University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Education and Training

2016 Winter and Spring Courses

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 and is available for UPMC employees through uLearn. Links to the registration form for non-UPMC employees are provided below. Most courses are held on the UPMC Shadyside Campus. Any changes in course location will be flagged in red.

Course times, unless otherwise specified, are as follows:

  • Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Lectures begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Course adjournment (unless otherwise specified) is at 4:30 p.m.

Specific course information including objectives, information on continuing education credits, course brochure and location are available by clicking on the link for a specific course brochure, or by clicking “View Program Flyer Announcement” for a specific program. Links to the registration forms for the special programs are also available once registration for that program is open.

For questions or to request additional information, email Mary Kate Egan at eganmk@upmc.edu or call 412-623-3651. Watch for additional information as it becomes available.



2016 Courses

Introduction to Oncology for the Health Care Provider

Date: Fridays, February 5, 2016; April 1, 2016, or June 3, 2016
Time: Ancillary & medical assistant staff: 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Nurses and clinical staff: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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 only 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 selected oncology emergencies.

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

To receive 6.6 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All 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 for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» Introduction to Oncology Course Brochure
» 2015 Introduction to Oncology Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Foundations to Practice in Oncology

2016 Winter Course Dates: Thursday, January 7, Thursday, January 14, Thursday, January 21, Thursday, January 28, Thursday, March 4, and Thursday, March 11 (snow day), 2016

2016 Spring Course Dates: Wednesday, March 23, Wednesday, March 30, Wednesday, April 6, Wednesday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

The following five courses make up the Foundations to Practice in Oncology series. It is strongly recommended that University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UPMC CancerCenter 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. Continuing education credits may be available for these courses.

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.

Participants who attend the entire day of class, submit a completed evaluation form, and attain a passing score of 85% on the quiz will be awarded a certificate and nursing contact hours.

» Foundations to Practice in Oncology Registration Form - 2016 Winter Courses
» Foundations to Practice in Oncology Registration Form - 2016 Spring Courses

Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment
Modalities and the Immune System

This course provides an overview of the principles and roles of various cancer therapies. Included are clinical trials, surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapies, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, complementary therapies, a review of the pathophysiology of cancer, and a review of the immune system.

» Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities and the Immune System Course Brochure

Overview of Solid Tumors

This course provides an overview of a variety of solid tumors, including breast, colorectal, lung, melanoma, prostate, genito-urinary, and others.

» Solid Tumors Course Brochure

Symptom Management of the Patient with Cancer

This course addresses how health care professionals can help patients deal with physical symptoms and issues related to their disease and its treatment, such as gastrointestinal manifestations, pain, fatigue, cutaneous reactions, nutrition, sexual function and reproductive issues, and psychosocial needs of patients, families, and caregivers.

» Symptom Management Course Brochure

Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Issues

This course addresses various oncologic emergencies, bone marrow depression, DIC, and thrombotic events. Immunosuppression and end-of-life issues are also addressed.

» Oncology Emergencies Course Brochure

Hematological Malignancies

This course provides an overview of specific hematological malignancies, including leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome. Presentations include information on staging, treatment options, and nursing care issues.

» Hematological Malignancies Course Brochure

All 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 for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course

2016 Winter Course Dates: Thursday, February 18, Thursday, February 25, Thursday, March 3, Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11 (snow day), 2016

2016 Spring Course Dates: Wednesday, May 4, Wednesday, May 11, Thursday, May 12, and Thursday, May 19, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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, and administration of anticancer agents and various issues concerning the management of patients receiving cancer therapy.

Continuing Education Credit for Entire Comprehensive Chemotherapy Course
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To receive 24.58 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire activity, complete the activity evaluation forms, and successfully complete the written exam with a score of 80% or greater.

This certificate confirms that the participant has successfully completed the course and has the theoretical foundation needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. This is not a certification course; individual institutions are responsible for determining their own requirements based on internal policies for assessing clinical competency in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

Continuing Education Credit for Comprehensive Chemotherapy Course for Interventional Radiology

UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

To receive 11.25 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the designated lectures, complete the activity evaluation forms, and successfully complete the written exam with a score of 80% or greater.

This certificate confirms that the participant has successfully completed the course and has the theoretical foundation needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. This is not a certification course; individual institutions are responsible for determining their own requirements based on internal policies for assessing clinical competency in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

Chemotherapy Course Testing
2016 Winter Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
2016 Spring Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This test taking time is only for UPMC employees. Chemo Course attendees and their managers may choose to have testing completed in a proctored setting at their work site. Please discuss with your manager prior to registration. Exam time is proctored and successful completion will fulfill course requirements.

Non-UPMC employees are also required to test, tests are mailed at course completion.

» View Chemotherapy Course Brochure
» Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course Winter 2016 Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)
» Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course Spring 2016 Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

All 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 for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

OCN® Test Review Course

Dates: Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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.

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.

To receive 14.91 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All 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 for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» View OCN® Test Review Course Brochure
» OCN® Test Review Course Registration Form

Stem Cell Transplant Course

Dates: Thursdays, April 14 and April 21, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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. Selected topics include differentiating types of transplants, mobilization and preparative regimens, growth factors, the role of total body irradiation, transfusion issues, graft vs. host disease, veno-occlusive disease, and other transplant related topics.

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.

To receive 13.08 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All 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 for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» View Stem Cell Transplant Course Brochure
» 2015 Stem Cell Transplant Registration Form for non-UPMC Registrants

Additional Oncology Educational Opportunities

Palliative Care Breakfast Series

Dates: Wednesdays, January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, and May 25, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Location: UPMC Shadyside Campus. Exact location will be provided via email.

This morning breakfast program addresses patient care issues and common problems encountered in the oncology palliative care setting. This program is offered monthly at the Hillman Cancer Center and via conference call to any interested UPMC site. No registration is needed for attendance at Hillman Cancer Center. Continuing education credit may be available. Light breakfast is served at the live location.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Dates: Wednesdays, January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Exact location will be provided via email.

Programs with ASRT credit and a focus on radiation oncology issues are offered monthly at UPMC Shadyside and via conference call to all interested UPMC sites. No registration is needed for attendance at UPMC Shadyside. Continuing education credit may be available for ASRT and nurses. Lunch is provided at the live location.