Where you get your BSN matters because it's a degree that will open professional doors. Gina Minerva is a full-time registered nurse (RN) at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Her daughter Jayna Baker is an RN in an infant care unit at Excela Health in Westmoreland County. Read their story.
Earn your BSN at Carlow University
Are you a busy RN looking for a competitive edge?
Each year, more and more employers are requiring nurses to obtain
their BSN degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). At Carlow, we
offer an RN to BSN online (in addition to all in-class, or a hybrid
of online and in-class). Our program provides an excellent base for
lifelong learning, professional employment, and graduate
Up to 12 credits of graduate coursework can be taken as part of the RN to BSN program. Those credits are also priced at the undergraduate credit rate of $495. This allows students to save up to $10,000 off an MSN degree!
It's time to advance your professional career and earn a BSN
degree from Carlow University. In our highly flexible
program, you will be able to balance school, work, and other life
commitments while earning an impactful degree. A nationwide goal is
to have 80% of the nursing workforce be BSN-trained by 2020.
Employers will look to hire and promote nurses with their BSNs, so
now is a great time to take your nursing career one step
Ready to move up in the nursing world? Apply
Scholarship Opportunity: Due to a generous donation from Highmark, there are a limited number of $5,000 scholarships available for RN to BSN and Second Degree BSN students who demonstrate financial need and who will enroll at least half-time at Carlow University as undergraduate students in Fall 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
RN to BSN Highlights
- Receive 30 credits for your RN license*
- Complete your BSN in as few as 11 months
- Take classes online or at the Greensburg, Cranberry, and main Oakland campuses
- Carlow accepts up to 88 transfer credits—a minimum of 32 credits must be completed at Carlow
*A license in the state in which the nurse is currently practicing is required. This program is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Limited clinical practicum is required, as the program relies heavily on the experience gained during completion of the RN licensure.
RN to BSN Admissions Requirements
A current, active, valid, unrestricted nursing license as a
Registered Nurse in the state or commonwealth of active practice is
required. Candidates must be a graduate of an accredited nursing
program. The RN to BSN major requires 120 credits for graduation.
Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for the RN license,
24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general
education, support, and liberal arts, including university core
In partnership with the local community colleges (CCAC, BCCC, and WCCC), and UPMC Schools of Nursing: Shadyside, Mercy, and St. Margaret, Carlow offers a joint admissions RN-BSN program. For more information
on the joint admission program, view the webpage
or contact Wendy Phillips
Partnerships For Students Beginning in Fall 2018
The following Healthcare Systems can receive a 10% tuition reduction if they enroll in the RN to BSN nursing program for Fall 2018:
RN to BSN Notable Courses
NU 405 Nursing Leadership and Management for the
This required course focuses on the concepts of nursing
leadership and the management skills that are as important to
professional nurses as clinical knowledge and skills. Although
management theory and process is universal, and its principles are
used in a variety of organizational settings, this course will
focus on the process in nursing administration and the management
of health care units, agencies, and workers.
450 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING FOR THE RN
Come out of the hospital and into the community! NU 450 provides Registered
Nurses with the opportunity to identify, discuss, and evaluate current issues
related to community based nursing and public health practice. Students will work
with individuals, clients and community groups toward the achievement of
mutually agreed upon health-related goals.
435: CAPSTONE: EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
Make a difference in the delivery of quality and safe care practice. NU 435 is a culmination of the learned experiences of the student in the RN-BSN
nursing program. The focus of this course encompasses Quality and Safety
Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that
are goal directed.
Note: this is just
a small sample of the variety of classes
you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more,
please visit the Course Catalog section of our
website or request more
information to hear from an Admissions