Nursing (Pathways to Nursing)

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Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) Overview

Chatham University and UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing are proud to offer Nursing (Pathways to Nursing), a collaborative track to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) prepares world-ready nurses to develop the skills necessary in today's healthcare system. In four years, a Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) student can graduate with a BSN, RN license, and a year of work experience as an RN. 

  • Take general education and science courses at Chatham's Shadyside Campus, and prelicensure nursing courses at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing (SSON).
  • You will officially become a Chatham RN-to-BSN student when you pass the NCLEX-RN during your third (junior) year and become an RN. 
  • After successfully passing the NCLEX-RN you will enter Chatham's accredited online RN-BSN program for your final (senior) year.

Degrees Offered
  • BS
Program School

Chatham’s Pathways to Nursing Program

Take an “inside look” at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing (SSON), part of a partnership exclusive to Chatham University’s unique Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) BSN degree. Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) students take undergraduate courses at Chatham and their nursing courses at SSON.

Explore the Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) Degree:

Basic Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

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 lecture and two hours of lab per week. Enrollment in a school of nursing is required.

Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing

This course is focused on various cultural and specialty populations. Multiple aspects of culture, vulnerability, and needs of individual populations will be analyzed and discussed. Content includes issues of ethics, social justice, health literacy, and barriers to care. 

Foundational Concepts of Nursing

This course introduces the student to the foundational concepts of nursing practice across the lifespan. Basic care and comfort is explored through the concepts of nutrition, elimination, safety, mobility, and sensory perception. Physical assessment is a major component of this course. The promotion of health and wellness is an underlying theme carried throughout the course. The student is introduced to basic foundational skills of nursing practice, including medication administration, through both the clinical and lab settings. Students engage in clinical experiences in inpatient medical-surgical units.

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Applications for admission to the Chatham University Nursing (Pathways to Nursing) program must include:

  • The Chatham University online or paper application
  • The supplemental UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing application
  • An essay explaining what becoming a nurse means to you
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation
  • High School transcripts showing graduation date and 2 years of science with related lab coursework
  • Post-secondary Education: all transcripts must be submitted
  • Completion of the following high school courses with a “C” or higher
    • 4 years of English
    • 2 years of Science (Biology or Chemistry) with a related Laboratory
    • 2 years of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra)
    • 3 years of Social Studies
  • Recommended: Anatomy and Physiology
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • SAT > 1050 or ACT > 21 or TEAS test score of “proficient” or higher. Offered by ATI and required for admission to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing.

If accepted for admission to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, receive a written offer of acceptance. To reserve a space in the incoming class, the candidate must acknowledge acceptance in writing per the letter offering admission to the school.

Once accepted to Nursing (Pathways to Nursing), all students are required to satisfy the requirements for participation in clinical rotations including background checks and a health screening, and a current CPR certification.

All students will be provided a current checklist detailing documentation to be provided and the respective submission deadlines when attending a post-acceptance UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Information Session.

Students not meeting the requirements to enter or remain enrolled in the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Program will receive written notification from the School of Health Sciences Dean's office advising them to select an academic major other than Nursing (Pathways to Nursing). Students are required to complete appropriate documentation to secure a different academic major and advisor. The University Registrar’s Office will automatically change the student’s major to “undeclared” and assign a new advisor if the appropriate documentation is not completed within the timeframe designated in the notification letter.

Post-Acceptance Information Session/New Student Orientation

Attendance at a post-acceptance information session/new student orientation is required once the offer of admission has been accepted. Topics covered at these sessions include: academic schedules, photo ID cards, and compliance requirements.

Faculty

If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.

Full Faculty
Diane Hunker
Program Director of Nursing, DNP Program Coordinator & Professor of Nursing
Emily Hopkins
Associate Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator, IRB Co-Chair
Julie Slade
Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN-BSN Program Coordinator
Lora Walter
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Pathways to Nursing Coordinator
Jennifer Wasco
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Practice Experience Coordinator

State of the Art Facilities and Practices

UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing offers a state-of-the-art human simulation lab and a curriculum based on quality and safety principles. 

Careers and Future Development

Once you earn your degree, you will have opportunities for career placement at facilities like UPMC Shadyside Hospital, a Magnet® recognized facility. You can also advance your career potential with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University.

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