University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown’s Nursing Program Reports a 100% Pass-rate


 The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Nursing Program reports a 100% pass-rate of rigorous National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) examination for licensing of nurses in the United States. The nursing license, granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, gives students the permission to practice nursing. Students who passed the exam were December 2020 and April 2021 graduates of Pitt Johnstown’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our exceptional Nursing graduates, who are embarking on promising careers in the health care arena,” said Dr. Janet Grady, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Division Chair of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our students have shown themselves to be highly competent and caring professionals, excelling in classroom, clinical, and community settings. We have no doubt they will have a huge positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities they serve throughout their professional nursing careers.”

The Pitt-Johnstown Nursing and Health Sciences Division prepare students for rewarding careers in healthcare with nationally recognized instruction in the state-of-the-art Nursing and Health Sciences Building. “We are equally proud of the Pitt Johnstown nursing faculty, whose tireless dedication to the success of our students was even more evident during the pandemic. The instruction, support, and encouragement provided by our highly qualified and experienced faculty contributed greatly to the ability to persist and succeed even in the face of challenges presented by the pandemic,” Grady said.

Pitt-Johnstown maintains cooperative relationships with healthcare facilities in the greater Johnstown area and in the surrounding counties of west and south-central Pennsylvania. Locally, these relationships include Memorial Medical Center, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center, Chan Soon-Shiong Research Institute and UPMC.

Students like Megan Gilles, a 2021 graduate, benefited from the relationships the nursing program has with healthcare organizations. She is currently employed at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Mercy Hospital. “I am really appreciative of our small and beautiful campus where you don’t have to worry about getting lost, whether it be lost in the number of people or big labyrinths of buildings. Pitt Johnstown’s faculty and staff set me up perfectly to take my nursing boards. I felt collected and confident when I took the exam, and experiences from my time in the Pitt Johnstown nursing program have since translated into the quality care I am providing to my patients now,” said Gilles.

Dr. Elizabeth Katrancha, Nursing Program Coordinator, said “I cannot say enough about the flexibility, determination and dedication this class has shown. In addition, this particular class of students was one of the most compassionate, team-oriented groups I have encountered. I am excited to see where their careers lead.  100% of students seeking employment are employed, and some notable locations include UPMC Magee, Children's Presby, East, Shadyside, and Mercy; UPMC Altoona and Somerset; Conemaugh, Select Specialty Hospital, and Women's Hospital of Georgia.”