Bachelor in Nursing


Program Description


The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing offers students a choice of two tracks in which they can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, Pre-licensure) degree. Students can choose the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track or, for those who have already earned their nursing license, the RN to BSN track.

If your career goal is to become a registered nurse or to build a bridge to become an advanced practice nurse, the BSN program at the Bradley School of Nursing is the perfect option for you.

In fact, as our population ages, a BSN may soon be a requirement for nurses. The “Future of Nursing Report,” issued by the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recommends that 80% of registered nurses have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree by 2020.


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Major Distinctives

Pittsburg State University’s BSN program prepares graduates for success in today’s clinical setting. Our experienced faculty, many of whom continue to practice in the field, provide students with the guidance and leadership they need to successfully earn their licensure. In fact, the Bradley School of Nursing boasts a 2018 NCLEX Registered Nurse Board Pass Rate of 98.68% and a 2019 NCLEX Registered Nurse Board Pass Rate of 91.03% (A phenomenal achievement when you consider the national pass rate is just 89 percent.) This rate takes into account ALL students admitted into the program, not just those who sit for the NCLEX. It’s an astounding number and a true reflection of the expertise of the university’s faculty. 

Career Options

Program graduates are qualified for many nursing roles including:

  • Staff Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Nursing Education
  • Case Management
  • Discharge Planner
  • Many More

Earning your BSN is also a stepping-stone to more advanced nursing roles, including nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse leader, or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

The median annual wage for Registered Nursing professionals was $68,450 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to grow by 16 percent between now and 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations.

Internship and research opportunities

Students will have many opportunities for research including the university’s annual Research Colloquium and Undergraduate Day at the Capitol. These and many more opportunities are available to students within the RN to BSN program.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to Pittsburg State University
  2. Send transcripts, either electronically or by mail, to the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Complete BSN program application. 

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Pittsburg State University accepts credit from all regionally accredited U.S. institutions and all Ministry of Education approved international institutions. PSU also accepts military course credits evaluated by the American Council on Education, AP, and CLEP examination credits.

A Transfer Equivalency Guide has been created to help you better understand how courses may transfer. This guide is not a guarantee or a contract. PSU reserves the right to determine the acceptability of credit toward individual degree programs at the discretion of the academic major department. You must submit official transcripts of all coursework completed before a final determination is made.

Application for Admission

If you do not meet either of the guaranteed requirements, you are still encouraged to apply. Your application will be reviewed individually.

As you begin your application for admission to Pittsburg State University, please note the following features of our on-line application:

  • The online application is designed to allow you to progress as your schedule allows. We encourage you to complete the process in one sitting, but if that is not possible, you may exit after saving any section and return at a later time to complete the rest.
  • If you have questions about a section of the application, please click on the near the item. A box will pop up with additional information regarding the particular item.
  • Each section of an application is listed on the left side of the screen. The continue button at the bottom of each screen will save the information you have completed in that section and move you to the next section.
  • As a section is completed, a  will appear next to that section. You may still add additional information to a completed section.
  • Your application for admission cannot be submitted until all sections are complete.
  • Payment of the application fee is required before your application will be processed.
  • If you will be applying as a degree-seeking freshman, be sure you have a copy of your high school transcript or another listing of your high school coursework, including GPA and course grades. You will not be able to accurately complete your application without this information readily available. Applicants must indicate courses, grades, credits, and test scores on the application which will be used by the Office of Admission to make initial admission decisions.   Upon request, official transcript(s) and test scores will be required for validation.
  • The application for admission and scholarships must be completed and submitted along with all required transcripts and additional documentation by February 1 (or December 15 for transfer students starting in the spring semester) to be eligible for Admission Scholarships.  Admission Scholarships will be awarded contingent upon funding.  (Self-reported information is not accepted for scholarship purposes).


Flat rate tuition

The affordability you need. The flexibility you want. Our Flat-Rate Tuition program allows full-time undergraduate students (enrolled in at least 12 credit hours) and graduate students (enrolled in 9 or more credit hours) to pay a single tuition rate regardless of the number of total credits taken. Want to explore a topic outside of your major or take additional courses to help accelerate your graduation date? Thanks to our Flat-Rate you can do so without paying additional tuition. Whether you're taking 10 hours or 20 hours, you pay the same rate.

Undergraduate tuition (Undergraduate In-State1 and Gorilla Advantage1 Tuition & Costs)

Tuition & costs per semester (the academic year 2019-2020 )  
Tuition (flat rate, incl. campus fees) $3,669
+ Books & Supplies (estimated) $500
+ Residence Hall Living (estimated) $3,998
Semester Total (estimated) $8,167
Academic Year Total* (estimated) $16,334

International Undergraduate Tuition & Costs

Tuition & costs 2019-2020 (fall and spring semester)  
Tuition (flat rate, incl. campus fees) $18,682
+ Sickness/Accident Insurance - 12-month coverage (Required) $1,772
+ Books & Supplies (estimated) $1,000
+ Living Expenses (estimated) $7,996
+ Orientation & SEVIS Compliance $80
Academic Year Total* (estimated) $29,530

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Pitt State offers its students many opportunities for scholarships & financial assistance. 

We understand that, as a student, your focus should be on the classroom and not on the paperwork. The professionals in our Office of Student Financial Assistance are here to provide you with the information you need to make the right choices about financial aid.

Nearly 80 percent of Pitt State students receive some sort of financial aid, including:

  • Grants: assistance that does not require repayment
  • Scholarships: awards for students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement or meet specific criteria, which do not require repayment
  • Employment: about 10% of our students are employed on campus
  • Loans: loans can be made to parents and/or students, and must be repaid

In many cases, our student financial assistance professionals can help you combine these options into a personal package that fits your individual need. The amount of assistance you receive is based upon your family’s expected contribution to your educational costs.

It's important to get applications in early - Admission Scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted. Application for the fall semester are due February 1, and December 15 for the spring semester. Due on these dates:

  • Admission application
  • Scholarship applications
  • All required documentation (self-reported information is not accepted for scholarship purposes)
Last updated May 2020

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