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 a student choose Pitt-Greensburg for nursing education?

A:  At Pitt-Greensburg, our goal is to get students ready for the Real World! Our nursing curriculum prepares graduates for clinical practice now and in the future, with high quality classroom and state-of-the-art simulation laboratory instruction coupled with a wide variety of clinical experiences in acute, long-term, and community care. Pitt-Greensburg nursing graduates will enjoy the reputation of a degree widely recognized for academic and clinical excellence. In addition, students choosing nursing at Pitt-Greensburg have the opportunity to experience benefits associated with our campus, including small classes, scenic setting, wide-ranging student activities and organizations, and REAL WORLD preparation to assure achievement of personal and professional goals.

Q:  How long does it take to complete the nursing major and can I complete it part-time?

A:  A full-time student should be able to complete the BSN in 4 academic years, without summer courses. There are 9 major clinical courses that are taken in a precise sequence. These courses begin in the fall semester of the sophomore year and proceed in an exact order over the next 6 semesters. Certain non-nursing pre-requisite courses are required before beginning the clinical sequence. Prospective students who wish to transfer credits should make an appointment with or contact the Admissions Office and/or the Department of Nursing for a projection of the time for their program completion.

Part-time scheduling may be achieved for the first 31 credits of the program, but full-time enrollment is strongly encouraged after that. Students wishing to schedule part-time should be aware that doing so will increase the length of time required for program completion.

Q:  I am a high school student,  what are the admission requirements to be accepted into the Nursing program at Pitt-Greensburg?

A:  All high school applicants must have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum SAT score of 1170 or a minimum ACT score of 23.  In addition, the following high school courses are required by all applicants.

Courses Units *
English 4
Mathematics 4
Social Studies 3
Science (with a related lab or the equivalent (one unit must be chemistry) 3
Academic Electives    5**
* A unit is allowed for the successful completion of one year of work in an accepted course.
** Two units of foreign language as an elective are highly recommended.  School of Nursing faculty recommends that students also consider taking any of the following elective courses if offered: Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, or any Computer Class.

All high school applicants should be prepared to enter College Composition 2 and have demonstrated math proficiency at the level of College Algebra when they enter as a freshman.  Students will be expected to make up any deficiences prior to their first semester in the Nursing program.  Speak to an admissions counselor for further details.

Q:  Can I transfer from the Pitt-Greensburg campus nursing program to a different University of Pittsburgh campus’ nursing program?

A:  Students admitted to the Oakland campus, Johnstown campus, or Greensburg campus nursing program are expected to complete the program at the site of admission.

Q:  Is it possible to take nursing and participate on an athletics team?

A:  Yes.

Q:  Can I apply or transfer to the nursing program for the spring semester?

A:  Due to curricular requirements admissions will only happen in the fall semester.

Q:  What are the clinical experiences for nursing? 

A.  A core component of nursing education is the clinical experience. Students participate in supervised learning sessions in real world healthcare environments, which provide them with the opportunity to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice.

Clinical learning takes place in a variety of settings across the healthcare continuum and is supervised by preceptors, who are experienced practitioners and educators who foster students’ critical thinking and clinical skills safely. High fidelity simulation is woven into each clinical course with computer-assisted instruction and deliberate practice and simulation.

One of the advantages of enrolling in Pitt Nursing is that students participate in more than 900 clinical hours of increasingly complex clinical experiences at one of the many healthcare facilities throughout Westmoreland County.  Students can learn in some of the country’s best-known healthcare entities including a children’s hospital, community outpatient facility, rehabilitation center, long-term care facility, cancer center, and an in-patient psychiatric institute. Clinical rotations can also take place in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and neighborhood clinics.

Q: I have questions about the NCLEX® Exam, Graduate Temporary Practice Permits (TPP), and Authorization to Test (ATT).

A: Please view this State Board of Nursing document.