. This includes advanced clinical skills and preparation for independent leadership and management roles in a variety of settings.

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program (ASN) is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly 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.

The RN-BSN degree completion program is accredited by ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC)

ACEN-Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC)

3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, Georgia 30326


Admission Criteria

  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official College/University Transcripts (all school attended)
  • Copy of current Pennsylvania RN licensure*

*PA-RN licensure must be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment in the program.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • 35 credits of lower level nursing courses (ASN or Diploma) from an approved school
  • One of the following:
  1. Graduation from an approved associate or diploma program within 3 years prior to consideration 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 1000 hours nursing practice within 3 years prior to consideration for admission to the RN-BSN Program.

Pre-BSN Prerequisite Courses

Includes all General Education Program requirements with the exception of capstone and upper-level writing requirements. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 0202, BIOL 0212, BIOL 0213, BIOL 0222, BIOL 0223, and CHEM 0103 is required by the nursing program

Required Courses

Suggested Course of Study (full-time study, degree completion track)

Suggested Course of Study BS in Nursing (part-time study, degree completion track)

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships 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.


Please note, that Pitt Bradford is located in rural Pennsylvania.  Clinical experiences throughout the ASN and RN-BSN programs necessitate travel to agencies within and beyond the Bradford community in order to facilitate student’s meeting program outcomes. When the student is enrolled in a course necessitating travel to community agencies, the student is responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the agency.  Students are not permitted to travel in agency-employee-vehicles during clinical or observational experiences.

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