Become a licensed registered nurse: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Are you ready to make a difference in health care? As a graduate of Carlow’s highly regarded nursing program, you’ll be able to hit the ground running as a nurse, or take your nursing career to the next level. NCLEX pass rates for graduates of our pre-licensure BSN nursing program are among the highest in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Carlow’s urban location offers opportunities for student involvement in many dimensions of health care.

As you progress through the program, you will learn to think clearly and creatively, pursue intellectual endeavors, and respond ethically in a spirit of cultural competence and social justice. The program serves as a basis for graduate study and a foundation for lifelong learning.




On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

BSN nursing curriculum 

Carlow’s BSN nursing program requires 120 credits (63 must be completed at Carlow) in the nursing major, general education, support and the liberal arts. You will enroll in the first clinical nursing course the first semester of your sophomore year after successful completion of required support courses. Clinical nursing experience is provided at various health agencies in the area.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum meets the requirements for NCLEX and APRN licensure in all U.S. states and territories.

Quick Facts

  • Gain hands-on experience in our simulation lab, CSCIL
  • Study in the heart of Pittsburgh’s medical district and benefit from Carlow’s close ties with area health care providers
  • Study abroad

Career opportunities for Bachelor of Science in Nursing

After completing the BSN nursing program, you will be eligible to take the State Board Examination in Nursing (NCLEX-RN) and be prepared to practice as a generalist in a variety of health care settings. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for registered nurses will grow 7% from 2019 to 2029. Growth will occur because of an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health care services from baby boomers.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
  • First-time, first-year undergraduate student
    • GPA only: minimum 3.40 cumulative high school GPA
    • GPA & test scores: minimum 3.00 cumulative high school GPA with one of the following:
      • SAT score 1060+
      • ACT score 21+
      • CLT score 68+
  • Transfer student: Minimum 3.250 cumulative college GPA


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is also available through Carlow’s partnership with Saint Vincent College.

Nursing faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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