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Education & Training Courses Available

Courses for nurses, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who care for oncology patients are outlined below. Registration is required for all courses.

UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A user guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

Links to the registration forms for non-UPMC employees are provided below.

Time: Unless otherwise specified, are as follows:

  • Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Lectures begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Course adjournment is at 4:30 p.m.

Location: Courses are held on the UPMC Shadyside Campus at 5150 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter sent one week prior to the course.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit

UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. All courses will provide continuing nursing education credit.

Specific course information including objectives, information on continuing education credits, course brochure and location are available by clicking on the course brochure.

For questions or to request additional information, email Mary Kate Egan at eganmk@upmc.edu or call 412-623-3651.

The following five courses make up the Foundations to Practice in Oncology series:

  1. Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System
  2. Overview of Solid Tumors
  3. Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer
  4. Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues
  5. Hematologic Malignancies

It is strongly recommended that UPMC staff who are required to take the Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course take these five courses as a prerequisite. All others may take individual courses of choice.

Course Brochures:

Registration Forms:


  • Fall 2017 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – August 28, 2017
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – September 5, 2017
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – September 11, 2017
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – September 22, 2017
    • Hematologic Malignancies – September 25, 2017
  • Winter 2018 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – January 2, 2018
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – January 9, 2018
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – January 16, 2018
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – January 23, 2018
    • Hematologic Malignancies – January 30, 2018
    • Snow Day – February 2, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – March 19, 2018
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – March 26, 2018
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – April 2, 2018
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – April 9, 2018
    • Hematologic Malignancies – April 16, 2018
    • Snow Day – April 23, 2018

This one-day course provides a general overview of cancer, the disease process, treatments, symptom management, and its impact on patients and families. It is intended to enhance the practice of both health care professionals and ancillary staff who care for cancer patients in hospitals, ambulatory care, home care, hospice, extended care, or rehabilitation settings.

Staff members can attend the morning session or the entire day. The morning topics are applicable to all staff, including nurses, office staff and other health care professionals, who want to learn more about what cancer is, treatment options, and psychosocial needs of cancer patients. The afternoon topics are geared for nurses and other staff who need to learn more about assessment and care of oncology patients, the use of blood products, and select oncology emergencies.


  • August 4, 2017
  • October 6, 2017
  • December 1, 2017
  • February 2, 2018
  • April 12, 2018
  • June 1, 2018

This four-day course is designed to address needs of nursing, pharmacy and other professionals in relation to chemotherapy and biological therapies. It includes information on current pharmacotherapy, safe handling, administration of anticancer agents, and various issues concerning the management of patients receiving cancer therapy.


  • Summer 2017 Course: August 8, 2017, August 10, 2017, August 14, 2017, August 16, 2017 and the test date is to be determined
  • Fall 2017 Course: October 3, 2017, October 9, 2017, October 17, 2017, October 23, 2017 and October 20, 2017 (test date)
  • Winter 2018 Course: February 12, 2018, February 19, 2018, February 26, 2018, March 5, 2018, March 12, 2018 (snow day), and March 20, 2018 (test date)
  • Spring 2018 Course: May 1, 2018, May 8, 2018, May 15, 2018, May 23, 2018 and May 29, 2018 (test date)

This two-day course addresses the individual and joint needs of nursing, pharmacy, and other professions in relation to stem cell transplantation. It includes information on current transplantation issues such as patient work-up, disease process, and patient care and management. Topics include types of transplants, mobilization, preparative regimens, growth factors, the role of total body irradiation, transfusion issues, graft vs. host disease, veno-occlusive disease, and other transplant related topics.


  • Fall 2017 Course: October 30, 2017 and November 6, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Course: May 7, 2018 and May 14, 2018

This two-day course provides an overview of the information required to assist the oncology nurse in preparing for the oncology nursing certification (OCN) exam. Information provided in this course is consistent with review materials provided by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.


  • Fall 2017 Couse: October 20, 2017 and October 21, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Course: April 5, 2018 and April 6, 2018