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What we Study

Nursing students at Westminster College embark on a four-year journey of preparation for entry into a rewarding, high-demand profession. Through a collaboration with the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing, enrolled students are provided with a high quality liberal arts education leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) from Westminster College and a Diploma in Nursing from UPMC Jameson School of Nursing. 

At Westminster College, nursing students prepare for their careers in the health field beginning day one. Through completing general science courses and other first year requirements, year one of the Collaborative Nursing Plan is dedicated to preparing students for acceptance into the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing and getting them adjusted to the Westminster RN-BSN program curriculum.

In year two, nursing students complete various experiential learning opportunities such as nursing courses, lab experiences and clinical placements within the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing. Students also complete additional liberal arts courses required for the BSN degree at Westminster. 

At the end of the third year, successful graduates of the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing are eligible to complete the NCLEX-RN exam the summer before returning to finish their last year at Westminster College. With active RN licensure, students continue in the College’s RN-BSN/post-licensure program in year four to complete upper-level nursing coursework and fulfill remaining requirements needed for graduation. 

CCNE Public Disclosure Statement for Nursing Education Programs

The RN-BSN/Post-licensure Program at Westminster College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

For any questions, please contact:

Tricia Ryan, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor and Department of Nursing Chair
Contact: or 724-946-7470


What can you do with a Nursing degree?

Imagine yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN).  RN’s with a BSN degree have numerous options in nursing to choose from including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, trauma nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, home health care and community-health nursing.  In addition, many RN’s continue their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree.  Registered Nurses can also earn professional certifications to become nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (CRNP) and nurse educators (CNE).  The profession of nursing IS more rewarding than you can imagine.