Pittsburgh RN Programs - Pennsylvania

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RN Programs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a great place to pursue a career in nursing. There are many RN programs to choose from in and around the city. The first step in beginning a rewarding career as a registered nurse is to choose a school. After graduating from an RN program, one must pass the NCLEX licensure exam in order to become a registered nurse.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

One can become a RN in Pittsburgh with either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. A full-time student can earn an ADN in about two years, and he or she can earn a BSN in as little as four years.

While one can earn an associate's degree in about half the time it takes to earn a bachelor's, there are benefits to the latter as well. Nurses who have earned a BSN may be more likely to qualify for promotions and have a higher earning potential.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

A student wishing to become an RN in Pittsburgh can earn a degree at a campus in or around the city, or pursue a degree online. While an online program may still require a clinical component, completing classes in this way provides greater flexibility. These programs are great for those who are working full-time while going to school.

Traditional, campus-based RN programs are also a good option. The major advantage to these programs is the face-to-face interaction between students and instructors. On-site programs are more structured, and require students to attend classes at the times when they are scheduled, but for some this is helpful.

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Which schools offer Pittsburgh RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Pittsburgh?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Pennsylvania. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Pennsylvania. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Pennsylvania.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
PO 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: (717) 783-7142
Fax: (717) 783-0822

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Other Pittsburgh Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Laroche College
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Mercy Hospital
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
St. Margaret Memorial Hospital
815 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
UPMC Shadyside Hospital
5230 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Western Pennsylvania Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Carlow College
3333 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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