Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Undergraduate Degree

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.

If your career goal is to become a registered nurse or to build a bridge to become an advanced practice nurse, the BSN program at the Bradley School of Nursing is the perfect option for you.

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.

Why Pitt State?

Pittsburg State University’s BSN program prepares graduates for success in today’s clinical setting. Our experienced faculty, many of whom continue to practice in the field, provide students with the guidance and leadership they need to successfully earn their licensure. In fact, the Bradley School of Nursing boasts an NCLEX-RN examination pass rate for 2017 of more than 94 percent! (A phenomenal achievement when you consider the national pass rate is just 84 percent.) This rate takes into account ALL students admitted into the program, not just those who sit for the NCLEX. It’s an astounding number, and a true reflection of the expertise of the university’s faculty.  

The Irene Ransom Brandley School of Nursing is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and 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 pre-licensure BSN program boasts a retention rate of more than 97 percent!   

Career Options

Program graduates are qualified for many nursing roles including:

  • Staff Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Manager
  • Nursing 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.

Internship and research opportunities

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.

Learn more about the Department of 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. Learn more about our programs and faculty by visiting our School of Nursing page.


Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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