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Admissions Criteria for Prospective UPMC Nursing Students

You do not need to take any college courses before applying to UPMC Schools of Nursing. You only need a high school diploma or GED.

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We provide you with the academic and clinical courses that you need to be a successful nurse.

Admissions Checklist: Steps for Applying to Nursing School at UPMC

Step 1. Take TEAS test

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), is the only admissions test score accepted by the UPMC Schools of Nursing. In order to be considered for admission, you must score proficient, advanced, or exemplary on the TEAS test.

Upon meeting the TEAS qualifications, applicant must submit scores to the Pre-admissions Coordinator.

Pre-Admission Testing Coordinator contact:

The prospective student will have the option to:

Step 2: Complete your UPMC School of Nursing application

Our UPMC Schools of Nursing application form (PDF) is straightforward. It includes elections of which UPMC nursing school you want to attend and whether you want to enroll in a part-time or full-time program.

You should also write a 300-350 word personal statement explaining what becoming a nurse means to you.

The application also includes two required reference forms and a request for high school and any post-secondary coursework transcripts.

Step 3: Complete reference forms

We're looking for two professional references. They can be an employer, a coworker, or a former teacher.

Have them complete the form and return it to you in a sealed envelope.

Download the UPMC Schools of Nursing reference form (PDF) or use the forms from your application packet.

Step 4: Request your transcripts

We require both your high school transcripts (or copy of your GED) and any college courses you have earned credit for. This helps us decide whether to award credit for your previous courses.

» Read the UPMC Schools of Nursing transfer credit policy (PDF).

A transcript request form is included as part of your application. You can make copies and send to each of your schools. Or, download copies of the UPMC Schools of Nursing transcript request form (PDF).

Step 5: Submit your nursing school application materials to UPMC

Gather your test scores, application, transcripts, personal statement, and completed reference forms.

Send the packet to the school of your choice before the application deadline.

Our schools have a rolling admissions policy. This means you can submit your application far in advance of the deadline for admissions consideration.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact UPMC Schools of Nursing.​​​​​​​

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