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The UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing RN diploma program is in the process of adopting an 68-credit curriculum. A new program plan and course descriptions are being created and will be available soon.

The faculty at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing believes professional nursing practice is theory-guided and evidence-based.

The graduate nurse will demonstrate curriculum completion and program outcomes at a satisfactory or exemplary level at the time of graduation from our program and transition into practice.

Completion and outcomes reflect the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required for professional practice. Our program outcomes, defined below, are supported by our curriculum competencies and the outcomes identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

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Program Outcomes

At the completion of the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing program, the graduate nurse will:

  • Integrate best current evidence into practice and emulate clinical expertise, while incorporating the objectives of health care reform.
  • Defend the impact of professional nursing practice in relationship to quality patient outcomes and the objectives of health care reform.
  • Demonstrate emergence as a leader by being a self-aware, goal-setting, intentional learner who questions, organizes, connects meanings, reflects on professional practice, and adapts accordingly.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  • Assume accountability for making sound clinical decisions to ensure the safe care of patients and families, utilizing the dimensions of noticing, interpreting, responding, and reflecting.
  • Examine the use of Core Measures and Nursing Sensitive Indicators of quality to improve care processes in the clinical environment.
  • Function effectively with the interdisciplinary health care team, achieving collaboration through fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to promote quality patient care.
  • Value compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs, while incorporating the patient or designee as a partner and the source of control.

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Clinical Affiliating Agencies

Clinical experiences are provided at UPMC Shadyside, as well as other hospitals and health care agencies within UPMC.

Clinical experiences are scheduled during daylight, evening, and weekend hours.

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Curriculum Progression Policies

  • All nursing courses within a level must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in courses at the next level.
  • Beginning with the 200 level, students are not permitted to take two nursing courses simultaneously.
  • Students enrolled in a school offering both full-time and part-time programs, may only take courses offered for the specific program in which they are enrolled.
  • All science courses must be completed prior to, or by the end of, the first level nursing courses.
  • The maximum time allotted for completion of the total program is 150% of program length:
    • Thirty-three (33) months for students enrolled in a full-time (FT) program.
    • Seventy-two (72) months for students enrolled in a part-time (PT) program.
  • Reapplication is required if the program has been interrupted for any reason.
    • Students may apply for readmission only once to any school in the UPMC Schools of Nursing system.
    • Students must apply for readmission within one year of the last date of attendance. After one year, students will not be accepted to any of the UPMC Schools of Nursing.
  • Students who fail a single course (college or nursing) are permitted to apply for readmission to any of the UPMC Schools of Nursing.
  • Students who fail more than one course are not eligible for readmission at any of the UPMC Schools of Nursing.
  • A theory grade of 76% is the minimum acceptable passing grade for all nursing courses.
  • A clinical rating of Pass is required for all nursing courses with a clinical component.
  • Failure in either the theoretical or clinical portion of any nursing course will result in failure of the course.
  • Courses from approved outside academic institutions with a grade less than C will not be accepted for transfer.
    • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) I and II must be completed at the same institution.
    • A&P I and II, Microbiology, and Nutrition courses must have been completed within the last five years.
    • Logic and Human Growth and Development courses must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • Students must achieve a grade of C or above in affiliate college courses to continue. Students who do not achieve a grade of C or above in the affiliate college courses will be terminated from the program.
  • Opportunities for bonus points/extra credit assignments do not exist.
  • Grading of affiliate college courses will follow the policies of the college.
  • Transfers from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time are on a space available basis at the discretion of the director. Students desiring a transfer must complete a Transfer Request Form and submit it to the Registrar six weeks prior to the start of the course.
    • Students may only change status once throughout the nursing program.
  • Students are not permitted to take classes in a split semester format. A split semester is defined as follows: A student taking a 16-week class (college or nursing) and then starting a second 16-week class (college or nursing) halfway through the first 16-week class.

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Repeating a Nursing Course

  • Repeating a course is defined as full participation in all class and clinical activities as outlined in the class/clinical attendance policies. Course-specific evaluative methods such as exams, papers, clinical evaluations, and nursing plans of care will be required. A grade and credits are awarded and a transcript will be generated. Payment of full tuition and related fees is required.
  • A repeat course grade is the prevailing grade for the progression decisions.

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Definition of Failure

  • A student is considered failed when any one of the following conditions has been met:
    • Less than a C in an affiliate college course
    • Less than 76% in a nursing course
    • “Fail” rating in clinical
    • WF (Withdraw Failure) grade
    • Termination for violation of the Student Performance and Behavior Expectations Policy
    • Termination for violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy

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Contact Us

Shadyside School of Nursing
Motor Square Garden
5900 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


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