Chatham University

Pathways to Nursing Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Chatham University 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 ā€œCā€ 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
  • TEAS test score of "proficient" or higher. Offered by ATI at https://atitesting.com/Home.aspx and required for admission to Shadyside School of Nursing

If accepted for admission to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, the candidate will 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 the Pathways to Nursing Program, all students are required to satisfy the requirements for participation in clinical rotations including background checks and health screenings.

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 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" if the appropriate documentation is not completed in a timely manner.

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.