A nursing career is a great opportunity for those in Pittsburgh wanting to enter or grow within the healthcare field. Luckily, there are many educational options throughout the city to fit just about every need.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry Level ADN & BSN Programs in Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh is home to plenty of diploma and entry-level nursing programs for those just starting out in the industry. Options include the Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

LPN to RN Programs

Licensed practical nurses who want to expand their career opportunities and take on additional patient care responsibilities may want to pursue a career as a registered nurse. For LPNs, there are special LPN to RN bridge programs that build upon their prior coursework and professional experience to prepare them for a new career as an RN. The Community College of Allegheny County offers an LPN to RN program for students with a valid practical nursing license that consists of 30 credits of nursing courses completed over four semesters of study.

ADN Programs

This basic entry-level program is most typically found at community and technical colleges in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. The Community College of Allegheny County, for example, offers a traditional associate's degree in nursing as well as an accelerated version for those with LPN training. Their 2016-2017 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 92.03%.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

Traditional, four-year bachelor's degree programs are increasingly becoming the norm for RNs. Offered at colleges and universities, direct-entry BSN programs are designed for those who do not already hold an RN license or lower nursing degree/diploma. Carlow University offers a pre-licensure BSN as well as a second-degree BSN for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline.

Find out more about Pennsylvania Accelerated BSN Programs

Pittsburgh RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 PittsburghPennsylvania
NCLEX-RN Students Total1,5807,886
NCLEX-RN Students Passed1,4507,225
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate91.8%91.6%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Pittsburgh

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Pittsburgh based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Pennsylvania out of 78 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Carlow University - #4
  • Community College of Allegheny County - #28
  • Duquesne University - #26
  • Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing - #20
  • Robert Morris University - #27
SchoolContact Information
Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(800) 333-2275
Citizens School of Nursing
651 4th Ave
New Kensington, PA 15068
(724) 337-5090
Community College of Allegheny County
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Pennsylvania Program: #28 of 78
808 Ridge Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-2525
Community College of Beaver County
1 Campus Dr
Monaca, PA 15061
(724) 480-2222
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue , 540 Fisher Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6553
Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing
  • Diploma Campus
  • Top Ranked Pennsylvania Program: #20 of 78
25 Heckel Rd
Kennedy Township, PA 15136
(412) 777-6161
La Roche University
9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 367-9300
Robert Morris University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Pennsylvania Program: #27 of 78
6001 University Blvd
Moon Township, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street, Room 350
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 624-7838
UPMC Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
1401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-7950
UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
5900 Baum​ Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 623-2950
UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing
221 Seventh Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 784-4980
Washington Health System School of Nursing
155 Wilson Avenue
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7000
West Penn Hospital School of Nursing
4800 Friendship Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 578-5205
Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Ln
Youngwood, PA 15697
(724) 925-4000

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Pittsburgh, PA

Bridge programs, also known as RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs, are popular pathways for those who already hold an RN license. These programs are typically shorter than traditional BSN or MSN programs since they take into account some courses and experiences that RNs may already have completed in their prior program.

RN to BSN Programs

The RN to BSN program allows nurses to earn a 4-year degree in a fraction of the time. The RN to BSN program through Chatham University allows students to transfer up to 90 credits of college-level courses to count towards their 120 credit requirement. Courses are taken in an online "distance learning" format, an increasingly popular option.

Learn more about Pennsylvania RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

For those in the Pittsburgh area who know they want to enter an advanced specialty or nursing career, the RN to MSN pathway is ideal. Like the RN to BSN option, this degree type is for licensed RNs who have previously completed an ADN or diploma program. Robert Morris University offers a 37-credit RN to MSN program in which the student earns both a BSN and an MSN degree. Some RN to MSN programs do not culminate in both degrees, however.

Learn more about Pennsylvania RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
(724) 938-4129
Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 578-6108
Chatham University
1 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365-1738
La Roche University
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 367-9300
Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon, PA 15108
(412) 397-6801
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 624-7838

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Pittsburgh, PA

Those wishing to climb the ranks to the highest nursing positions and nurse practitioner specialties may wish to enroll in an advanced nursing program. RNs can earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-master's certificate, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to achieve their goals.

MSN Programs

A traditional MSN degree can be earned in roughly 2 years of study. Students typically have their choice of several tracks or specializations, and flexible full-time or part-time schedules are often available. California University of Pennsylvania offers an MSN degree with two specialty options: Nursing Administration and Leadership or Nursing Education.

Learn more about Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Also referred to as post-grad certificates, these programs are designed to help MSN-educated nurses change specialties without having to go through another full degree program. Duquesne University, for example, offers an online post-master's certificate in forensic nursing that consists of just five courses.

Find out more about Pennsylvania Post-Master's Certificate Programs.

DNP Programs

Doctoral nursing programs are at the top of the nursing chain. Students who complete a DNP are poised to enter the highest clinical nursing careers. The University of Pittsburgh, for example, offers multiple DNP pathways and specialties, including both BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP options. Specialization tracks include neonatal, pediatric primary care, adult-gerontology, nurse anesthesia, and more.

Learn more about Pennsylvania DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
(724) 938-4000
Carlow University
Dual MSN/MBA Programs
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(800) 333-2275
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000
Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street, Victoria Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 624-4586
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(888) 747-0794

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