Shadyside School of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Answers About Shadyside's Nursing Program

Where is Shadyside School of Nursing Located?

We're located less than a mile from UPMC Shadyside hospital, in the beautiful Shadyside community of Pittsburgh.

How Long is Shadyside's Nursing Program?

Shadyside offers two types of programs to fit your schedule.

Our full-time program is 16 months, while our part-time program is 36 months.

How Much Will the Program Cost?

Use our UPMC Schools of Nursing cost calculator to see how much you can expect to spend on the nursing program at UPMC Shadyside.

Find details on financial aid at Shadyside School of Nursing or contact a Financial Aid Counselor at 412-623-2353.

Where Should I Park in Shadyside​?

Many of our students find street parking around the Shadyside School of Nursing campus.

You can also contact the Pittsburgh Parking Authority for more guidance on open lots around campus.

Is the Shadyside Nursing Program Accredited?


All UPMC Schools of Nursing have national accreditation by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

How Do I Apply to Shadyside School of Nursing?

What's Your Transfer Credit Policy?

We know that some students have received credits from other colleges.

We will accept courses with the equivalent content, and the same number of credits, where the student has earned a grade a "C" or better.

We will decide your earned credit once submit a transcript to the Admissions office.

Find more details on Shadyside's School of Nursing transfer policy (PDF) or call our Admissions office at 412-623-4069 for more guidance.

What Financial Aid is Available for Shadyside Nursing Students?

What Degree Do I Earn When I Graduate?

Upon graduation from Shadyside School of Nursing, you will earn a diploma in nursing. This means you can take the national NCLEX-RN licensing exam and begin working as an RN.

We also partner with Chatham University to make it simple for you to earn your BSN after you graduate.

Learn more about Chatham's RN-BSN program.

We don't offer an LPN program at Shadyside.

What Does Shadyside Do to Prepare Me to Pass the NCLEX-RN?

We have an NCLEX review course built into our nursing program at Shadyside — NUR 399.

We offer this review course the last semester of the program, just before students take the exam.

How Many Clinical Hours Are in the Shadyside Nursing Program? Where Are Clinicals?

Our program has over 800 hands-on nursing clinical hours at sites across the UPMC hospital network, including:

  • UPMC Shadyside
  • Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • And UPMC McKeesport, to name a few

What is Shadyside's Nursing Program Schedule Like?

For our full-time program, the schedule is 5 days per week with 6 to 8 hours of class or clinical training per day.

The part-time evening/weekend schedule involves 2 to 3 nights per week or 2 weeknights plus Saturday. Classes begin after 5 p.m.

We schedule clinical nursing classes 2 nights per week and a minimum of every other weekend. Saturday and Sunday clinical hours are during the day.

Where Can I Learn More About Shadyside School of Nursing?

Have more questions or want to schedule a tour of the Shadyside School of Nursing campus?

Give us a call at 412-623-4069. We'll be happy to help!

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