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Nursing Program FAQ

Below you will find frequently-asked questions about the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Nursing Program. Check back to this page often, as information will continually be added.

Q: Why should I choose the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program?

A: There are many reasons to choose the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program. Here are just a few:

  • The Pitt School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the top nursing programs, both nationally and globally. That attention to educational quality extends from the graduate programs through the undergraduate programs—and to Pitt-Greensburg’s BSN program.
  • Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a large university within an intimate learning environment that means you know your professors and your professors know you.
  • In addition to earning your BSN, you will have the opportunity to choose a variety of minors. Pitt-Greensburg uniquely offers a minor in our Healthcare Management program, which will set you up for further career advancement as you climb the medical career ladder.

Q:  Is the Pitt-Greensburg nursing program the same as Pitt School of Nursing?

A: YES! Pitt-Greensburg is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to bring their BSN program to Westmoreland County. This means that you will study the same curriculum, have the same opportunities for your clinical education, and earn a University of Pittsburgh Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. In fact, the director of our program, Marie Fioravanti, DPN, RN, taught in the Pitt School of Nursing for more than 18 years, essentially bringing Pitt School of Nursing’s expertise, best practices, knowledge, and commitment to our program. When you graduate from the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program, you will become part of a large network of prestigious Pitt School of Nursing, alumni who can be found working throughout our region and nation.

Q: Is Pitt-Greensburg nursing accredited?

A: YES! The BSN program at Pitt-Greensburg holds the same national and state accreditations as the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. This includes the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation that is officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. The CCNE accreditation means that our program has met the rigorous standards set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for academic nursing education. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. CCNE is the nation’s leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at schools of nursing and also accredits post-baccalaureate nurse residencies.

Q:  What are the advantages to attending accredited nursing schools?

A: Nursing school accreditation creates a gateway for nursing students to participate in federally funded and state-entitlement programs. Graduates from accredited nursing school programs also qualify to attend other accredited schools to pursue advanced studies, including RN-BSN and master’s and doctoral programs. It can also make you more competitive in the job market; employers prefer to hire accredited practitioners because they are trained under nationally established standards for nursing education.

“According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national advocacy group for academic quality, accreditation means that a program or institution has gone through a rigorous review and evaluation process by experts in the field.  Accreditation assures that the quality of teaching, student achievement, curricula, academic support, and other criteria meet certain standards of excellence and quality.” Newsweek, 2014

Q: What is the NCLEX Exam?

A: The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a licensing exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for the purpose of protecting the public’s health and welfare by assuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. Its goal is to determine that the applicant has attained the competency necessary to think critically, make nursing assessments, and employ the necessary skills to perform the work required of well-qualified, professional nurses. The licensing exam (and NCLEX Preparation Practice Tests) is a well-respected method of assuring that nurses meet the requirements to fulfill their duties and understand the safety and procedural practices to effectively perform their jobs.

The Pitt School of Nursing and the Pitt-Greensburg BSN program provide a foundation for undergraduate education in nursing and serves as a stimulus for continuing professional development. A series of Kaplan Review Preparation Practice Tests are integrated throughout the nursing program. A Diagnostic Prep, a Predictor exam, and a 4 day KAPLAN Review are scheduled at end of program to provide students with prep resources to take the National Nursing License.

Registered nurses, who are graduates of diploma or associate degree programs in nursing, may choose to enroll in the RN Options.

Q: Will I be prepared to further my nursing education after graduating Pitt-Greensburg’s nursing program?

A: YES! A BSN is the best degree to have if you plan to pursue a graduate degree (master’s, DPN, or PhD) in nursing or an associated field. A BSN from a nationally AND state-accredited program - like Pitt-Greensburg’s - is an even better option because it means you (and the nursing program) have met all of the criteria deemed necessary by the profession’s governing boards.

Q: What is the cost of the Nursing program?

A: The tuition and cost for Pitt-Greensburg’s nursing program is competitive with other accredited programs in the region. For details related to the costs of attending our program, please click here.

Q: Are there plans for the Nursing facilities to be updated/have their own space? Do you have state-of-the-art facilities and where are they?

Pitt-Greensburg is working with the University of Pittsburgh to explore innovative and cost-effective ways to expand our science facilities. The Pitt-Greensburg nursing program is still too new to have statistical data available, but we believe that our nursing students’ experience will parallel our other science students’ academic preparation and growth. For example, we are proud to share that our Natural Science students are more satisfied with the instructional effectiveness here than are college students nationally. They also are more satisfied with the content of the courses within their major and with their ability to experience intellectual growth than are college students nationally. Finally, our Natural Sciences are more satisfied with their institution’s commitment to academic excellence than are college students’ nationally.1

We also are pleased to share that 92 percent of our graduating seniors who apply to graduate school to pursue medical studies are accepted.2 Pitt-Greensburg also has documented the growth of our Natural Sciences graduates in the following areas:

  • 98 percent grew in critical thinking skills; 2
  • 93 percent grew in digital skills; 2
  • 95 percent grew in information literacy skills; 2
  • 100 percent grew in leadership skills; 2  and
  • 100 percent grew in communication skills.2

1Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, 2018.

2Survey given by Career Services each year to graduating students at commencement practice. Data are from the graduating classes of 2014-2018, combined. Only those who knew at the time of the survey whether they had been accepted were included in the analysis.

Q: Why is the nursing tuition higher than other programs on campus

A: Tuition in the professional programs at Pitt—business, engineering, computing and information, nursing, and health and rehabilitation science—varies by program but is higher than general arts and sciences because these programs are costlier to provide due to clinical requirements. In general, all tuition rates are lower in the regional campuses than for the analogous programs at the Pittsburgh campus. This differential reflect the University’s commitment to the regions where its campuses are located and its recognition that their local economies are different and more challenged than the Pittsburgh economy.

Q: Is there an accelerated program for students who already have separate degrees?

A: Yes. Please click here for information regarding the University of Pittsburgh's Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN.

 Q:  Are there study abroad opportunities for nursing students? 

A:  Yes, there are a variety of study abroad opportunities.