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Examine What Makes Our BSN Programs Better.

Carlow University offers the most affordable nursing programs in the Pittsburgh region. More importantly, we provide the mentorship, support, advising, simulation-based training and clinical experience you need to pass the NCLEX exam—and pass it on the first try.

Carlow prepares nurses to lead fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. We’re ready to help you do the same.

How Carlow Compares

Among Pittsburgh’s top BSN programs, Carlow’s stack up extremely well.


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BSN Program Highlights

  • Top NCLEX pass rates
  • State-of-the-art simulation center
  • Vast clinical experience opportunities
  • Pre-requisites built into pre-licensure BSN

Region-Leading Exam Pass Rates

Carlow has been the region's leader in pass rates for the State Board Examination in Nursing (NCLEX-RN) in recent years. In the latest exam period, 95% of Carlow’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates passed the NCLEX exam on their first try.

Why a BSN?

Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Increased Opportunity

Better Patient Outcomes

Greater Nurse Satisfaction

  • Increased Opportunity

    Hospitals and state agencies continue to advocate a BSN for at least 80% of all nursing staff. Your BSN degree gives you more and better career options.

  • Better Patient Outcomes

    Studies confirm that hospitals with higher percentages of BSN staff produce better patient outcomes.

  • Greater Nurse Satisfaction

    Studies find higher job satisfaction among BSN credentialed nurses.

The complexity of nursing care requires transitioning from skill-based competencies to critical thinking, evidenced-based practice, and complex decision making and leadership. BSN-prepared nurses are better equipped to manage this complexity.

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Your Carlow Advantage

As an urban institution with a hands-on and longstanding connection to culturally diverse communities, Carlow University educates nurses to bring an unmatched awareness for cultural competence and an abiding sense of social justice to the bedside.

Pittsburgh: Medical Innovation Center

Pittsburgh offers world-class medical research, dozens of medical startup companies, and two large academic medical centers: Allegheny Health Network and UPMC Health System. Breakthroughs in breast cancer diagnosis, organ transplantation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), drug discovery, and the first successful polio vaccine all began here.

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A sampling of Carlow’s Clinical Nursing Opportunities

  1. Allegheny Health Network hospitals
  2. UPMC Children’s Hospital
  3. UPMC Magee Womens Hospital
  4. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  5. VA Pittsburgh Health Care

Carlow’s Teaching/Advising Difference

  • State-of-the-art simulation center
  • High community involvement
  • Deep cultural awareness
  • Invested faculty advisors
  • Hands-on curriculum
  • Team-based clinical practice
  • Strong alumni network
  • Center for Academic Achievement
    • Peer tutors
    • Academic coaches

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