Nursing Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to prepare a graduate capable of practicing professional nursing, at a beginning level, with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. The Tanner's clinical judgment model serves as a framework for the development of clinical reasoning skills. A conceptual model is utilized, emphasizing health teaching and health promotion, with QSEN serving as the framework. View our course descriptions guide.
 
The UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing admits a a 16-month, full-time day class each fall and spring; and a 36-month, part-time evening/weekend class each fall.  As part fof the overall curriculum plan, students also take support courses, which are taught by Chatham University approved faculty.
 
Full-Time Program​ ​ ​ ​
​ ​Semester 1 Credits​ ​ Semester 2 Credits​
NUR111 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts 4​ NUR211 Health Promotion Concepts​ 4​
NUR112 Basic Health Concepts​ 5​ NUR212 Family Health Concepts​ 4​
NUR113 Health Assessment Concepts​ 1​ NUR215 Pharmacology in Nursing I​ 2​
Anatomy & Physiology I​ 4​ Anatomy & Physiology II​ 4​
College Writing & Research​ 3​ Lifespan Development​ 3​
Total Credits​ ​17 Total Credits​ ​17
Semester 3 ​Semester 4
NUR311 Adult Health Concepts​ ​6 NUR380 Complex Health Concepts​ ​7
NUR312 Mental Health Concepts​ ​5 ​NUR382 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts ​5
NUR315 Pharmacology in Nursing II​ ​2 ​NUR399 NCLEX Preparation ​2
​Microbiology ​4 ​Biomedical Ethics ​3
Total Credits​ ​17 ​Total Credits ​17
 
Part-Time Program​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Semester 1 Credits​ ​Semester 2 ​Credits Semester 3 ​Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I​ ​4 ​Anatomy & Physiology II 4​ Microbiology ​4
​College Writing & Research ​3 ​Lifespan Development ​3 ​Biomedical Ethics ​3
Total Credits​ 7​ ​Total Credits 7​ ​Total Credits 7​
Semester 4 ​Credits ​Semester 5 ​Credits ​Semester 6 ​Credits
​NUR111 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts
4​ NUR211 Health Promotion Concepts ​4 NUR215 ​Pharmacology in Nursing I ​2
NUR112 Basic Concepts​ ​5 ​NUR212 Family Health Concepts ​4 ​NUR312 Mental Health Concepts ​5
Total Credits​ ​9 Total Credits​ ​8 ​Total Credits ​7
Semester 7 Credits​ ​Semester 8 Credits​ ​Semester 9 Credits​
NUR311 Adult Health Concepts​ 6​ ​NUR380 Complex Health Concepts ​7 ​NUR382 Professional Nursing & Health System Concepts ​5
​NUR315 Pharmacology in Nursing II ​2 -------------------------​ ​NUR399 NCLEX
​2
Total Credits​ ​8 ​Total Credits ​7 ​Total Credits ​7
**Per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, a credit hour is a unit of measure, not necessarily an indicator of transferability of credit.  The receiving institution decides whether to accept credits for transfer.
 

Support Courses

As part of the overall curriculum plan, students take the following support courses. These courses are transferable from an accredited college or university if the course was has been completed in the past 5 years, the total course credits match exactly, and the student's final grade was a C or better
 

ENG 105 - First Year Writing Seminar

First Year Writing Seminars provide students with practice in critical reading, analytical thinking, and academic writing within a participatory, challenging First-Year Seminar setting. Seminars on discipline- based topics selected by individual Chatham faculty focus on acquiring skills in writing, information literacy, and oral presentation through frequent practice and regular coursework. Students are encouraged to ask difficult questions, consider multiple answers, and develop strategies for articulating and arguing their intellectual positions. Supplemental Instruction will be required through the Learning Center for students who need additional support with writing skills beyond what is normally covered in the classroom.
Theory Hours: 45
Credits: 3
 

PHI 210 – Biomedical Ethics

This course is concerned with the ethical issues arising from recent biomedical innovations or issues that might arise from future innovations.  Among the topics discussed are new definitions of death and personhood, killing versus letting die, allocation of scare medication resources, organ transplants, genetic engineering, the psychiatric control of human behavior, and new projected techniques of human sexual and asexual reproduction.
Theory Hours: 45
Credits: 3
 

BIO 115 - Basic Microbiology

This course is designed for students who need a broad coverage of microbiology and have little or no background in biology or chemistry. It includes a study of microscopic organisms and their relation to health and disease. There is a special emphasis on disinfection, sterilization, immunology, and microbiological aspects of infectious disease. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing
Theory hours: 45
Lab hours: 30
Credits: 4
 

BIO 116 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology I

This is the first of two courses designed for students who need a broad coverage of anatomy and physiology and have little or no background in science. It includes a study of the structure and function of human cells, tissue, organs, and systems. Clinical applications of anatomy and physiology will also be considered. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing.
Theory hours: 45
Lab hours: 30
Credits: 4
 

BIO 117 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology II

This is the second of two courses designed for students who need a broad coverage of anatomy and physiology  and have little or no background in science. It includes a study of the structure and function of human cells, tissue, organs, and systems. Clinical applications of anatomy and physiology will also be considered. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 116.
Theory hours: 45
Lab hours: 30
Credits: 4
 

PSY 152 - Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed.
Theory hours: 45
Credits: 3
 
 

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412-623-2950​

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