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OverviewDuties and Responsibilities Position DescriptionsTime CommitmentApplicationInternal Nursing Transfer Students

The Advisement office, located in the C.A.R.E.S Center, is recruiting a few outstanding upper-class students for our peer advising program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Peers will be given extensive training to provide accurate and friendly service, and the ability to address a variety of student questions and concerns with objectivity.

The bulk of peer advisor responsibilities will be divided into three areas:

  1. Walk-In Coverage: Every peer advisor is responsible for working weekly scheduled walk-in hours.  These hours will offer students the chance to have some of their advising questions answered from a current student.  These inquires may include:
  • Discussion of majors available at Caldwell
  • Creating basic study plans and course selection
  • Answer questions about course pre-requisites and other graduation requirements
  • Referral to relevant student organizations and departmental resources
  1. Administrative: Peer Advisors may have a significant administrative, programming, or marketing duty that they would be responsible for.  These duties include:  Student Director, Programming Coordinator, Statistical Analyst and Marketing Manager.  If you have a specific interest in one of these categories, please indicate your interest in your written response.
  2. Group Advising and Programming: Peer Advisors also present academic related programs to students during activity blocks and evening hours in teams or with professional advisors.  This may include advising sessions in the residence halls, time management training, Majors/Minors Night, Major Decision workshop series, participation in Freshman Seminar as well as other programs to be offered throughout the year.

Student Director

Description:  The student director will work in collaboration with the Director of the Peer Advisor Program in managing the day to day administrative aspects of the Peer Advising Program.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating Fall Training
  • Developing and delivering on-going training throughout the academic year
  • Creating walk-in advising schedule
  • Managing Payroll
  • Directing peer advisor recruitment process 

 Programming Coordinator

Description:  The programming coordinator will work in collaboration with the Student Director/ Director of Peer Advisor Program in managing all aspects of the peer advising program agenda.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Development of academic related programming
  • Reaching out to student organizations and RAs about available programs
  • Managing all aspect of program delivery including:
  • Scheduling and assigning Peer Advising Staff
  • Creating assessment instruments and reporting results
  • Collaborating with the marketing managers to market peer advisor led programming

Marketing Manager(s)

Description:  The Marketing Manager will work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator in managing all marketing initiatives for the Advisement Office.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Program Coordinator to develop a marketing strategy for established fall and spring semester programs
  • Developing advertising campaigns for academic advising and the Advisement Office programming initiatives
  • Creating advising materials (signs, posters, etc.)
  • Monitoring and upkeep of the Peer Advisor social media platforms

Minimum Qualifications:  Ability to demonstrate creativity.

Statistical Analyst

Description:  The statistical analyst will compile and decipher both qualitative and quantitative evaluations.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Creating assessment instruments and reporting results
  • Compile data on peer advising and the Advisement Office events/programs
  • Create a semester usage report for peer advising events
  • Keep track of qualitative and quantitative data and report to the Director of Peer Advising
  • Coordinate program evaluations and collection

Minimum Qualifications:  Quantitative major or minor

Peers will work an average of 8-10 hours/week which will vary depending on academic calendar, programming initiatives, etc. Attendance at an hour long weekly staff meeting will also be required, Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Mandatory attendance during training week: August 14 – 18 from 9am to 4pm

Please download the application here. 

If you have any questions about the Peer Advisor program, please contact 

Michelle Perez
Senior Academic Advisor and Director of Peer Advisor Program
miperez@caldwell.edu or 973-618-3339
Advisement Office
C.A.R.E.S. Center • Caldwell University

Caldwell University School of Nursing & Public Health
Internal Transfer Applicants

This information is for currently enrolled Caldwell University undergraduate students who intend to transfer to the School of Nursing & Public Health.

The curriculum for the undergraduate program in the School of Nursing & Public Health leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and eligibility to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam) for professional licensure as a registered nurse. The full-time curriculum includes 125 credits.

If accepted, it will take four consecutive semesters (two years) to complete clinical requirements.


Applicants for transfer consideration are accepted for admission in the spring semester of the students’ sophomore year (in January). Applicants will meet with the Associate Dean for School of Nursing & Public Health for an official interview. Decisions will be based on the students’ college performance and consideration of the number of seats available in the class.

Competitive applicants MUST have:

  • Earned a minimum B- in all pre-requisite courses*:

CH 110, 110L Principles of Chemistry

BI 203, 203L Anatomy & Physiology I

BI 204, 204L Anatomy & Physiology II

BI 315N, 315X Microbiology

MA 118 Analytical Math for the Nursing Profession

MA 207/ PS 208 Statistics

*Only ONE science OR math pre-requisite course may be repeated once

  • Earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Met with the Associate Dean for School of Nursing & Public Health in January of sophomore year


Freshman Year Sophomore Year
  • Ongoing – Attend mandatory informational workshops (one every semester)
  • Meet with nursing advisor after completion of freshman year for transcript review
  • Sign up with School of Nursing to take HESI ($55 fee) in the fall of sophomore year
  • Schedule an interview with Associate Dean for School of Nursing & Public Health after fall semester for approval to register for NU 219 The Professional Nurse
  • Bring completed application to interview
  • Official Acceptance will be given in spring of sophomore year

Suggested 2-Year Major Plan (Academic Year 2018-2019)

First Year
Fall Semester CR P Spring Semester CR P
*CH110: Principles of Chemistry 3 *BI 203: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 3
*CH 110L: Principles of Chemistry Lab 1 *BI 203L: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1Lab 1
Core: FS 189 – Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1 Core: CO 230 – Communication Skills (or DR 102, 103, 104) 3
Core: EN 111 – College Writing*(or EN 320 or EN 119&120 by placement) 3 *MA 207or PS 208: Statistics 3
*Core: MA 118 – Analytical Mathematics for Nursing 3 Core: TH 102 – Intro. to Catholic Theology 3
Core: Social Science – PS 150: General Psychology I 3 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Core: Modern Language – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Total: 17 Total: 16
Second Year
Fall Semester CR P Spring Semester CR P
*BI 204: Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 3 *BI 315N: Microbiology 3
*BI 204L: Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab 1 *BI 315X: Microbiology Lab 1
Core: PH 102 – Intro. to Philosophy 3 Core: Literature – EN XXX 3
Core: HI 101 – Roots of the West or

HI 102 – The Shaping of the West

3 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Core: Social Science – SO 101: Introduction to Sociology 3 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3   *NU 219: The Professional Nurse: An Introduction to Practice 2
Total: 16 Total: 15

*Pre-requisite courses
Minimum grade required B-
Only ONE science OR math pre-requisite course may be repeated once

Fill out this Internal Transfer application.