RN Options Application/Admission Criteria

RN-BSN APPLICATION / ADMISSION CRITERIA

Application

Applications for admission to the RN-BSN are completed online via Apply Yourself.
It is advisable to print the Graduate Application Instructions before beginning the online application.

Each applicant must complete and submit the following electronically via the online application:

  1. $50 non-refundable application fee
  2. Official transcripts of all nursing and undergraduate & graduate education
    NOTE: Academic Institutions may send official transcripts via:
    1. Official Electronic Transcripts - send to Recipient: Laurie Lapsley (LapsLeyL@pitt.edu)
    2. Postal Mail to: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing / 240 Victoria Building / 3500 Victoria Street / Pittsburgh, PA 15261
  3. Copy of current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
  4. Brief essay stating applicant’s: (1) reason(s) for wanting to complete the BSN Program and (2) future plans.
  5. Resume or CV
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from: (1) faculty member, (2) current supervisor, and (3) professional colleague.
    NOTE: Before you submit your application, ask your references in which form they wish to submit their recommendation -- by paper or online. For both paper and online recommendation letters, please follow the instructions outlined on Apply Yourself.
  7. Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall Term) December 1 (Spring Term) April 1 (Summer Term)

Admission Criteria

  • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
  • ≥ 3.0 GPA in ADN or nursing diploma (from ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE accredited program)
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (may submit application while completing prerequisites)
  • International applicants: nursing.pitt.edu & Office of International Services (OIS)

RN-MSN & RN-DNP APPLICATION / ADMISSION CRITERIA

Application

Applications for admission to the RN-MSN and RN-DNP are completed online via Apply Yourself. It is advisable to print the Graduate Application Instructions before beginning the online application.

Each applicant must complete and submit the following electronically via the online application:

  1. $50 non-refundable application fee
  2. Official transcripts of all nursing and undergraduate & graduate education
    NOTE: Academic Institutions may send official transcripts via:
    1. Official Electronic Transcripts - send to Recipient: Laurie Lapsley (LapsLeyL@pitt.edu)
    2. Postal Mail to: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing / 240 Victoria Building / 3500 Victoria Street / Pittsburgh, PA 15261
  3. Copy of current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements.
    NOTE: All RN-MSN (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) and BSN-DNP students must obtain a Pennsylvania license prior to beginning clinical courses
  4. Essay:
    • RN-MSN Applicant: Brief essay (500-word minimum) stating applicant’s: (1) philosophy of nursing, (2) reasons for wanting to study in a particular major area of specialization, (3) expectations from the program, and (4) future goals.
    • RN-DNP Applicant: Brief essay (approx.750-1,000 words) stating applicant’s: (1) philosophy of nursing, (2) reason for wanting to study in a particular major or concentration, (3) expectation of the DNP program, (4) future career goals, and (5) proposed area of interest for the DNP project.
  5. Resume or CV
  6. Letters of Recommendation:
    • RN-MSN Applicant: Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for master's study from each of the following: (1) the director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended, if applicant has been a nursing student in the last 5 years, (2) a recent employer, and (3) a person who can speak to the applicant's professional work.
      NOTE: Before you submit your application, ask your references in which form they wish to submit their recommendation -- by paper or online. For both paper and online recommendation letters, please follow the instructions outlined on Apply Yourself.
    • RN-DNP Applicant: Three (3) letters of recommendation indicating the reviewer’s support of the student’s ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program from a (1) director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended, if applicant has been a nursing student in the last 5 years, (2) recent employer, and (3) person who can speak to the applicant's professional work.
      NOTE: Before you submit your application, ask your references in which form they wish to submit their recommendation -- by paper or online. For both paper and online recommendation letters, please follow the instructions outlined on Apply Yourself.
  7. Pre-admission interview. If the applicant resides at a great distance, a telephone interview may be conducted.
  8. Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall Term)   December 1 (Spring Term)   April 1 (Summer Term )

Admission Criteria

  • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or locale where student will complete clinical requirements
    NOTE: All RN-MSN (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) and BSN-DNP students must obtain a Pennsylvania license prior to beginning clinical courses.
  • ≥ 3.0 GPA in ADN or nursing diploma (from ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE accredited program)
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Statistics course within the last ten (10) years with a grade of B-or higher
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (may submit application while completing prerequisites)
  • Clinical experience for select focus areas:
    • Neonatal NP: Equivalent of 2 years full time (within last 5 years) nursing experience in the care of critically ill newborns, infants, and children in critical care inpatient settings (preferably Level III NICU) Students may enroll in pre-clinical courses while obtaining practice experience
    • Health Systems Executive Leadership: 2 years management experience preferred.
    • Nurse Anesthesia BSN to DNP:
      Minimum of 1 year full-time ICU/critical care nursing experience (within last 5 years) by start of program (may apply if employed in ICU/critical care and will have required experience before admission term)
    • Nurse-Midwife: One year of nursing experience in a Labor and Delivery unit preferred, but will consider applicants demonstrating other interest/experience in women’s health.
  • International applicants: nursing.pitt.edu & Office of International Services (OIS).

    Additional Information

    • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
    • Applicants will be informed of admission decision via email. 

    Prerequisites

    U.S. institution courses will be evaluated for equivalency to University of Pittsburgh courses

    Up to 60 credits (of the total 68 prerequisite credits) may be transferred from a 2-year institution; the remaining 8 prerequisite credits may be transferred from a 4-year institution

    General Education Courses (may be transferred)
    Anthropology (3 cr.)
    English Composition (3 cr.)
    Chemical Principles for Health Professions*+ includes lab (4 cr.)
    Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2*+ includes labs (8 cr.)
    Microbiology*+ includes lab (4 cr.)
    Nutrition for Clinical Practice (3 cr.)
    Psychology (3 cr.)
    Communication / Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    Sociology (3 cr.)
    Statistics+ (descriptive, probability & inferential) completed within past 10 years (3 cr.)
    (37 credits)
          *Completed within past 10 years
          +B- or higher grade required
          Credits listed are term credits (quarter courses will be individually evaluated)

    Prerequisite Nursing Courses (may be transferred or credit by course examination- challenged by standardized exam/case study)
    Foundations of Nursing Practice 2  
    Nursing Mgmt of Adult with Acute/Chronic Health Problems
    Nursing Mgmt of Adult with Acute/Chronic Health Problems Clinical
    Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, & Families 
    Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, & Families Clinical
    Nursing Care of Children & Their Families 
    Nursing Care of Children & Their Families Clinical 
    Nursing Care of Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problems
    Nursing Care of Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problems Clinical
    Adv Nsg Mgmt of Adult with Acute/Complex Health Problems
    Adv Nsg Mgmt of Adult with Acute/Complex Health Problems Clinical
    Nursing Care of Older Adults
    (31 credits)

    General Information

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    Tuition and Fees

    Masters of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentrations are available.

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