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Education and Training Courses Available

COURSE PLANS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO EVOLVING COVID SITUATION. Please reach out to the education team for questions.

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 Learning. Learning is located within HR direct on the left-hand side of the Infonet home screen. 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 approximately 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.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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 Brittni Prosdocimo at bittnerb@upmc.edu or call 412-623-3671.

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:

Dates:

  • Fall 2021 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – September 8, 2021
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – September 15, 2021
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – September 22, 2021
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – September 29, 2021
    • Hematologic Malignancies – October 6, 2021
  • Winter 2022 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – January 3, 2022
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – January 10, 2022
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – January 20, 2022
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – January 27, 2022
    • Hematologic Malignancies – February 4, 2022
    • Snow Day – February 9, 2022
  • Spring 2022 Course
    • Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and the Immune System – March 7, 2022
    • Overview of Solid Tumors – March 14, 2022
    • Symptom Management of Patients with Cancer – March 21, 2022
    • Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Care Issues – March 30, 2022
    • Hematologic Malignancies – April 4, 2022

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.

Dates:

  • July 1
  • August 5
  • September 1
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2

This four-day course is designed to address needs of nursing, pharmacy, advanced practice providers, 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.

Dates:

  • Summer 2021 Course: August 23, 2021, August 26, 2021, August 30, 2021, August 30, 2021, September 2, 2021, and September 16, 2021 (test)
  • Fall 2021 Course: October 14, 2021, October 21, 2021, October 27, 2021, November 1, 2021, and November 16, 2021 (test)
  • Winter 2022 Course: February 10, 2022, February 18, 2022, February 23, 2022, March 4, 2022, March 10, 2022 (snow day), and March 18, 2022 (test)
  • Spring 2022 Course: April 11, 2022, April 18, 2022, April 25, 2022, May 2, 2022, and May 16, 2022 (test)

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.

Dates:

  • Fall 2021 Course: November 8, 2021 and November 15, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Course: April 29, 2022 and May 6, 2022

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.

Dates:

  • Fall 2021 Course: November 22, 2021 and December 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Course: May 13, 2022 and May 20, 2022