School of Nursing

Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

The Midwest's premiere School of Nursing

Welcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing! The Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN with Educational or Organizational Leadership Emphasis, MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

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Pittsburg State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central Region of the United States.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Pittsburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230; 785-296-4929. 

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About Us

  • Welcome from the Director
  • Nursing Scholarships
  • Our History

Cheryl GieferWelcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. I'm excited that you are considering continuing your education with us. Whether you're new to the field of nursing or an experienced professional, our accomplished faculty will help you broaden your knowledge, improve your skills and achieve your career goals.

Our program has been setting the standard for nursing education for more than 50 years. It's why the region's leading hospitals, clinics and nonprofit organizations seek out nurses from Pittsburg State University.

Our faculty are also practicing nurses, so they understand the needs of today's healthcare environment. We pride ourselves on our rigorous curriculum and the level of personal attention we provide for each student. It's what sets us apart and why we enjoy an undergraduate retention rate of more than 97 percent!

Thank you again for considering the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. I encourage you to browse our site to learn about our different programs. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Cheryl Giefer, Ph.D., APRN-BC, FNP-C

Director/University Professor - Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing






Pittsburg State University offers many scholarship opportunities for students including nearly 50 scholarships specifically for nursing students. Read the latest offerings and requirements to see which nursing scholarships which may be available for you.

The Bradley School of Nursing’s history dates back to the 1940s when what was then known as the Mount Carmel School of Nursing first opened its doors. As with many early nursing schools, the Mount Carmel School of Nursing was overseen by nursing administrators from the local Mount Carmel Hospital before transitioning over to Pittsburg State University in 1970.Nursing Historical

The nursing program quickly grew in stature with its first BSN graduates in 1973, RN program in 1974, and MSN in Family Nursing in 1993. In recognition of its growing size and complexity, the university and Kansas Board of Regents, in 2013, elevated the program to the rank of school. In September of that same year, the newly designated school acquired the name “Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing” in honor of university alumnus Dr. Fay Bradley’s mother. The designation was in recognition of Dr. Bradley’s generous gift to the School of Nursing.

In June 2015, the Bradley School of Nursing became the first program within Pittsburg State University to offer a doctoral program when it became approved to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

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Contact Information

Director: Cheryl Giefer, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
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Contact: Tracey Mussa

Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone 620-235-4431