Fast Track Back (Nursing Refresher Program)

The Fast Track Back nursing skill refresher program provides professional nurses who are not actively practicing with an update on the current trends and skills needed to care for adult medical/surgical patients in an acute care setting.

Fast Track Back is held in two sections each spring:

Note that this is not a reinstatement program. 

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Section I

This portion of the nursing skill refresher program covers the roles of the RN practicing today, with an emphasis on communications skills, systems review, physical assessment, pharmacology updates, and clinical decision making. Fast Track Back is taught through lecture, group discussion, independent study, clinical practice films, and exercises in the clinical skills lab and human simulation center.  

Contact Hours Awarded: 33
Section I Cost:  $1,250 (includes all course materials)

Application links closes March 19, 2018

Acceptances Notifications: March 26, 2018

Program begins  April 11, 2018

  • April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, and 16
  • Hours: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Section II

Participants in this section will care for adult medical/surgical patients in an acute care hospital setting, under the supervision of a School of Nursing faculty member. The clinical days will be scheduled after Section I concludes.

Contact Hours Awarded: 45
Section II Cost:  $1,750 (this includes liability insurance)

Clinical Sessions: Six clinical days, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Session II held weeks of May 21st., and May 28th. 

Note that you must attend all clinical days to complete the program.

General Requirements for Applicants

For all sections:

  • Current Pennsylvania nurse’s license
  • Experience caring for adult medical/surgical patients in an acute care setting
  • Not have been out of clinical practice for more than 15 years
  • Availability to attend all sessions

Before moving to Section II:

  • Current BLS/CPR certification
  • All necessary physicals, immunizations, and background and criminal clearances that are required by the clinical facility