Nursing - AS

  • “Pitt-Bradford’s nursing professors did an excellent job of preparing me to enter the profession of nursing.”

    Billijo Kriner, a 2017 graduate with an associate degree in nursing and a nurse at Penn Highland Hospital in St. Marys, PA

    • Description
    • Admission Req.
    • Courses
    • LPN Options
    • Additional Info.
    • Faculty
    • Young Alums
    Program Contact: Mary Dinger

    In our two-year nursing program, you'll study in the classroom and combine technology in our simulation and learning skills labs to learn about a variety of nursing specialties. Specialties such as medical-surgical, maternal-child, psychiatric and surgical nursing. You'll also get hands-on experience, caring for patients at several of the health care facilities in the region, starting in the very first semester of the AS program. 

    Once you get your degree, you'll be ready to take the national exam to become a licensed, registered nurse. With your RN license you'll be ready for one of the many nursing jobs available. You could work at a variety of hospital or healthare settings. You can also go beyond to further your education and get your bachelor's, or master's degree as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or educator in nursing.

    Review of Faculty & Graduate Survey results and Student Achievement Outcome data.

    What you can do with a degree in Nursing-AS.

    The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford programs in nursing have been awarded accreditation for achievement of quality and excellence in nursing education through spring 2020 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peach Rd., North East Suite, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404.975.5000; fax: 404.975.5020; or  In addition, The Associate of Science in Nursing [ASN] degree program is provisionally approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    ASN graduates are required to take the national examination for registered nurse licensure. A person with criminal convictions may be prohibited from licensure as a registered nurse by the boards of nursing in various states. Prospective students in that situation should call the board of nursing in the state where they plan to practice.  



    Please complete the electronic admission application, Upon completion of the electronic application, please submit to Laurie Dennis .  The completed application is due no later than April 1, 2018 for fall term 2018 admission.

    This form is intended for current Pitt-Bradford students only.  All other students seeking admission to the Nursing program must contact the Admissions Office, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at 1-800-872-1787, or send an e-mail at


     Each year, we have limited seats available for students in the nursing major. Students admitted to our two-year program need to meet the requirements for admission to the university and the following additional requirements:

    Successful completion of a minimum of 16 high school or beyond units including:

    • 4 units in English
    • 2 units in Mathematics (1 unit must be in Algebra)
    • 3 units in Social Science
    • 1 unit in Biology with a related laboratory
    • 1 unit in Chemistry with a related laboratory
    • 5 units academic electives 

    Prospective students will be admitted directly with a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 and a minimum combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1025 (old test) or 1110 (new test). If you take the ACT, your composite score must be at least 22. Students transferring from another college or university must have completed a minimum of 12 college-level credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Students failing to meet these criteria may be admitted to a preparatory program.

    All applicants must arrange for all information to be released and sent to the Office of Admissions before any admissions decision can be rendered.

    Students must attain a minimum grade of “C“ in all required nursing courses and a minimum grade of “C-“ in all required General Education and elective courses.


    LPN-RN Option In addition to the admission requirements, if you are a licensed practical nurse seeking admission to the program, you must be a graduate of a state-approved LPN program, provide evidence of a current LPN license, and submit two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your clinical work.

    Advanced Standing for the LPN If you're an LPN and have been admitted to our associate degree program, you may be granted five credits in nursing by successfully completing the following requirements:

    1. The National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Examination I Practical Nurse-Registered Nurse (NLN ACE I PN-RN) Foundations of Nursing
    2. (2.00=C) of Nursing 0100 Transition Nursing for LPNs


    Additional Information:

    The Programs in Nursing require that students complete clinical rotations, fieldwork, and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university.  Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.


    With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, our nursing students take an active part in the learning process. 
    The curriculum offers numerous opportunities for practical hands-on experiences, with clinical instruction provided in the following local and surrounding agencies:

    Bradford Manor

    Bradford Ecumenical Home
    The Pavilion at BRMC
    Bradford Regional Medical Center
    Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
    Penn Highlands DuBois
    Penn Highlands Elk
    UPMC Kane
    Kane Lutheran Home        
    Warren General Hospital  
    Warren State Hospital
    Bradford Recovery Systems
    Dickinson Mental Health
    Physicians Offices
    Childbirth Education Classes
    Visiting Nurses' Association
    Bradford Senior Activity Center
    George G. Blaisdell Elementary School

    Distance Education at UPB is offered in a variety of ways, including Interactive Television (ITV), Online/web and Hybrid courses. 

    Blackboard Academic Suite is the e-Education Platform employed by the University of Pittsburgh for course management and delivery.  Course materials are placed on individual course web sites.  A variety of tools (such as the ability to send documents electronically, access grades online, WIKIs), and the ability to communicate electronically through e-mail, discussion boards, BLOGS, and chat may be used within the context of the course.  


    Boser, Mary

    Ms. Mary Boser

    Assistant Professor of Nursing


    250 Swarts Hall

    Dinger Mary

    Ms. Mary Dinger

    ASN Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nursing


    252 Swarts Hall

    Fiorentino, Lisa

    Dr. Lisa Fiorentino

    Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Rural Health Practice

    814-362-7646 FAX# 814-362-5044

    Marilyn Horne Hall 2 Main Street, Suite 214

    Haley Tammy

    Dr. Tammy Haley

    Director of Nursing and Radiological Science, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program


    254 Swarts Hall

    Truman Jean

    Dr. Jean Truman

    Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Nursing


    249 Swarts Hall


    Ms. Martha Dibble

    Instructor of Nursing


    250 Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Registered Nurse at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA
    • Registered Nurse Kane at Community Hospital, Kane, PA
    • Maternity Registered Nurse at Penn Highlands Elk Hospital Penn Highlands Elk Hospital, St. Marys, PA