School of Nursing

RN Options: RN-BSN, RN-MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader or Nursing Informatics)

Female nurse checking heartbeat of Male Patient in Doctor's OfficePitt Online offers the RN Options with opportunities for registered nurses to earn a BSN or BSN with early admission to MSN (in Nursing Informatics or Clinical Nurse Leader – CNL). Professional nurses will enhance their knowledge and career prospects at a school of nursing with an international reputation for excellence. The curriculum is designed to build upon the professional nurse’s experience and skill sets resulting in the completion of a BSN degree or complete the BSN and continue on and earn an advanced degree (Master of Science in Nursing) in one of the School of Nursing’s highly-ranked graduate degree programs/concentrations.

The RN Options program is offered in an online format for the RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs allowing more flexibility for the practicing nurse wishing to advance their education.  The School accepts up to 68 transfer credits (restrictions apply and are explained here) and if pursuing an advanced degree, 24 credits of the RN Options curriculum are bridge credits – they also count towards the first-year’s core courses for the graduate degree. So, you can earn both the BSN and MSN from an internationally-renown university while saving a YEAR of coursework.

RN Options provides professional nurses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills at a school of nursing with an international reputation for excellence.  Not only does this curriculum build upon a professional nurse’s strengths and experiences, it expands knowledge and practice skills to provide potential career-changing opportunities.

Courses are taught by the same faculty as the traditional four-year BSN and MSN programs, nursing leaders who are experts in their field.

The RN Options track and curriculum are designed for:

  • Registered nurses with either an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited diploma or associate degree
  • Registered nurses without a BSN who want to enter the Master’s program via the RN Options track.

Nursing leaders who are experts in their field teach the courses. Faculty serve as educators, role models and mentors.


All applications to the RN Options program are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Please visit the RN Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.

Admission of International Applicants

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The online application must be completed in English. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments.  For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Applicants page.

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Tuition for online programs in the School of Nursing is the same as the tuition for on-campus programs. Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found on our tuition and fees page.


Please visit the RN Options Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact the School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261