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  • Bachelor of Science

A collaboration offering the Carlow Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Saint Vincent campus
Why Choose a Carlow BSN at Saint Vincent?
  • We expect excellence: Carlow’s nursing program has the highest pass rate in the Pittsburgh area – 100 percent for new BSN grads in 2017! Nursing excellence is a Carlow tradition: BSN graduates from Carlow University have had the highest NCLEX* first-time pass rate in the Pittsburgh area for the past four years.
  • This program will allow students to enjoy Saint Vincent’s academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences while living on our beautiful campus all four years.
  • Students are required to have a 1,060 SAT score in reading and math and a 3.0 overall high school grade point average.
  • The BSN in nursing requires 120 credits, including the nursing major, general education, support and the liberal arts, with clinical nursing courses beginning in the sophomore year, and all course work to be completed on the Saint Vincent campus. Students will receive a BSN degree from Carlow University.

*National Council Licensure Examination, a nationwide examination for licensing of nurses in the United States since 1994.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for the Bachelors of Science in Nursing

    As a student in the Carlow University Nursing Program, you will learn core nursing knowledge that builds upon  biology and chemistry courses offered by Saint Vincent faculty in our tradition of a strong science foundation:

    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    • Pharmacology
    • Neuropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Legal, Ethical and Political Issues in Health Care
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Wellness across the Adult Lifespan
    • Women’s Health and Neonatal Nursing
    • Nursing Care of Adults


    Curriculum – Sample First-Year Schedule

    Fall Semester
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric – 3 credits
    BL 150 and BL 151 General Biology I and lab  - 4 credits 
    PY 218 Lifespan Development – 3 credits
    CA 120 Public Presentation – 3 credits
    NU 102 Professional Issues – 3 credits
    *All students will take a one-credit course designated as a First-Year Seminar.  

    Spring Semester
    NU 110 Wellness – 3 credits
    NU 106 Nutrition - 3 credits
    CH 101 and CH 103 General Chemistry with Lab – 4 credits
    MA 107 Quantitative Reasoning – 3 credits
    TH 119 First Theology – 3 credits

Program Highlights

A History of Excellence in Nursing

By partnering with Carlow University, Saint Vincent College is offering nursing students a high-quality education from a school with a rich history of nursing innovation. Carlow’s Department of Nursing has been educating nurses since 1948 – more than 70 years! Today, Carlow’s College of Health and Wellness continues that tradition of excellence.

Saint Vincent College has a long tradition of excellence in preparing students for careers in medical and health fields. This collaboration opens the College to a new direction in health-related opportunities for students.

The Saint Vincent Advantage

In addition to the nursing courses taught by Carlow faculty, students will complete general education, support and liberal arts courses to complete core requirements, all taught by Saint Vincent faculty.

Saint Vincent College has a history of more than 170 years of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates of our programs in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing have a rich heritage of success in many health-related disciplines including allopathic and osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy and nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be housed in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, which includes the new James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall, featuring a new human anatomy lab that allows students to assist and learn from outstanding area surgeons.

At Saint Vincent College, you will have faculty members who work hard to ensure your success and provide you with the benefit of a liberal arts education, as well as the excellence of Carlow University’s nursing program, Pittsburgh’s finest nursing program.

On-Site Clinical Preparation

Students will have clinical rotations at a variety of regional sites that include Excela Health locations near Saint Vincent College and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Graduates will be prepared to provide direct and indirect nursing care to individuals, families and groups in diverse settings, supporting health promotion and disease prevention as well as offering therapeutic and restorative care.

Graduates from the BSN program at the Saint Vincent campus will be well prepared for careers in health care systems regionally and nationally.


Ms. Carla Tomas
Nursing Director 
Phone:  724-805-2752


Dr. Stephen M. Jodis
Phone: 724-805-2631 Ext. 2631