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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 a 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
  • Career Options
  • Internship and research opportunities
  • Application Process & Resources
  • Transfer Equivalency Guide
  • Plan of Study

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 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 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 university faculty's expertise.

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).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Registered Nursing professionals is $73,300. Employment is expected to grow by 16 percent between now and 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations.

Students will have many opportunities for research, including the university’s annual Research Colloquium and Undergraduate Day at the Capitol. 

 Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to Pittsburg State University
  2. Send transcripts, either electronically or by mail, to the Office of the Registrar (1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 66762).
  3. Complete BSN program application.
  4. BSN Admission and Program 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 contract. PSU reserves the right to determine 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.

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About School of Nursing

Welcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing! The Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN (Education Emphasis), MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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