Professional Development & Continuing Nursing Education

The mission of the Department of Professional Development (PD) and Continuing Nursing Education is to be a champion for the advancement of nursing science, education, and practice of professional nurses. Providing high-quality evidence-based educational activities to enhance professional nursing practice, and interprofessional development through educational activities, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 


  • Champion scientific inquiry by sharing relevant research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement findings.
  • Design evidence-based educational activities to improve professional practice.
  • Facilitate professional role development for nurse leaders, educators, advance practice nurses, alumni, and those returning to the work force.
  • Create interprofessional partnerships to provide interprofessional education.
  • Ensure compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation’s Provider Unit Standards.
  • Provide online orientation support for new part-time School of Nursing Faculty, Teaching Fellows/Assistants, and Preceptors, as a supplement to established University and School of   Nursing programs
  • Design/develop content for continuing education certificate programs for targeted audiences addressing specific learning needs, e.g., preceptor education for various practice settings, certification review programs, etc.

View Pitt Nursing's  PD Calendar for upcoming learning activities.


ACT 31 Requirements for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Information regarding initial training and continuing education in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Requirements in Pennsylvania.

Live/Webinar Events

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing provides live/webinar events.

Enduring/Online Activities

These self-paced educational activities are designed to permit participants to complete them when it best fits into their schedules.

SBIRT Teaching Resources

The “Substance Use Education for Nurses: SBIRT” curriculum has been used to successfully train over 500 undergraduate student nurses at the University of Pittsburgh. 


This new, interactive program has been designed for nurse practitioners who are new to cancer care.

Becoming a Preceptor

At PITT, preceptorships are used in the undergraduate, senior and master’s level courses to bridge the gap between theory and practice.