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The B.S.N. in Nursing helps students develop strong technical skills as well as the clinical judgment and critical thinking necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing healthcare system. Clinical experiences are conducted in community and hospital settings. The program offers two different tracks of study: one for high school graduates without a college degree or R.N. licensure, and another for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in other fields, such as science, humanities or business. For those seeking their B.S.N. as a second degree, the program can be completed in 15 months.

Following completion of the degree, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for practice as a registered nurse.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the School of Nursing and Health Services are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Contact Information

Donna McDermott, PhD, RN, CHSE
Department Head, Nursing
412-397-6056 phone

Katrina Pyo, PhD, RN, CHSE
BSN Program Director
412-397-6812 phone

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • BIOL1210 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL1215 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • BIOL1050 Concepts & Controversies in Nutrition
  • CSEN1010 or CSEN1020 Communication Skills 1 or 2
  • FYSP1000 First Year Studies Seminar
  • MATH0900 or MATH1010 or MATH1050 or Open Elective

Freshman Year, Spring

  • BIOL1220 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIOL1225 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • NURS2010 Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • PSYC 3550 Human Growth & Development
  • BIOL2370 Microbiology
  • BIOL2380 Microbiology Lab
  • CSEN1020 or CSCM1030 Communication Skills 2 or 3

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music
  • SOCI1010 or SOCI1020 Sociology
  • NURS2015 Pathophysiology
  • NURS2020 Nursing Assessment & Health Promotion
  • NURS2021 Nursing Assessment & Health Promotion LAB
  • CSCM1030 or CSCM2050 Communication Skills 3 or 4

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • NURS3015 Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • NURS3016 Foundations of Nursing Practice LAB
  • NURS3030 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • CSCM2040 Communication Skills 5
  • Open Elective

Junior Year, Fall

  • NURS3020 Management of Adult I
  • NURS3021 Management of Adult I Clinical
  • STAT2110 Statistics
  • Literature (core choices)
  • History/Political Science (core choices)

Junior Year, Spring

  • NURS3050 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns & Families
  • NURS3051 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns & Families Clinical
  • NURS3055 Nursing Care of Children & Families
  • NURS3056 Nursing Care of Children & Families Clinical
  • NURS3060 Nursing Ethics
  • INFS3440 Health Care Information System

Senior Year, Fall

  • NURS4015 Community Health/Health Promotion Theory & Practice
  • NURS4020 Advanced Management of Adult II NURS4021 Advanced Management of Adult II Clinical
  • NURS4025 Nursing Care of Psychiatric Clients
  • NURS4026 Nursing Care of Psychiatric Client Clinical

Senior Year, Spring

  • NURS2060 Nursing Care of the Aging Adult
  • NURS3040 Nursing Research
  • NURS4032 Transition to Professional Nursing
  • NURS4035 NCLEX Licensure Preparation
  • NURS4041 Preparation for Professional Practice

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Introduction to Professional Nursing
Nursing Care - Children & Families
NCLEX Licensure Prep Success
Major Credits
Nursing, Biology
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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