The primary focus of the program is on the use of nursing process to support health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic, and restorative care in diverse settings. These settings include hospitals, homes, schools, nursing homes/personal care homes, and home health and community agencies.
Upon graduation, a BSN student is eligible to take the State Board Examination in Nursing (NCLEX-RN) and is prepared to practice as a generalist who is able to utilize the nursing process in a variety of health care settings. Graduate education in nursing generally requires that an applicant have a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and an undergraduate statistics course.
The urban location of the University offers multiple opportunities for student involvement in many dimensions of health care and contemporary life. Clinical nursing experience is an integral part of the program and is provided at various health agencies in the area. Magee- Women’s Hospital of UPMC, UPMC Mercy, various UPMC locations, VA Pittsburgh Health System (Highland Drive and University Drive), Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and community agencies are examples. Students must provide their own transportation. Public transportation is generally available.
A nursing major requires 120 credits for graduation. These credits are in courses in the nursing major, general education, support, and the liberal arts, including University core requirements. Students enroll in the first clinical nursing course the first semester of the sophomore year in the program following successful completion of required support courses for the major.