Fast Track Back (Nursing Refresher Program)

The goal of Fast Track Back is to provide licensed professional nurses, who are not actively practicing, with evidence-based experiences that will enhance competence and confidence in knowledge, skill, and practice to support their transition back into the workforce.

Fast Track Back is held in two sections each spring:

Note that this is not a reinstatement program. 

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2020 Application process open from January 21, 2020 to March 2, 2020

Notification of acceptance:  Week of March 16, 2020

Section I

Six (6) - 6.5 hour sessions focused on the role of the RN practicing in health care today.  Emphasis on communication skills, systems review, physical assessment, pharmacology updates, and clinical judgment. Engagement strategies include: lectures, group discussion, independent study, clinical practice films, experiences in the clinical skills lab and human simulation center, analyzing case studies and opportunities for problem-based learning. Content focus is on adults.

  • Section I session dates will be held:  Wednesday:  April 1, 8, 15, 24, 29 May 6,  2019; from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Oakland Campus
  • Section I maximum continuing nursing education contact hours awarded will be 33, to participants attending all sessions and completing the evaluation forms.
  • Section I Cost:  $1,250 - includes all course materials.

Section II

Six (6) - 7.5 hour clinical experiences (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm) supervised by a School of Nursing faculty member, caring for adult medical/surgical patients in an acute care hospital setting. Section II participants must comply with all certifications, physicals, immunizations, and background/criminal clearances required by the clinical facility

  • Section II clinical days will be scheduled during the weeks of May 11 and 18, 2019. Clinical experiences will be in various hospitals depending on faculty and venue availability.
  • Section II maximum continuing nursing education contact hours awarded will be 45, to participants attending all clinical experiences and completing the evaluation. 
  • Section II Cost:  $1, 750 -  includes liability insurance

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

The following are requirements for successful applicants.

For all sections:

  • Complete the application and self-assessment
  • Current Pennsylvania nurse’s license
  • Have had previous acute care experience preferably in adult medical / surgical.
  • Not have been out of clinical practice for more than 15 years
  • Availability to attend all sessions

Prior to starting section II

  • Have current Basic Life Support / CPR certification.
  • Secure all necessary medical updates, immunizations, criminal clearances, and identification requirements for the clinical facility.