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. Click here to view our course descriptions guide.

The UPMC St. Margaret’s Schools of Nursing admit a 16 month full-time day class each Fall at both of it’s campuses. As part fof the overall curriculum plan, students also take support courses.
Full-Time Program​ ​ ​ ​
​ ​Semester 1 (Fall Term) Credits​ ​ Semester 2 (Spring Term) 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 (Summer Term)​ ​Semester 4 (Fall Term)
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
  **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 tranferable from an accredited college or university of the course was completed in the past 5 years, the total course credits match exactly, and the student's final grade was a C or better
 

St. Margaret Blawnox Campus

At the Blawnox campus all of the following courses are taught by Chatham University approved faculty. 
 

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

 

McKeesport  Campus

At the McKeesport  campus all of the following courses are taught by Penn State University approved faculty. 

 

BIOL 129 (GN) Mammalian Anatomy (4)

Anatomy of a mammal, with special reference to that of man. Students who have passed BIOL 421 may not schedule this course.
Theory Hours:  45
Laboratory Hours: 30
Credits:  4
 

BIOL 141 (GN) Introductory Physiology (3)

Explanation of the normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems. Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.
Theory Hours:  45
Credits:  3

BIOL 142 Physiology Laboratory (1)

Experiments demonstrating basic physiological principles, with special reference to man.
Laboratory Hours: 30
Credits:  1

HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3)

Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129.
Theory Hours:  45
Credits:  3

ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition

Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.
Theory Hours:  45
Credits:  3

MICRB 106 (GN) Elementary Microbiology (3)

Importance of microorganisms in health and disease, agriculture, and industry; descriptive course for students not planning advanced study in microbiology. The combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN must be taken to receive General Education credit in biology. Students must take a combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN to receive General Education credit in biology.
Theory Hours:  45
Credits:  3

MICRB 107 (GN) Elementary Microbiology Laboratory (1)

Selected techniques used to observe, identify and count bacteria; effects of chemical and physical agents on microorganisms. The combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN must be taken to receive General Education credit in biology. Students must take a combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN to receive General Education credit in biology. Prerequisite: or concurrent: MICRB 106
Laboratory Hours: 30
Credits:  1

PHIL 132 (GH) (BA)

This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
The course, as other 100-level Religious Studies Program and Philosophy courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take Religious Studies and Philosophy courses rather than for Religious Studies majors. This course will provide a critical survey of key concepts, problems, and figures in the short history of bioethics and in contemporary studies and possible future directions. The course will develop the student's analytical and critical skills through study of different views on the nature of life and what experimentation with life-forms morally entails. The course will examine the increasingly techno-scientific definition of the nature of life and the human condition and evaluate such arguments and positions of practice in regard to opposing views of life as inherently sacred. It will investigate the extent and breadth of moral arguments in regard to differing life forms and consider the rights of humans and non-human animals. Students will be graded on participation, case study analyses, a group presentation, and a final paper. PHIL 132/RL ST 131 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Theory Hours: 45
Credits:  3

Contact Us

UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing
Blawnox Campus
221 Seventh Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-784-4980

UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing
McKeesport Campus
1500 Fifth Avenue
4 Kelly Building
McKeesport, PA 15132

412-664-2860, option 2

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