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UPMC Schools of Nursing Curriculum

The nursing 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.


16 Month Full Time Program (4 Semesters) 

An accelerated and intensive program offered at ALL SIX UPMC Schools of Nursing. Classes are scheduled Monday - Friday and daylight hours. UPMC Shadyside- Pittsburgh is the only location admitting in both Spring and Fall.

24 Month Extended Option Program (6 Semesters)

This program is designed for students who desire an alternative to our accelerated program.  Classes are scheduled during daylight hours and in a gradual pace.  UPMC Mercy location only.  

32 Month Part Time Evening and Weekend Program (8 Semesters)

This program plan caters to our working professionals, or other non-traditional students.  Classes are scheduled up to two evenings per week and reduced weekends.  UPMC Shadyside location only.

LPN-RN Bridge Program (4 Semesters)

A program designed for active LPNs seeking to advance their career as a Registered Nursing.  Upon achieving qualifications LPN(s) will be exempt from 1st semester nursing courses.   

UPMC Jameson, UPMC Jameson at UPMC Hamot, and UPMC St. Margaret locations only.

Eligible Transferrable Courses

As part of the overall curriculum, students are enrolled into non nursing courses, instructed by our partnering universities. These courses are transferable from accredited institutions if completed within 5 to 10 years, final grade C or better, and reviewed for equivalencies.

Learn more about of transfer of credit guidelines

Nursing Course Descriptions

At UPMC Schools of Nursing, we are dedicated to academic excellence. We incorporate quality and safety for nursing education concepts into theory and clinical instruction to prepare graduate nurses for transition to practice as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.