Nursing

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 Requirements

All Nursing students are required to have criminal history background checks prior to placement in clinical agencies.

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.

Track I - 2nd degreeTrack II - RNsTrack III - TraditionalTrack 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);
  • Personal essay addressing why you would like to be a nurse;
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • Résumé.

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 (61 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 (3)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NJ 412 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NU 415 Leadership, Finance and Healthcare Policy (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (3)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (5)

Track II (Registered Nurses)

Available locations for RN to BSN program: 

  • Online
  • Hybrid (St. Joseph’s Medical Center – Open to all RN’s)
  • On Caldwell University Campus

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 minimum 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.

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 ( Waved for RN’s holding associates degree from NJ community colleges, with exception of Philosophy, Theology, Catholic and Dominican Traduation)

  • 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 (31 Credits)

  • NU 219 The Professional Nurse: An Introduction to Practice I (2)
  • NU 303 Health and Cultural Assessment Across the Lifespan (5)
  • NU 305 Pathophysiology (4)
  • NU 308 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 415 Leadership, Finance and Healthcare Policy (4)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (3)
  • NU 419 The Professional Nurse: An Introduction to Practice II (2) (Capstone)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (5) (Capstone)

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;
  • Required SAT scores 1000+ (Math/Critical Reading) or ACT scores 21+;
  • 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)
  • MA 118 Analytical Math for Nursing (3)*

*Although a nursing prerequisite course, credits are applied to the Liberal Arts Core.

Nursing Courses (63 credits)

  • NU 219 The Professional Nurse: An Introduction to Practice I (2)
  • 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 (3)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NU 412 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NU 415 Leadership, Finance and Healthcare Policy (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (3)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (5)

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 required SAT scores of 1000+ (Math/Critical Reading) or ACT score of 21+, if you have completed less than 30 credits;
  • Personal essay addressing why you would like to be a nurse;
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • Résumé.

Nursing Transfer Admission Policies

Selection of Transfer Students is based on (effective September 2016):

  • 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.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive due to limited number of seats.

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)
  • MA 118 Analytical Math for Nursing (3)*

*Although a nursing prerequisite course, credits are applied to the Liberal Arts Core.

Nursing Courses (63 credits)

  • NU 219 The Professional Nurse: An Introduction to Practice I (2)
  • 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 (3)
  • NU 310 Pharmacology (3)
  • NU 411 Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health (8)
  • NU 412 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NU 415 Management and Leadership (4)
  • NU 416 Adult Health II (8)
  • NU 418 Transition to Professional Nursing (3)
  • NU 420 Community and Public Health (5)

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
  • Complete interview with faculty

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 219, NU 301, NU 303, and NU 305. Students who receive a grade of “C” or lower in anyone of the above courses will be dismissed from the program.

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

  • An earned grade of less than “C+” (2.75) in NU 219, NU 301, NU 303, and NU 305.
  • Two NU course grades of less than “C+” (2.75). Excludes NU 219, NU 301, NU 303, and NU 305.
  • More than one withdrawal from NU courses
  • Unsafe clinical practice as evaluated by a faculty member
  • Violation of Nursing and/or University policies
  • A cumulative 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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