Nursing

Directed by Marycarol Rossignol, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.L

 The department of Nursing offers four entrance tracks leading to the B.S. in Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program offers pre-licensure professional preparation for second degree, traditional, and transfer students and post-licensure degree completion preparation for registered nurses.

Program RequirementsAdmissions Requirements
 

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

Students entering as freshmen are required to take an additional one credit Freshman Seminar course for a total of 125 credits.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE (27 or 28 credits)

Communication Arts (3)
English (6)
Fine Arts (3)
History (3)
Language (3)
Mathematics (3)
Philosophy (3)
Theology (3)
Freshman Seminar (Freshman Only) (1)
Social Sciences (Nursing Prerequisites) (6)
Natural & Physical Sciences (Nursing Prerequisite) (3)
Computer Science (Waived)

ENRICHED CORE (9 credits)

Catholic and Dominican Tradition (3)
Global Awareness and Cultural Understanding (3)
Ethical Inquiry and Applications (3)

NURSING PREREQUISITES* (25 credits)
BI 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Core) 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 (Core) (3)
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (Core) (3)
MA 207, MA 208 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

*Note: 9 credits meet the core requirement as well.

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

• Meet College admission requirements
• Science courses over five years old will not be accepted for waiver.
• Overall admission and progression on admission GPA ? 2.75
• Minimum Grade of “C” for all required nursing prerequisites
 (A science course may be repeated once)
• Meet requirements for the Nursing Major:

– Must earn a grade of “C+” or above in all nursing major courses (NU) in order to progress.
– Refer to the probation and dismissal section for more information.
– Satisfactory performance in all components of the course, ie., theory, lab and clinical is necessary to pass.
– Complete all nursing courses at Caldwell College.

Track II (Registered Nurses)

• Meet College admission requirements
• Current New Jersey RN license
• Overall progression GPA ? 2.75
• Minimum Grade of “C” for all required nursing prerequisites

– Students who do not meet science requirements may receive credit by challenge examination or departmental/course final examination if applicable.

– Students may challenge the Health and Cultural Assessment course by departmental/course final examination and performance of a comprehensive physical assessment.

• Meet requirements for the Nursing Major:

– Must earn a grade of “C+” or above in all nursing major courses (NU) in order to progress.
– Refer to the probation and dismissal section for more information.
– Satisfactory performance in all components of the course, ie., theory, lab and clinical is necessary to pass.
– Complete a minimum of 30 credits at Caldwell College.

Track III (Traditional Students)

• Meet College admission requirements
• Overall progression GPA ? 2.75
• Minimum Grade of “C” must be achieved in all required nursing prerequisites (A science course may be repeated once)
• Meet requirements for the Nursing Major:

– Must earn a grade of “C+” or above in all nursing major courses (NU) in order to progress.
– Refer to the probation and dismissal section for more information.
– Satisfactory performance in all components of the course, ie., theory, lab and clinical is necessary to pass.
– Complete all nursing courses at Caldwell College.

Track IV (Transfer Students)

• Meet College admission requirements
• Overall admission GPA ? 3.0
• Minimum Grade of “C+” must be achieved in all required nursing prerequisites for credit to be accepted for transfer (a science course may be repeated once).
• Science courses over five years old will not be accepted for transfer.
• Overall progression GPA ? 2.75 
• Meet requirements for the Nursing Major:

– Must earn a grade of “C+” or above in all nursing major courses (NU) in order to progress.
– Refer to the probation and dismissal section for more information.
– Satisfactory performance in all components of the course, ie., theory, lab and clinical is necessary to pass.
– Complete all nursing courses at Caldwell College.

Requirements Upon Entering Nursing (NU) Major Courses

Admission to the fall nursing class is not a guarantee for students who need to complete prerequisites.

Prior to beginning the nursing major, students must:

• Meet all health requirements
• Comply with CDC recommended immunization guidelines
• Complete the approved criminal background check and urine drug test
• Obtain professional liability insurance
• Complete American Heart Association CPR certification, Basic Life Support for the healthcare provider
• Complete standardized testing

R.N. to B.S.N. (Online and On Campus)

The R.N. to B.S.N. Track requires the completion of eight nursing courses (33 credits). The courses can be taken online or on campus. The R.N. to B.S.N. curriculum encompasses 124 credits in total that includes the 30 credits awarded, 61 credits Liberal Arts Core, and 33 nursing credits. Students may transfer 61 credits Liberal Arts Core credits if equivalent courses already completed or complete the courses at Caldwell College. Students must have a minimum grade of C for the nursing prerequisites (25 credits). Students may receive credit by examination for the Health and Cultural Assessment course. Registered Nurses must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Caldwell College.

LIBERAL ARTS FOUNDATIONAL AND ENRICHED CORE (36 credits)

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

NURSING PREREQUISITES (25 credits)

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, MA 208 or PS 208 Statistics (3)

NURSING COURSES (33 credits & 30 credits awarded)

Fall Semester

NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)

Spring Semester

NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (4)
NU 310 Pharmacology (3)

Fall Semester

NU 413 Health Policy and Finance in Nursing (3)
NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)

Spring Semester

NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
NU 420 Community and Public Health (6)

Probation and Dismissal

All students in the nursing major must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students will be placed on probation if their cum GPA falls below 2.75. A student will be dismissed if their cum GPA falls below 2.75 for two consecutive semesters.

Once dismissed, a student may not apply for reinstatement in the nursing major.

In addition nursing students will be placed on probation if the receive a grade of “C” or lower in one nursing course with the exception of NU 301. All students must receive a “C+” or higher in NU 301.

Students taking nursing (NU) courses will be dismissed for the following circumstances:

  • An earned grade of less than “C+” (2.5) in NU 301
  • Two NU course grades of less than “C+” (2.5). Excludes NU 301 as cited above.
  • More than two withdrawals from NU courses
  • Unsafe clinical practice as evaluated by a faculty member
  • Violation of Nursing and/or College policies
  • A cum GPA of less than 2.75 for two consecutive semesters
  • A student dismissed from the nursing major cannot apply for reinstatement in the major.

STATEMENT OF OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

Evaluation of student learning demonstrates that graduates have achieved identified competencies consistent with the institutional mission and professional standards and that the outcomes of nursing education have been achieved. The program uses data from outcomes assessment tools (students, alumni and employer) for curriculum development and revision. Additional outcome measures may include but are not limited to NCLEX results, standardized test results, advisory board communications, and graduation rates.

Standardized examinations are used throughout the program to enhance NCLEX-RN preparedness. Based on student standardized examination performance, an individualized remediation plan is developed and completed to foster NCLEX-RN success. The standardized testing and remediation plans provide individualized feedback to students regarding essential content areas and advanced thinking skills. Course syllabi clearly indicate when the standardized examinations and remediation are included as course requirements.

The “Letter of Completion” will be sent to the New Jersey Board of Nursing when the student has successfully fulfilled all nursing major requirements that includes but is not limited to completion of the baccalaureate curriculum, standardized testing and remediation, and a selected NCLEX-RN review course.


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