RN Refresher

Fast Track Back

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is offering the Fast Track Back (FTB) program.  FTB consists of two (2) separate sections.


Section I is didactic and conducted at the Oakland Campus.  This Section  will reacquaint participants to the following areas: the role of the RN practicing today, physical assessment, systems review, pharmacology update, clinical decision making, and communication skills. This will be accomplished using evidence-based information through: lecture, group discussion, independent study, participation in exercises in the clinical skills lab and human simulation center, and skill development using the clinical practice films. Section I consists of six (6) sessions. Sessions will meet weekly. Each session will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend all classes in order to satisfactorily complete Section I and to be eligible to participate in Section II. Contact Hours Awarded:  33

  • Section I Cost:  $1,250 - this includes all course materials
  • Applicants must have a current PA nurse’s license
  • Applications are now being accepted for FTB - Section I.
  • Space is limited to 20 participants.

Section II provides acute care medical-surgical experiences at the local Pittsburgh or Johnstown Hospitals. Section II will consist of 6 clinical days (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) with the supervision of a School of Nursing instructor. The clinical days will be scheduled after Section I concludes.  Participants work with a clinical preceptor. Participants are required to attend all clinical days to successfully complete the program.  

Contact Hours Awarded:  45

Section II Cost:  $1,750 – this includes liability insurance 

Questions regarding Section I or Section II in Pittsburgh contact:  Yvonne Janosko at ymj1@pitt.edu; for questions regarding Section II in Johnstown contact Dr. Nancy Grove at ngrove@atlanticbb.net 

For additional information and application, visit the Pitt School of Nursing CE website.