St. Margaret School of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Answers About St. Margaret's Nursing Program

Where is St. Margaret School of Nursing Located?

The campus is located in the Blawnox area of Pittsburgh, just 1.8 miles from UPMC St. Margaret hospital.

How Long is St. Margaret's Nursing Program?

Our nursing program at St. Margaret is 16 months of full-time classroom and clinical instruction.

How Much Will the Program Cost?

See our UPMC Schools of Nursing cost calculator to find out how much you can expect to spend. Or, call a Financial Aid Counselor at 412-784-4933.

We also offer financial aid at St. Margaret School of Nursing.

Where Should I Park?

Parking is available on the St. Margaret School of Nursing campus.

Is the St. Margaret Nursing Program Accredited?

Yes!

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

How Do I Apply to St. Margaret School of Nursing?

What's Your Transfer Credit Policy?

At St. Margaret School of Nursing, we realize that students have received credit from other schools.

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

We will decide your earned credit after you submit a transcript to the St. Margaret School of Nursing Admissions office.

Learn more about St. Margaret's Nursing School transfer policy (PDF) or call 412-784-4980 for more guidance.

What Financial Aid is Available for St. Margaret Nursing Students?

What Degree Do I Earn When I Graduate?

Upon graduation from St. Margaret School of Nursing, you will earn a diploma in nursing. This means you can take the national licensing exam — the NCLEX-RN — 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.

Find out more about Chatham's RN-BSN program.

We don't offer an LPN program at St. Margaret.

What Does St. Margaret Do to Prepare Me to Pass the NCLEX-RN?

We have an NCLEX review course built into our nursing program at St. Margaret — 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 St. Margaret Nursing Program? Where Are Clinicals?

St. Margaret's nursing program has over 800 hands-on nursing clinical hours.

You'll attend clinicals in a variety of sites across the UPMC hospital network, including:

  • UPMC St. Margaret
  • Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • UPMC McKeesport

What is the Program Schedule Like at St. Margaret School of Nursing?

Our program is a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences.

The schedule is 5 days per week with 6 to 8 hours of class or clinical training per day.

Where Can I Learn More About St. Margaret School of Nursing?

Have other questions or want to schedule a tour of the St. Margaret School of Nursing campus?

Call 412-784-4982. We'll be happy to help!

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