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St. Margaret School of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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 412-784-4993.

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

Free parking is available at the St. Margaret School of Nursing campus.

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.

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.

We have an NCLEX review course built into our nursing program at St. Margaret — N360.

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


We use a comprehensive standardized testing package throughout the nursing curriculum to ensure NCLEX success.

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
  • UPMC Magee-Women's Hospital
  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC McKeesport

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.

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

Call 412-784-4980​. We'll be happy to help!

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