School of Nursing

Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

The Midwest's premiere School of Nursing

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. It is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The Bradley School of Nursing's faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN (Educational Emphasis), MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.Top NP Schools StudyPittsburg State University has been ranked #26 for the Best NP Schools by Nurse Practitioner (NP) schools were evaluated based on academic and career resources for NP students, quality of education, faculty, and much more. View the results at the Top Nurse Practitioner Schools website.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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Student Nursing Organizations

So many to choose from.

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Army ROTC Nursing Program

Serve your country while earning your degree

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Nursing RN to BSN Class

Nursing Alumni Association

Stay connected with your nursing colleagues

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CPR & AED Training

Upcoming classes and registration information.

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Pittsburg State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Pittsburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Pittsburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

The baccalaureate, master's and DNP programs are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, RM. 1051, Topeka, Kansas 66612 785-296-4929. The DNP program has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State Board of Nursing and the Higher Learning Commission.

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About Us

  • Welcome from the Director
  • Nursing Scholarships
  • Our History
  • Review & On-Site Evaluation

Cheryl Giefer Welcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. I'm excited that you are considering continuing your education with us. Whether you're new to the field of nursing or an experienced professional, our accomplished faculty will help you broaden your knowledge, improve your skills and achieve your career goals.

Our program has been setting the standard for nursing education for more than 50 years. It's why the region's leading hospitals, clinics and nonprofit organizations seek out nurses from Pittsburg State University.

Our faculty are also practicing nurses, so they understand the needs of today's healthcare environment. We pride ourselves on our rigorous curriculum and the level of personal attention we provide for each student. It's what sets us apart and why we enjoy an undergraduate retention rate of more than 97 percent!

Thank you again for considering the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. I encourage you to browse our site to learn about our different programs. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Cheryl Giefer, Ph.D., APRN-BC, FNP-C

Director/University Professor - Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing






Pittsburg State University offers many scholarship opportunities for students including nearly 50 scholarships specifically for nursing students. Read the latest offerings and requirements to see which nursing scholarships which may be available for you.

The Bradley School of Nursing’s history dates back to the 1940s when what was then known as the Mt. Carmel School of Nursing first opened its doors. As with many early nursing schools, the Mount Carmel School of Nursing was overseen by nursing administrators from the local Mt. Carmel Hospital before transitioning over to Pittsburg State University in 1970.Nursing Historical

The nursing program quickly grew in stature with its first BSN graduates in 1973, RN program in 1974, and MSN in Family Nursing in 1993. In recognition of its growing size and complexity, the university and Kansas Board of Regents, in 2013, elevated the program to the rank of school. In September of that same year the newly designated school acquired the name “Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing” in honor of university alumnus Dr. Fay Bradley’s mother. The designation was in recognition of Dr. Bradley’s generous gift to the School of Nursing.

In June 2015, the Bradley School of Nursing became the first program within Pittsburg State University to offer a doctoral program when it became approved to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas has scheduled a review and on-site evaluation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The dates of this review and on-site evaluation are from November 4th to November 6th of 2019. CCNE allows an opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation. Written third-party comments must be received by CCNE by October 13th, 2019. All comments are to be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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Contact Information

Director: Cheryl Giefer
Contact: Wendy Ginavan

Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone 620-235-4431
Fax 620-235-4449