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Nursing Major: Pre-Licensure Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Carlow University’s NCLEX pass rates are among the highest in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University. In this 120-credit, pre-licensure BSN program, you will learn the use of nursing process to support health promotion, disease prevention, and therapeutic and restorative care in diverse settings. These settings include hospitals, homes, schools, nursing homes, and home health and community agencies.

Your comprehensive education will culminate after graduation when you take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed registered nurse. Here at Carlow, you learn everything you need to work as a generalist able to utilize the nursing process in a variety of healthcare settings.

BSN Program Highlights

  • Urban location offers multiple opportunities for student involvement
  • Clinical nursing experience provided at various health agencies in the area
  • Prerequisites are built into the Bachelor's program


Students from Saint Vincent College can complete a Carlow University bachelor of science in nursing program on-site at Saint Vincent! Click here for more information.

BSN Program Requirements

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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sample Courses   

NU 102 Professional Issues

This course will focus on the very rudiments of the nursing profession. The student will be introduced to the history, philosophy, processes and the multiple roles involved in nursing practice. The student will be asked to provide assignments that are introspective and start the foundation on which to assess personal values and understand professional responsibilities in nursing. Discussions will involve current issues related to health care: socioeconomics, environments, politics, and known risk behaviors/modifications (QSEN) in theory before clinical experience.

NU 2161/2162 Health Assessment and Fundamentals

This theory/clinical course introduces the student to the process of health assessment based on the principles of anatomy and physiology necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. The fundamentals of direct patient-centered care using the nursing process to guide safe, competent, legal, ethical, and professional nursing practice will be introduced. Students will examine individual and family roles across diverse populations. Students are afforded opportunities in simulation and clinical settings to apply assessment and communication skills while beginning to implement basic nursing care interventions. 4 credits (3 theory, 1 clinical)

NU 4111/4112 Leadership into Professional Nursing

This course synthesizes theory and practical nursing experience into nursing practice that is safe, evidence-based, and reflective of a broad-based liberal arts education. It is the merging of knowledge and experience, evaluation of self, and the ability to provide safe and effective patient-centered care. A capstone project (NU 463 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone) will be incorporated into the practicum experience that focuses on development of an evidence-based practice change proposal arising from/within the practicum setting. Also addressed are the issues that affect current nursing care. This course provides an insightful and evaluative transition to professional practice. 4 credits (2 theory, 2 clinical)

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. 

Where Our Graduates Go

This is just a small sample of where recent graduates of Carlow are working:

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • UPMC Passavant, Shadyside, St. Margaret
  • Excela Health
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Penn State
  • Monongahela Valley Hospital