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Whether you’re a first-time student or are looking for a new career path, UPMC Schools of Nursing are here to help you accelerate your goals. With six campuses throughout Pennsylvania and various program lengths to accommodate your learning and lifestyle needs, UPMC Schools of Nursing pave your path to becoming a Registered Nurse in as little as 16 months.

Jouli Humberger, RN – ICU Nurse • Graduate of UPMC Mercy School of Nursing

Why Choose UPMC Schools of Nursing?

Reason #1

Gain hands-on experience

Get hands-on clinical experience in UPMC’s state-of-the-art facilities beginning on your first week of classes. By the time you graduate, you’ll have over 1,000 hours of clinical experience.

Reason #2

Works towards your BSN

Earn up to 69 college credit equivalencies by the end of your program, which you’ll be able to transfer to our partnering universities for an RN-BSN bridge program, including no-cost options for UPMC employees.

Reason #3

Save Money

Become a Registered Nurse up to 2 years sooner than you would at a traditional four-year degree program, at a fraction of the cost.

Reason #4

Set yourself up for success

Receive personalized guidance to help you gain the skills and confidence you need for a successful nursing career with a 1:8 educator-to-student ratio in clinical settings, as well as dedicated student success managers.

Reason #5

Learn from the best

With 10 UPMC hospitals receiving Magnet® Recognition for excellence in nursing, you’ll be learning from the best of the best – nurses and educators with experience in UPMC’s culture of cutting-edge nursing and compassionate care.

Campuses Close to Home

With campuses across Western and Central Pa., UPMC Schools of Nursing’s six locations are designed to help provide a cutting-edge nursing education close to the place you call home.

Program tracks that fit your life and goals

Students of all ages have different learning styles and preferences. That’s why UPMC Schools of Nursing offer four different program types to help you find your nursing school fit. Whether you’re looking to get your diploma as quickly as possible or you’re looking for a program that allows you to work while you study, UPMC Schools of Nursing have you covered.

16-month full-time program: Earn your diploma in four semesters with our standard accelerated nursing program. Classes begin in the fall and are M-F daylight hours.

  • Available at all campuses
  • UPMC Shadyside campus offers additional spring start date — to enroll in January 2023, submit your application by October 31, 2022

24-month extended program: Learn at the pace that works for you! This gradual program runs for six semesters, with classes during daylight hours.

  • Available at UPMC Mercy campus only

32-month part-time program: Designed for working professionals and non-traditional students, this 8-semester program includes evening and weekend classes to suit your lifestyle.

  • Available at UPMC Shadyside campus only

LPN-RN bridge program: Are you a current Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)? This 4-semester program is designed to help you grow your career to become a Registered Nurse in 16 months, eliminating introductory nursing courses.

  • Available at UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Jameson, and UPMC Hamot campuses


Tuition & Aid

We know the cost of higher education is intimidating, so we’re committed to keeping quality, innovative nursing education as affordable as possible. With UPMC Schools of Nursing, you can become a Registered Nurse up to 2 years sooner than you would in a traditional degree program – at a total cost that is less than the average cost of one year of college tuition.

Students who successfully complete their first semester and continue to meet academic requirements are eligible to receive up to $7,000/semester in tuition forgiveness* for all remaining semesters – and you’ll secure a nursing position with UPMC before you graduate! UPMC Schools of Nursing also participate in grant and loan programs for students with financial need.

* Must commit to a three-year work agreement with UPMC upon program completion. Click here for more information on tuition and fees. Click here to learn more about additional financial aid options.

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