Nursing (Pathways to Nursing BSN) Curriculum
Pathways to Nursing
Pathways to Nursing prepares world-ready nurses to develop the skills necessary in today‘s health care system. Through a partnership with UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing students enroll in a combination of courses at both locations for their first six terms. General studies courses are completed at Chatham University. Students will simultaneously complete the nursing diploma program at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council for Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse) to obtain a license as a registered nurse (RN). Students who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN enter into Chatham's Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited RN-to-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program for the final two terms. The degree can be completed in three years through the accelerated option, which includes taking a full credit load each summer. Students will officially be recognized as Chatham students throughout the program.
Eligibility for Pennsylvania Nursing Licensure
Pennsylvania law prohibits the State Board of Nursing from issuing a license to anyone who has been convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance, unless at least ten years have elapsed from the date of conviction, and the applicant satisfies other criteria of personal rehabilitation. At the time of application for licensure, the State Board also requires reporting of any crime, felony, misdemeanor, or pending criminal charges.