Nursing RN to BSN

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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) degree. Students can choose the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track or, for those who have already earned their nursing license, the RN to BSN track.

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), the way nurses were educated during the 20th century are no longer adequate for dealing with the realities of health care in the 21st century.  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.

How to Apply

Step 1. Apply for admission to Pittsburg State

Step 2. Send transcripts to Pittsburg State University, Office of the Registrar, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 66762 including transcript with your posted Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) from an accredited nursing program.

Step 3. Complete Nursing RN-BSN Program application. Download application packet (PDF)

Additional information

  • About Degree
  • Career Options
  • Internship and research opportunities

Pittsburg State University’s RN to BSN program is tailored to fit the needs of today’s Registered Nurses. RN’s who’ve completed all university general education and prerequisite courses can earn their baccalaureate degree in as little as a year. The program offers RN’s the flexibility of on-line and hybrid classes so that they can select the learning environment that works best for them.

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 but 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 the Bradley School of Nursing’s BSN program boasts a first-time pass rate higher of nearly 90%. Higher than the rate for all U.S. Educated Registered Nurses and RN’s educated in a BSN program! 

Program 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 advanced nursing roles, 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.

About School of Nursing Department

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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