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What will I learn?

The purpose of the baccalaureate program is to prepare a professional nurse whose practice is based upon nursing science, related sciences and the arts in order to promote, restore, and maintain the health of human beings. Graduates of the program are generalists with the necessary base for graduate education and continuing professional development.

Education for the practice of professional nursing demands a substantial knowledge of nursing, using the behavioral and biological sciences as a theoretical base. Throughout the program, nursing courses are taken concurrently with courses in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, contributing to the development of the liberally educated practitioner.

The first year establishes the foundation for the study of nursing with an introduction to concepts and theories related to understanding nursing practice. Clinical study is introduced in the second year with the focus on health promotion and identification of risk factors. Clinical nursing skills are practiced first in the School's Skills Laboratory.

Clinical experiences take place in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, senior citizens' centers, and long term and acute care facilities. Third year nursing courses focus on the care of individuals and families of all ages who are experiencing the stress of illness. Clinical experiences take place in acute care settings. During the fourth (final) year, student clinical experiences are planned to encourage synthesis of knowledge gained in preceding years and focus on individuals, families, and communities. Students provide care to those experiencing more complex illnesses and problems.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The graduate of the baccalaureate (BSN) program will:

Synthesize knowledge from liberal education with professional nursing

Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.

Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.

Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe, effective nursing practice.

Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing and other health professionals’ practice.

Incorporate effective communication skills to contribute the nursing perspective to interprofessional teams to optimize patient outcomes.

Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team to develop an assessment and intervention plan that takes into account determinants of health and available resources that contribute clinical prevention and population health.

Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors that demonstrate the nursing standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.

Implement holistic, evidenced-based, safe patient-centered care across the health illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$41,508.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 January 2021


School of Nursing

3500 Victoria Street,

Victoria Building,



15261, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (based on 4.0).

For international students

The School of Nursing admits applicants to the pre-licensure baccalaureate program who are:

  • High school graduates

All students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree must apply and be accepted into the School of Nursing. Admission to other schools of the University or to the regional campuses does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.

English Language Scores: A 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with sub-scores of 21 or higher is considered competitive, a 7.0 IELTS with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher, or a 120 or higher Duolingo score. Application Deadlines: April 1: fall term (August); October 1: spring term (January).

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About this uni

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions for higher education in the United States, boasting impressive alumni.

  • One of the oldest universities in the U.S.
  • #1 Northeastern public university (WSJ, 2020)
  • In 2019, Pitt was listed as a lead university on 79 patents
  • Signature building is a 42-story Gothic Revival skyscraper