Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation has granted the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg $1.5 million to support a growing nursing degree program at the campus.
Now in its second year, the bachelor’s of science in nursing program welcomed its second class of students this fall and is recruiting its third. University officials expect by 2020 to have just under 300 students enrolled in the program and to graduate about 75 nurses each year.
It’s the first on-site BSN program in Westmoreland County, according to university President Sharon P. Smith.
One of the program’s goals is to address a shortage of nurses in the region who have earned degrees.
The program is affiliated with the internationally recognized University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing and holds national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Pitt-Greensburg program follows the same curriculum as the Pitt School of Nursing. Graduates will qualify to take an examination to be licensed as professional nurses.