Coordinates: 40°26′29″N 79°57′39″W / 40.441376°N 79.960732°W / 40.441376; -79.960732

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
DeanJacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN
Academic staff
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CampusOakland (Main)

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing is the nursing school of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded on April 6, 1939, the Pitt School of Nursing was officially separated from the School of Medicine and became an independent, professional school within the university. Ruth Perkins Kuehn served as the school's first dean and become the first nursing school dean in the country to earn a doctoral degree.[1] The Pitt School of Nursing is currently ranked tied for 7th in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.[2]


School of Nursing pin

Designed by former Dean Ruth Perkins Kuehn, the pin is based on the seal of the university from 1937 until the mid-1970s and bears a candle motif, which symbolizes the role of the nurse in health care.

Pinning ceremony

The pinning ceremony, begun in 1943, marks the culmination of a student's undergraduate program of study. During the ceremony, graduates of the program are awarded their School of Nursing pin. The ceremony includes the Passing of the Light ritual, which represents graduates' commitment to the ideals of excellence in nursing practice. For each graduating class, the student with the highest academic standing is designated as Keeper of the Light and becomes its custodian until it is passed along to a member of the following class.[3]


The Pitt School of Nursing is ranked 8th in the United States overall, according to current rankings published in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools".[4] Among the Pitt School of Nursing specialty programs ranked in the report, Nursing-Anesthesia ranked 1st, Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ranked 6th, pediatric nurse practitioner ranked 6th, and Adult Nurse Practitioner ranked 9th in the United States. As of 2013, the Pitt School of Nursing's on-line graduate program is ranked 9th in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[5] Moreover, the Pitt School of Nursing is ranked 3rd nationally in the number of research grants awarded from the National Institute of Health and in the top 10 nationally in the total amount of funding received.[6]

Victoria Building

The Victoria Building
The Victoria Building

The School of Nursing was originally scattered over five locations throughout the Oakland campus of the university. In August 1977, the programs and personnel of the school were brought together in the four-story Victoria Building, also referred to as Victoria Hall, that spans the block of Victoria Street between Lothrop and Darragh streets, adjacent to the main hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.[7] Designed by the architectural firm of Deeter, Ritchey, & Sippel,[8] construction of the Victoria Building was financed by the General State Authority and the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Victoria Building was formally dedicated on October 18, 1978.[9]

A Nursing Living Learning Community is located in the Lothrop Hall residence hall across the street from the Victoria Building.[10]

Preceded byPosvar Hall University of Pittsburgh buildingsVictoria Building Constructed: 1977–1978 Succeeded byMervis Hall
The Victoria Building bridge over Lothrop Street
The Victoria Building bridge over Lothrop Street


  1. ^ History.pdf
  2. ^ "School of Nursing | University of Pittsburgh". Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  3. ^ History.pdf, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing: Celebrating 65 Years of Tradition and Innovation, 1939-2004, pg. 10, access-date=July 26, 2008]
  4. ^ "Rankings: Nursing". U.S. News & World Report. 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pitt's School of Nursing Leaps to 7th Place Overall in the Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  7. ^ Victoria Hall on Pitt's virtual Campus Tour
  8. ^ Carnegie Mellon University Architectural Archives, access-date=July 27, 2008
  9. ^ "The School of Nursing Celebrates 30 Years In the Victoria Building" (PDF). Pitt Nurse. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. Fall 2007. p. 27. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "Nursing Living Learning Community". University of Pittsburgh Student Affairs. Retrieved February 6, 2013.

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