RN to BSN Nursing
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Pittsburg State University's RN to BSN program is tailored to fit the needs of today's Registered Nurses. RN's can earn their bachelor's degree in as little as 12 months taking courses full-time. All nursing courses are completely online.

Why do RN’s choose to earn a BSN degree? Career Advancement. If your career goal is to become a shift leader, nurse director, clinical manager, or to build a bridge to become an advanced practice nurse, the RN to BSN program at the Bradley School of Nursing is the perfect option for you.

According to the Institute of Medicine (2010), "Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.”  Pittsburg State University has implemented this decree and is making obtainment of an BSN degree for the working ADN nurse as seamless as possible.

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  • About Degree
  • Career Options
  • Research opportunities
  • Application Process and Resources
  • Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Grant

We understand how difficult it can be to find time for classes when you work full-time as an RN. It’s why we also offer a part-time study option. This option is perfect choice for RN’s who want to work full-time and earn their degree over the course of several years.

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Their knowledge and dedication to students is why students in the  RN-BSN track have a very high completion rate.

RN-BSN graduates are qualified for many advanced nursing roles including:

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


Earning your BSN is also a stepping-stone to more advance practice nursing degrees, 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.

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.

Applications to the nursing program are available online and must be completed and mailed to the Irene Ransom School of Nursing. You must apply for admission to both Pittsburg State University and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing.

Applications for Fall 2019 will open on January 15 and must be postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2019. Late applications will be considered on space available.

Applications for Spring 2020 will be available September 15, 2019 and must be postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on November 15, 2019. Late applications will be considered on space available.

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). Be certain to include your posted Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) from an accredited nursing program.
  3. Complete RN-BSN program application. (Download application packet)


The purpose of the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) grant is to meet the challenges of training RN-BSN nursing students who are ready to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care practice teams that are located in medically underserved areas (MUAs).

Prior to applying for the NEPQR grant, RN-BSN applicants must:
  1. Apply to Pittsburg State University and
  2. Apply to the RN-BSN program

If accepted into the RN-BSN program and accepted as a NEPQR grant recipient, you will be required to attend a face-to-face NEPQR Grant Orientation on Monday, February 4, 2019 in McPherson Hall, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University.

For questions, please email: Dr. Cheryl Giefer, NEPQR Project Director, cgiefer@pittstate.edu or phone: 620-235-4438.

NEPQR Grant Application Materials:

About School of Nursing

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. In addition to the BSN degree, the Bradley School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree.

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