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St. Joseph's College New York    
 
    
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing


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Maria A. Fletcher, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Director
Margaret Eckert-Norton, Ph.D. Assistant Director
 

The Department of Nursing offers two undergraduate programs: a 4 year pre-licensure program and a blended RN-BSN program. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The curriculum is planned to maximize the strengths the registered nurse brings to the baccalaureate program. The program focuses upon the utilization of nursing theory; the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health for clients; the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills; and the development of leadership skills appropriate to beginning professional practice. The research process as it relates to nursing is taught and utilized throughout the program. Clinical experiences are provided at a variety of health care settings under the direction of the Nursing faculty.

The Department of Nursing offers a traditional 4 year baccalaureate program. The program focuses upon the utilization of nursing theory; the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health for clients; the synthesis of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and the liberal arts and sciences to provide a foundation for professional nursing practice, the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills; and the development of leadership skills appropriate to beginning professional practice. The research process as it relates to nursing is taught and utilized throughout the program. Clinical experiences are provided at a variety of health care settings under the direction of the Nursing faculty.

The purpose of the 4 year pre-licensure program is to provide students a professional nursing education that will ignite their spirit of inquiry and commitment to lifelong learning and reflective practice by:

  • Providing graduates with a breadth of knowledge and values from both the liberal arts and the nursing profession

  • Preparing graduates for professional practice in a variety of health care settings

  • Offering a strong foundation for nurses who wish to apply for advanced graduate-level programs after earning a BSN

Admission Process and Requirements

 Freshman Admission into the 4 year BSN program

 Students must meet the following:

 1. Completed application

 2. Official High School transcripts with an overall GPA of B- (80.0- 82.9) or better

 3. Science, lab and Mathematics grades of B- (80.0- 82.9) or better

 4. One letter of recommendation

 5. Standardized test scores

 6. Essay or personal statement of 200-300 words

  7. $25.00 application fee

  8. Completed and cleared background check from approved company (fee paid by applicant) prior to the start of classes

 

Transfer Admission as a student into the Pre-licensure Nursing Program

Students must meet the following:

1. Completed application

2.  Official College transcripts: GPA of at least 2.7 or higher on a scale of 4.0 (80 or better)

3. Science, lab and Statistics grades of 2.7/ B- (80.0- 82.9) or better

4. A grade 2.0/C (73.0-76.9) or better in all other college courses required for the nursing program

5. Two letters of recommendation

6. Essay or personal statement of 200-300 words

7. $25.00 application fee

 8. Completed and cleared background check from approved company (fee paid by applicant) prior to the start of classes

 

Candidates for admission to the Nursing program must submit:

  1. A Nursing program application.

  2. Transcripts of lower-division coursework. If student copies of transcripts are submitted initially, official transcripts must be on file within the first 18 credits of coursework at St. Joseph’s College.

  3. Two letters of reference from employing agency or School of Nursing attesting to the candidate’s clinical competency and potential for professional growth.

  4. Proof of licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State.
     

Candidates for admission to the Nursing program must have:

  1. Graduated from an Associate Degree Nursing Program or a Hospital Diploma Program accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Education in Nursing (ACEN) . Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLNAC or ACEN may be eligible for conditional admission to the nursing program if they meet all other admission requirements. Specific requirements apply to those admitted on a conditional basis.

  2. A current license in New York State as a Registered Professional Nurse or eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Students must have a current New York State RN license within one year of enrollment. It is required for entry into the capstone course.

  3. Completion of lower-division course requirements. Candidates are eligible to apply for admission after completing 24 credits of lower division course requirements at a regionally accredited community or senior college. CLEP challenge exams are available in selected science and liberal arts courses.

  4. A satisfactory cumulative grade point average in lower-division course work. All candidates with a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale will be reviewed for admission. Preference will be given to those with a 3.0 or above grade point average.

Satisfactory scores on the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) II RN-BSN Tests required for graduates of Hospital Diploma Programs and students admitted to the program on a conditional basis. These tests must be taken no later than the second semester after admission to the program.  Students are expected to complete the RN-BSN program within 7-14 semesters, including summers. The majority of part time students complete within three years. Full time students can complete within two years.
 

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      Nursing

      Students under the direction and guidance of faculty develop a learning contract for each clinical nursing course. The learning contracts are designed in accord with the student’s academic and professional background and the objectives of the course. The use of the learning contract provides for student self-direction and participation in the selection of their learning experiences. Clinical hours are planned on a to-be-arranged basis.

      The Department of Nursing reserves the prerogative to adjust admission and program requirements in response to changes in accreditation or credentialing/registration criteria.

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