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Earn your Nursing degree at Pittsburg State to promote wellness, prevent illness, and provide care. 

Are you compassionate, calm, and clear-headed when people are feeling their worst? Through the Nursing program at Pittsburg State, learn on high fidelity simulators paired with state-of-the-art technology. 

Train under expert mentors who have practiced in the medical field for years. Apply your knowledge at care facilities across the four-state area from hospice to home health.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing academic tracks:

Our students learn by doing.

Through simulated lab activities, you gain practical experience in routine procedures and uncommon scenarios. Place an IV, aid in the delivery of a breached baby, react to the effects of a natural disaster, and more! 

Accelerated and hands-on, the nursing program is designed for you to confidently enter clinical rotations. Our students complete over 700 clinical rotation hours to graduate. Showcase the nursing skills you have learned in labs working with real patients.

Give back to the community.

Our BSN students create educational presentations for elementary school students at the Teddy Bear Clinics, and coordinate vaccine clinics and blood drives.

Committed to student success.

The retention rate of BSN students is 97.6% - we make sure no student is left behind. Earn your degree armed with the tools to take on the registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX).


Additional information

  • Career Options
  • Pre-licensure BSN versus RN to BSN programs
  • Application Process & Resources
  • Transfer Equivalency Guide
  • Plan of Study

BSN jobs are available and in-demand. The median BSN salary is $77,600 for registered nurses. There are many nursing specializations: 

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

Through clinical rotations and mentorship opportunities, PSU students build a strong network of connections. Some local workplaces that have recruited our graduates include: 

  • Freeman Health System: Joplin, MO 
  • Mercy Hospital: Joplin, MO 
  • Via Christi Hospital: Pittsburg, KS 
  • University of Kansas Health System: Kansas City, KS  
  • St. Luke’s Hospital: Kansas City, MO  
  • Olathe Medical Center: Olathe, KS 
  • Research Medical Center: Kansas City, MO 
  • Truman Medical Center: Kansas City, MO 
  • Wesley Medical Center: Wichita, KS 
  • Advent Health: Shawnee Mission, KS. 

As a nurse, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can open more doors than an Associate Degree. A BSN increases your earning potential and allows for leadership opportunities. It’s a stepping-stone to more advanced nursing roles, including nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse leader, or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). 

Nursing students who wish to leverage their degrees to serve in the military start their career in the Pitt State ROTC. Nursing graduates are commissioned into active duty, National Guard, and the Army Reserves. In addition to extensive one-on-one mentoring and training, 10 nursing scholarships are awarded to Army ROTC Cadets annually. 

Pre-licensure BSN:  

The Pre-Licensure emphasis is for aspiring nurses looking for a path to both their registered nurse (RN) license and a BSN degree. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination in any state. 

This degree is designed for anyone who does not currently have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Registered Nurse (RN) state nursing license.  

Over a three-year period, the Pre-Licensure BSN program saw a retention rate of 97.6% and an attrition rate of 2.34%. 


RN to BSN:  

The RN to BSN emphasis is designed to build on the foundation of the community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) curriculum and RN licensure with course work needed to meet the baccalaureate degree requirements for the major in nursing (BSN) at Pittsburg State University. 

PSU offers licensed Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in an accelerated time frame. RN-BSN students can complete the upper-division nursing courses in three semesters of full-time study. A part-time study is an option for nurses who want to complete nursing courses over several years. 

All RN-BSN nursing courses are offered as online courses.   

Over a three-year period, the RN to BSN program saw a retention rate of 93.4% and an attrition rate of 6.52%. Our online RN to BSN program was ranked #1 in Kansas in #3 by 

 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.

Pitt State 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. You must submit official transcripts of all coursework completed before a final determination is made.

Pitt State reserves the right to determine credit acceptance toward individual degree programs at the department's discretion.

Visit the Transfer Equivalency Guide

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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