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BSN

The College of Saint Elizabeth's new four-year, pre-licensure BSN program* is on track to launch in fall 2018. The inaugural class is now being recruited for fall 2018. In support of the expanded programming, CSE nursing students will experience a state-of-the-art clinical skills and diagnostics center which will include high fidelity simulation, 14 examination bays, and a patient simulation room with an adjacent faculty observation area.

The incoming 2018 undergraduate cohort will apply to be admitted to the nursing major at the end of their first year in spring, 2019.

* The Education Committee of the New Jersey Board of Nursing approved the new curriculum.


Mission and Values

In support of the mission and core values of CSE, the Nursing Program is committed to the education of nurses to become leaders prepared through scholarship and critical inquiry to offer the highest quality nursing care. The Nursing Program fosters the development of leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility to others.

The faculty in the Nursing Program believe that the professional nurse has three major leadership roles: client advocate, change agent, and advocate for the profession. Our current nursing students are prepared for these professional roles, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, through a curriculum with a strong multi-disciplinary approach.

The Nursing Program prepares students for continued lifelong learning and leadership. Our commitment to the practice of nursing is reflected in the curriculum with emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills, ethical decision-making, and a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice.

The nursing curriculum prepares students to promote, maintain and restore health to patients in a variety of settings. The campus' proximity to several urban centers affords students the opportunity to work with under-served populations and experience, first-hand, the need for health equity and the challenges for population-based wellness within these communities.


Admission

Students apply to major in the pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program at the end of the spring semester of the freshman year. The requirements for admission to the four-year BSN program include:

  • Completed application for the nursing program;
  • A one-page personal statement of the student's motivation for becoming a nurse;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75;
  • A minimum grade of C+ in all prerequisite courses required for the nursing major;
  • Repetition of any single prerequisite course required for the major cannot be attempted more than once;
  • No more than two prerequisite courses required for the nursing major may be repeated.

Curriculum Requirements

CSE Essentials General Education Curriculum (32 credits)

  • CSE110/CSESL Integrated Literacy (6)
  • CSE120/CSE120CL Integrated Literacy II (6)
  • CSE210 Global Perspectives (4)
  • CSE220 Ways of Knowing (4)
  • CSE230 Healthy Living (4)
  • CSE310/310SL Faith, Spirituality and Ethics (4)
  • CSE420 Essentials Capstone: Strategies in Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice (4)

Prerequisites to Major in Nursing (31 credits)

  • BIO121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • PSY200 Lifespan Development (4)
  • CHEM121 Introduction to Chemistry (4)
  • BIO123 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIO(New) Pathophysiology (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (4)
  • PHIL331 Ethics in Health Care (3)

Nursing Courses (61 credits)

  • NURS101 Medical Terminology (1)
  • NURS201 Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NURS202 Pharmacology for Nursing (4)
  • NURS203 Informatics in Healthcare (3)
  • NURS204 Nursing Care Provider I – Fundamentals of Nursing (6)
  • NURS301 Nursing Care Provider II – Adult (6)
  • NURS302 Mental Health Nursing (3)
  • NURS303 Concepts and Trends in Professional Nursing (3)
  • NURS304 Heath Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NURS350 Nursing Research (3)
  • NURS400 Community Centered Nursing (5)
  • NURS401 Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent (3)
  • NURS402 Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
  • NURS403 Leadership and Econ in Healthcare Organizations (2)
  • NURS404 Nursing Care Provider III – Acute and Chronic Illness of Adult (6)
  • NURS405 Nursing Care Provider IV – Complex Health Concepts (4)
  • NURS407 Preparing for the Profession (3)

Total credits: 124


Required Clinical Hours

In addition to coursework, nursing students will complete requisite hours of clinical training in the College's on-site nursing skills laboratory and at off-site medical centers, community agencies and several other clinical sites to meet the course objectives.


Proposed Four-Year BSN Curriculum Plan

1st Year – Fall

  • CSE110/CSE110SL Integrated Literacy I (6)
  • BIO121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • PSY200 Lifespan Development (4)

Fall total credits: 14

1st Year – Spring

  • CSE120/CSE120CL Integrated Literacy II (6)
  • CHEM121 Introduction to Chemistry (4)
  • BIO123 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • NURS101 Medical Terminology (1)

Spring total credits: 15

Total 1st year credits: 29

2nd Year – Fall

  • NURS201 Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)
  • BIO(New) Pathophysiology (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (4)

Fall total credits: 15

2nd Year – Intersession

Intersession total credits: 4

2nd Year – Spring

  • CSE210, CSE220, or CSE230 (4)
  • NURS202 Pharmacology (4)
  • NURS203 Informatics in Nursing (3)
  • NURS204 Nursing Care Provider I – Fundamentals of Nursing (6)

Spring total credits: 17

Total 2nd year credits: 36

3rd Year – Fall

  • CSE210, CSE220, or CSE230 (4)
  • NURS301 Nursing Care Provider II – Adult and Geriatric (6)
  • NURS302 Mental Health Nursing (3)
  • NURS350 Nursing Research (3)

Fall total credits: 16

3rd Year – Spring

  • NURS390 Community Centered Nursing (5)
  • NURS303 Concepts and Trends in Professional Nursing (3)
  • CSE310/310SL Faith, Spirituality and Ethics (4)
  • NURS304 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)

Spring total credits: 15

Total 3rd year credits: 31

4th Year – Fall

  • NURS401 Nursing Care of the Pediatric and Adolescent Client (3)
  • NURS402 Care of Childbearing Family (3)
  • NURS403 Leadership and Economics in Healthcare Organizations (2)
  • NURS404 Nursing Care Provider III – Acute and Chronic Illness of the Adult (6)

Fall total credits: 14

4th Year – Spring

  • CSE420 Essentials Capstone – Strategies in Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice (4)
  • NURS405 Nursing Care Provider IV – Complex Health Concepts (4)
  • PHIL331 Ethics in Health Care (3)
  • NURS407 Preparing for the Profession – Review of Pharmacology, Scenarios, Critical Thinking (3)

Spring total credits: 14

Total 4th year credits: 28

Total program credits: 124


The RN to BSN Nursing Program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing (124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102 | 973-504-6430) and both the RN to BSN and the MSN programs are accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000).

Upon approval of a new four-year BSN program, the New Jersey Board of Nursing grants provisional accreditation for the program. Full accreditation from the Board is only granted after the first cohort of students complete the program and achieves the requisite passing rate on the NCLEX licensure exam.