The BSN degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, ranked seventh overall in the 2008 US News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Additionally, the School of Nursing ranks fifth, nationally, in receiving National Institute of Health research dollars. The program builds upon the School of Nursing’s solid quality while offering the benefits of a smaller campus, and will include a unique capstone that focuses on rural health issues. The strong quality of the program is reflected in a 95% BSN Licensure (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rate.
The Pitt-Johnstown program combines clinical practice with traditional nursing theory and values that emphasize holistic patient care. Students in the program will develop a strong theoretical base of biological and behavioral sciences with a foundation in the liberal arts, providing them with the skills and experience necessary for careers in today’s nursing profession. Through community partnerships with healthcare providers such as Windber Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center, and Select Speciality Hospital, students receive real-world preparation through high-quality clinical experiences.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and American Nurses Association (ANA) recognize the four-year Bachelor of Science degree in nursing as the critical first step for a career in professional nursing. The AACN also reports that “the BSN nurse is the only basic nursing graduate preferred to practice in all health care settings, and thus has the greatest employment flexibility of any entry-level RN.” In addition to critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills, the BSN curriculum includes components such as community health nursing, research, informatics, and genetics, which are not typically included in diploma or associate-degree programs.
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