UPMC Wolff Learning Academy Center for Nursing Excellence

Welcome to the UPMC Wolff Learning Academy Center for Nursing Excellence

Nurses are encouraged to advance on the inpatient/procedural and surgical services My Nursing Career ladders by completing any section of coursework found on this page. At the conclusion, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

UPMC Wolff Learning Academy Certificates of Completion are for internal UPMC advancement only and are not considered a professional or specialty certification that confers a credential. Each Certificate of Completion is valid for 2 years. 

*Nurses approaching the 2-year anniversary of completing a UPMC Wolff Learning Academy Certificate of Completion are required to complete a different UPMC Wolff Learning Academy Certificate of Completion to maintain their UPMC advancement at each 2-year anniversary date.  The same program cannot be completed within 3 renewal periods (6 years).

Link to Infonet for additional My Nursing Career resources:

My Nursing Career outlines each ladder and requirements for advancement. 

My Nursing Career Inpatient/Procedural and OR Contributions, Credentials, and Certificates/Certifications outline certification requirements. 

For external UPMC approved certifications and certificates and instructions on how to submit a course/certification for approval, refer to External UPMC-approved Nursing Certifications and Certificate Programs.

Refer any questions about your specific My Nursing Career program back to your local HR Department.

Quality Outcomes Essentials

This is a self-paced, comprehensive program designed to provide UPMC staff the knowledge and skills needed to initiate and support quality initiatives within the framework of UPMC policies, practices, and expectations.

Begin your UPMC Wolff Center Certificate of Completion in Quality Outcomes Essentials

Patient Safety Essentials

This is a comprehensive program designed to provide UPMC staff (Patient Safety Specialists, Physicians, Clinicians, Leadership, nurses, etc.) the knowledge and skills needed to initiate and support improved patient safety outcomes within the framework of UPMC safety-related policies, practices, and expectations.  A Just Culture is also essential to patient safety by promoting an environment where employees and staff are encouraged to report safety events and near misses.

Begin your UPMC Wolff Center Certificate of Completion in Patient Safety Essentials

Quality Improvement Fundamentals

This program will lead the participant through the quality improvement (QI) process from start to finish by providing fundamental principles and practical applications of QI science to assist with any QI project. This program includes asynchronous, self-paced course completion and live, virtual workshop attendance.

Begin your UPMC Wolff Center Certificate of Completion in Quality Improvement Fundamentals

Quality Education Series

This five-month course is designed for individuals with little or no prior quality improvement experience that have a quality improvement project they would like to tackle. The course combines a series of virtual classroom sessions, asynchronous coursework, and coaching calls with real-world work on a local improvement project that is centered around system-wide goals. The goal of the course is to teach students how to execute a Quality Improvement (QI) project from start to finish. QES runs annually from September to January and is by application only. Attendance at the QES sessions and project completion are required for MNC submission. Complete your MNC Submission here following course completion. 

Apply for the Quality Education Series (QES)

Advanced Quality Education Series

The series is comprised of six didactic virtual sessions presented by outside experts and UPMC leaders, as well as collaboration with the project coach and coursework through the Wolff Learning Academy. The goal of the series is that participants will both learn how to implement successful QI projects and become the next generation of quality leaders at UPMC. It is designed for participants with quality improvement experience who desire a deeper understanding of the QI process. By application only.

Apply for the Advanced Quality Education Series (AQES)