Undergraduate Nursing Programs

The department offers four tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Whether you are just graduating from high school, looking to change careers, or want to further your education after licensure as an RN, we have a track for you.

Overview of Requirements for the Nursing Major

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Liberal Arts Foundational and Enriched Core 36 credits
Nursing Prerequisites 25 credits
Nursing Courses 63 credits
Total 124 credits

Total of 125 credits for freshmen that includes the one credit Freshman Seminar course.

All students are personally responsible for arrangements and expenses related to transportation to and from the clinical affiliating agencies.

Track I (Second degree)Track II (RNs)Track III (Traditional)Track IV (Transfers)

Track I (Second degree: Students with B.A./B.S. degree)

This track is for students who have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and seek a career change to nursing. Second degree students complete 25 credits of prerequisite course work before taking the 63 credits of nursing major course work.

Admission of Second Degree Students

Students applying to Caldwell University with a B.A./B.S. degree must send the following to the University:

  • A completed application;
  • Official transcript(s);
  • Essay and letter of recommendation.

Second Degree Student Admission Policies

Selection of Second Degree Students is based on:

  • Minimum admission GPA of 2.75;
  • Nursing pre-requisites accepted with a grade of C or higher;
    Science courses must be five years old or less to be accepted for transfer;
    Applicants with transcripts documenting pre-requisite course completion will be given higher
    ranking in admission decision making;
  • All Nursing (NU) courses must be completed at Caldwell University.

Second Degree Student Filing Dates

March 1 – Application deadline for Second degree students.

Curriculum for Second Degree Students (88 Credits)

Nursing Prerequisites* (25 credits)

The nursing program requires all admitted students to have completed the prerequisite courses listed below prior to the start of nursing classes.

  • BI 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4)
  • BI 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4)
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry with Lab (4)
  • BI 315N Microbiology with Lab (4)
  • PS 150 General Psychology I (3)
  • SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • MA 207 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

Nursing Courses (63 credits)

  • NU 301 Fundamentals of Nursing (6)
  • NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
  • NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)
  • NU 306 Adult Health I (8)
  • NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NU 413 Healthcare Policy and Finance in Nursing (3)
  • NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (6)

Track II (Registered Nurses)

This track is for RNs with an associate degree or a diploma who seek advanced education in nursing . A new online program for RNs is available as well as a face-to-face program.

Click here for more information about the online RN to BSN program.

Caldwell University staff members are dedicated to assisting RN students and can answer questions about credit evaluations. The RN curriculum is comprised of 61 credits of liberal arts core and prerequisite course work and 63 credits of nursing major course work. The 61 required liberal arts credits are often substantially reduced for the RN student after transfer credit evaluation.

Admission Requirements

RN students applying to Caldwell University with a must send the following to the University:

  • A completed application;
  • Official transcript(s);
  • Current New Jersey RN license.

RN to BSN Student Admission Policies

Selection of RN to BSN Students is based on:

  • Admission GPA of 2.75;
    • Nursing prerequisites accepted with a grade of C or higher;
    • Students may receive credit by challenge examination for the Health and Cultural Assessment course.

RN Student Filing Dates

RN students are admitted on a rolling basis and can enroll for any term.

July 1 – Recommended filing date for RN to BSN students interested in applying for the fall semester.

November 1 – Recommended filing date for RN to BSN students interested in applying for the spring semester.

R.N. to B.S.N. Curriculum

The R.N. to B.S.N. Curriculum includes Core, Nursing prerequisites, and Nursing courses. Students must have a minimum grade of C for the required nursing prerequisites (25 credits) or complete the courses at Caldwell University.

Liberal Arts Core/ 36 Credits

  • Communication Arts (3)
  • English Literature & Writing (6)
  • Fine Arts (3)
  • Modern Language (3)
  • History (3)
  • Math (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Theology (3)
  • Catholic & Dominican Tradition (3)
  • Global Awareness & Cultural Understanding (3)
  • Ethical Inquiry & Applications (3)

Nursing Prerequisites (25 Credits)

The nursing program requires all admitted students to have completed the prerequisite courses listed below prior to the start of nursing classes.

  • BI 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4)
  • BI 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4)
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry with Lab (4)
  • PS 150 General Psychology I (3)
  • SO 101 Introduction To Sociology (3)
  • BI 315N Microbiology with Lab (4)
  • MA 207 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

Nursing Courses (63 credits/30 credits awarded)

  • NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
  • NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)
  • NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 413 Health Policy and Finance in Nursing (3)
  • NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (6)

 

Track III (Traditional Students: High School Graduates )

Admission Requirements

Selection of the freshman student is based on:

  • An official high school transcript, class rank and activities;
  • Completion of four units of English, two units of modern language, four units of math and three or more units of science courses that includes Biology and Chemistry, one unit of history and other college preparatory courses;
  • Minimum admission GPA of 2.75;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • SAT scores of 1000 or higher in Math and Critical Reading are recommended or similar scores on the ACT;
  • A personal essay.

Caldwell University offers advanced placement credits to students who qualify by earning a score of 3 or higher.

Traditional Student Filing Dates

December 1 – Completed application due if interested in Early Action.

After December 1 , applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Requirements for the Nursing Major

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Liberal Arts Foundational and Enriched Core 37 credits
Nursing Prerequisites 25 credits
Nursing Courses 63 credits
Total 125 credits

B.S.N Curriculum

Liberal Arts Core 37 Credits

  • Communication Arts (3)
  • English Literature & Writing (6)
  • Fine Arts (3)
  • Modern Language (3)
  • History (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Theology (3)
  • Catholic & Dominican Tradition (3)
  • Global Awareness & Cultural Understanding (3)
  • Ethical Inquiry & Applications (3)
  • Freshman Seminar (1)

Nursing Prerequisites (25 Credits)

The nursing program requires all admitted students to have completed the prerequisite courses listed below prior to the start of nursing classes.

  • BI 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4)
  • BI 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4)
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry with Lab (4)
  • PS 150 General Psychology I (3)
  • SO 101 Introduction To Sociology (3)
  • BI 315N Microbiology with Lab (4)
  • MA 207 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

Nursing Courses (63 credits)

  • NU 301 Fundamentals of Nursing (6)
  • NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
  • NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)
  • NU 306 Adult Health I (8)
  • NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NU 413 Healthcare Policy and Finance in Nursing (3)
  • NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (6)

Track IV (Transfer Students )

This track is for students with some college experience. Caldwell University staff members are dedicated to assisting transfer students during the transfer process and can answer questions about transfer evaluations. Transfer students complete 61 credits of liberal arts core and prerequisite course work before taking 63 credits of nursing major course work.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to Caldwell University with some college credits must send the following to the University:

  • A completed application;
  • Official transcript(s);
  • An official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores with essay, if you have completed less than 30 credits;
  • Personal essay and letter of recommendation.

Nursing Transfer Admission Policies

Selection of Transfer Students is based on:

  • Admission GPA of 3.0;
  • Nursing pre-requisites accepted with a grade of C+ or higher;
    • Science courses must be five years old or less to be accepted for transfer.
    • All Nursing (NU) courses must be completed at Caldwell University.

Transfer Student Filing Dates

March 1- Application deadline for Transfer students.

Curriculum for Transfer Students

Liberal Arts Core/ 36 Credits

  • Communication Arts (3)
  • English Literature & Writing (6)
  • Fine Arts (3)
  • Modern Language (3)
  • History (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Theology (3)
  • Catholic & Dominican Tradition (3)
  • Global Awareness & Cultural Understanding (3)
  • Ethical Inquiry & Applications (3)

Nursing Prerequisites (25 Credits)

The nursing program requires all admitted students to have completed the prerequisite courses listed below prior to the start of nursing classes.

  • BI 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4)
  • BI 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4)
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry with Lab (4)
  • PS 150 General Psychology I (3)
  • SO 101 Introduction To Sociology (3)
  • BI 315N Microbiology with Lab (4)
  • MA 207 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

Nursing Courses (63 credits)

  • NU 301 Fundamentals of Nursing (6)
  • NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
  • NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)
  • NU 306 Adult Health I (8)
  • NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NU 413 Healthcare Policy and Finance in Nursing (3)
  • NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (6)

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