The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is designed to meet the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to provide a curriculum development framework as well as a definition of competencies universally expected of BSN graduates.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) helps BSN graduates keep pace with the changing demands of healthcare and the nursing profession. It provides an organized sequential plan of study that leads to preparation in a specialized nursing role. An online option is available in Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Informatics.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares BSN and MSN graduates within a specialized advanced clinical focus (Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse-Midwife, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Practitioner) or systems focus (Health Systems Executive Leadership). The DNP focuses on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the critical appraisal and application of research. Graduates are prepared as nursing leaders for the highest levels of nursing practice. An online option is available for nurses with a master’s degree in the same focus as the area being pursued. The online option in Health Systems Executive Leadership is also available for nurses with a BSN and master’s degree or MSN.
The dual degree Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) offers BSN prepared nurses the opportunity to simultaneously achieve their DNP and PhD degrees. The dual degree plan shares 30 credits between both degrees. Students complete both a DNP capstone project and PhD dissertation, focusing their research on the implementation-translational-clinical end of the spectrum. Certificates provide an educational opportunity for professional nurses to enhance and expand their role and increase marketability. Certificate credits may be applied to a future University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing graduate degree. Certificates are available in clinical practice and nurse specialty roles. Online options include Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (w/ 2 onsite lab intensives: 2 days-summer + 1 day-fall), Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Research, and School Nurse PK-12.
Accelerated 2nd Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Build on what you learned from your previous non-nursing degree program(s) or career path to become a Registered Nurse.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Prepare for a career as a professional nurse whose practice is based on nursing science, related sciences and the arts in order to promote, restore and maintain the health of human beings.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Pursue the educational standard for advanced practice providers—whether nurse anesthetists, nurse leaders, midwives or nurse practitioners.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Work closely with internationally recognized faculty members, receive in-depth training in clinical and laboratory research, and leave prepared to be an outstanding nurse scientist and/or academic faculty member.
Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy
Simultaneously earn PhD and DNP degrees and emerge as both a nurse researcher and advanced practice nurse.
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing - School Nursing
Learn evidence-based practice, compassionate care, communication, clinical judgement, diversity, public policy ethics and determinants of health within the context of school nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing-Doctor of Nursing Practice
Choose a major within the master's and DNP programs, and supplement the knowledge and skills gained in the program by adding a minor or a second skill set.
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
This non-degree certificate is designed for nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists with a previous Master of Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice who are seeking to expand their roles via nurse practitioner certification in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care.
Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners Certificate
Engage with curriculum centered in family and adult primary care, psychiatric mental health primary care, and adult acute care to increase your formal education as a principal provider of primary health care for older adults.
Nursing Informatics Certificate
Learn about informatics, clinical information systems, and project management in preparation for a career in a public, private or corporate setting.
School Nurse Certificate
Participate in a certificate program that fulfills the educational requirements for the state certificate and prepares registered nurses to meet the health needs of PK-12 schoolchildren.