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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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Both sections of Fast Track Back have been canceled for 2020.
Please check back in October of 2020 for the 2021 Fast Track Back schedule.

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 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 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.