Generic or Basic BSN Program (Jersey City Campus)

Licensure

The State Board of Nursing determines who is eligible to take the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the Nursing Program satisfies one of the eligibility requirements. Since eligibility criteria vary, applicants should check with the Board of Nursing in the state in which they plan to take the test to determine the eligibility criteria that need to be met.

Admission to Pre-Nursing Program

Students applying to the University desiring to be nursing majors must meet the admission criteria for the University as well as for the Pre-Nursing Program. Transfer students should contact Undergraduate Admissions for specific information regarding admission criteria for the nursing major.

Successful Completion of the Pre-Nursing Program

Successful completion of the Pre-Nursing Program is required for entry into the nursing major at the end of the freshman year. Successful completion of the Pre-Nursing Program includes all of the following.

  1. The Pre-Nursing Advisor must register students for courses, and students must take the core and prerequisite course sequence as determined by the School of Nursing.
  2. During the second semester of the freshman year, students must register for the TEAS V examination. Students should consult Undergraduate Admissions for information about how to register for the TEAS V examination.
  3. Students may only take the TEAS V examination twice, and it is strongly recommended that students remediate/review between attempts.
  4. Students must score at least 78% or higher, overall on the TEAS V examination. Should the candidate take the examination twice, the higher of the two scores will be considered.
  5. A student’s grades in both Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II must be a C+ or higher.
  6. A student may repeat Anatomy and Physiology I once and Anatomy and Physiology II once. If a student withdraws from one of these courses, it will be considered as the first attempt at taking the particular course.
  7. A student’s overall GPA for the freshman year must be 3.0 or higher.

Generic or Basic BSN Program Requirements for Nursing Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing Courses
NU-202Theoretical Bases of Professional Nursing3
NU-204Nutrition and Health3
NU-210Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice3
NU-250Clinical Bases of Professional Nursing5
NU-304Pathophysiology3
NU-308Health Assessment3
NU-312Nursing Care for Adults and Aging I5
NU-315Nursing Care for Adults and Aging II5
NU-325Nursing Care for Child-Bearing Families5
NU-360Computer Applications in Nursing and Health Care2
NU-390Introduction to Nursing Research3
NU-404Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing5
NU-414Nursing Care for Children and Adolescents5
NU-416Social Justice Ethics and Health Care3
NU-420Community Health Nursing4
NU-430Nursing Care for Adults and Aging III4
NU-445Leadership and Trends in Nursing3
Completion of Summative Examination administered in the last nursing course
Other Required Courses
BI-161Basic Microbiology4
BI-161LBasic Microbiology Lab0
PS-235Life Span Development3
Total Credits71

 Special Note on Core Requirements

1

 The Core Curriculum Requirements are the same as those for CAS/SBA undergraduate day students.

Special Notes on Major Requirements

1

To successfully complete the program, all courses, both for the major and for the core, must be taken in the sequence given by the School of Nursing.
 

2

To enroll in the first nursing course, NU-202 Theoretical Bases of Professional Nursing, students must be admitted to the School of Nursing as a nursing major. To enroll in the first clinical nursing course, NU-250 Clinical Bases of Professional Nursing, students must have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses and have a GPA of 3.0. or higher and a grade of C+ or higher in each of the following courses: BI-171 Anatomy & Physiology I, BI-172 Anatomy and Physiology II, BI-161 Basic Microbiology, and these science courses may be repeated only one time.
 

3

A grade of 78 is required in all nursing courses. Any nursing course in which the grade is below 78 must be repeated. If the course is repeated and the grade is below 78, this will be considered a failure for the course and the student will be dismissed from the program. Failure of a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the program. With the exception of NU-250, Clinical Bases of Professional Nursing, for which the first time failure of this course will result in dismissal from the nursing program. NU-250, Clinical Bases of Professional Nursing, may only be taken one time. The clinical practica of nursing courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. If the student fails the clinical component, he or she fails the entire course regardless of the grade average in the didactic component and a grade of C- will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
 

4

If a student registers for a nursing course and withdraws after the first graded assignments or exam, this is considered the student’s the first attempt. If the student registers for the same course and again withdraws OR the student registers for the same course and should receive a final grade below C+ the student will be dismissed from the nursing major. However the student may remain at Saint Peter’s and pursue a different major.
 

5

All nursing courses must be taken in sequence with a satisfactory grade of 78 or higher earned before continuing with the next nursing course.
 

6

Applicants who have taken the courses Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology more than five years prior to the time the nursing course sequence begins must repeat these required science courses.

7

All students must participate in the enrichment/preparatory/remediation program beginning with their first clinical course.
 

8

All students must take the Summative Examination (HESI Comprehensive or similar comprehensive examination), administered in the last clinical nursing course. This examination will additionally factor as 10% of the final grade for the course. Students will be given two (2) opportunities to achieve the specified score. Prior to the examination, the School of Nursing will establish a specified passing score. Students who achieve the specified passing score or better will receive a grade of 100 percent for the examination. Students who achieve less than the specified passing score will receive a grade of zero percent for the examination.
 

Program Length

The BSN (generic) program can be completed in four years (or eight semesters) of full-time study. Students must complete the program within six consecutive calendar years. Required science courses must be repeated once they are five years or older.

Clinical Requirements

All clinical requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students will be allowed into any clinical setting. At present, they include the following but are subject to change depending on regulations mandated by the clinical agencies and/or their accrediting bodies.

  1. Submit actual titer reports for rubella, rubeola, varicella, mumps showing immunity.
  2. Proof of Hepatitis B immunity, vaccine (strongly recommended), or signed waiver.
  3. Negative Mantoux within the past 6 months or if positive Mantoux history, chest x-ray negative for tuberculosis within one (1) year.
  4. Health Examination - All nursing students must submit a completed copy of the BSN Health Profile. Applicants to the nursing major must be aware that health clearance will be required prior to the start of every clinical nursing course. Health Profiles are valid for one year. The Health Profile form is available in the School of Nursing Office.
  5. Liability Insurance - All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must also provide evidence of liability insurance. Application forms and information can be obtained from the School of Nursing. Students are responsible for the cost.
  6. CPR Certification - All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must provide evidence of American Heart Association CPR Certification for infant, child and adult, and BLS for Health Care Providers. Students are responsible for the cost.
  7. Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening - Clinical agencies mandate criminal history background checks and drug testing for all individuals engaged in patient care and all students must undergo these checks. These checks are conducted by a consumer reporting agency and the information is sent to the University and to clinical agencies. Agency personnel will evaluate the information they receive and, in their sole discretion, make the final determination as to each student’s ability to continue to engage in patient care in their agency. If a student is denied clinical placement by any clinical agency due to criminal history information or a positive result on the drug testing that student will be dismissed from the program. The School of Nursing will provide students with the form entitled: Request, Authorization, Consent and Release for Information Form by the School of Nursing.
  8. Clinical Experiences - Clinical experiences may be scheduled during days, evening, and weekends. Students need to be prepared to travel out of the Jersey City area for clinical experiences. Students are required to attend as assigned. Clinical experiences also occur in a variety of settings that require students to travel within and beyond the campus area. Students are expected to adjust personal, family and work schedules to meet clinical assignments.
  9. Students must achieve a 90% or higher on the Medication Safety and Competency Examination for each of the clinical nursing courses. Students must achieve 100% in the final semester clinical nursing course. A student must achieve the required benchmark in order to meet the clinical requirement of medication administration. The School of Nursing will schedule the Medication Safety and Competency Examination the first day of classes. Students who do not achieve the required passing score on the first attempt must continue to remediate in order to pass the clinical component of the course. If the student cannot demonstrate medication calculation safety and competency by the third attempt, and therefore cannot achieve the clinical component of the course, the student will receive an unsatisfactory rating in clinical and fail the course regardless of the performance on tests and/or quizzes.

Clinical Attire and Transportation

All students must adhere to the uniform and equipment policies for all nursing clinical agencies. Students must purchase and wear the official Saint Peter’s University Nursing Students’ Uniform from the approved vendor. Information can be obtained from the Director of the BSN Program. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites.


 

Courses

NU-103. Introduction to Professional Nursing. 1 Credit.

The evolution of professional nursing is explored and the development of a professional identity is facilitated by the introduction of values inherent to the discipline of nursing including social justice.

NU-202. Theoretical Bases of Professional Nursing. 3 Credits.

The evolution of professional nursing is explored and the development of professional identity is facilitated by the introduction of values inherent to the discipline of nursing including social justice. Nursing theory, as well as other selected theories and concepts, are examined including: health belief model, teaching/learning theory, culture/global health, evidence-based practice and the nursing process. Prerequisites: 2 COURSES FROM BI-172, PS-151 ADMISSION TO NURSING MAJOR.

NU-203. Conceptual Theoretical Bases of Professional Nursing. 2 Credits.

Nursing concepts and selected theories are examined including: health belief model, teaching/learning theory, culture/global health, evidence based practice and the nursing process. Prerequisites: NU-103.

NU-204. Nutrition and Health. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the role of nutrition in health and healing. The study of essential nutrients and their function is emphasized. Meeting dietary requirements across the life span is explored. The impact of pluralistic and public health factors on dietary practices is discussed. Prerequisites: BI-171, BI-172.

NU-210. Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.

The focus of this course is on pharmacological therapy, major drug classifications, including prototypes, are addressed for each of the body systems. Nursing implications of safe drug administration as well as the pluralistic factors affecting medication therapy are stressed. Prerequisites: MA-115.

NU-250. Clinical Bases of Professional Nursing. 5 Credits.

Basic interpersonal and technical nursing skills utilized to provide care for well and ill individuals are introduced. Knowledge and skills required to assess, prioritize, plan, implement and evaluate health care are emphasized. Concepts related to nutrition and medication therapy are applied. Pluralistic as well as legal and ethical issues related to quality care are stressed. College laboratory and clinical experiences in selected health care settings.

NU-302. Seminar in Professional Nursing. 2 Credits.

The course is designed to examine the evolution of professional nursing through a synthesis of the social, cultural, philosophical, historical and theoretical influences. The development of a professional identity is facilitated by encouraging students to derive meaning from the core values central to the nature of nursing.

NU-303. Seminar in APA Writing for Health Science. 2 Credits.

A course to help the RN-BSN student learn APA writing style required for nursing and other health sciences.

NU-304. Pathophysiology. 3 Credits.

This course uses a systems approach to examine the human response patterns to health and illness. Physiological processes and pathological changes are explored in depth. Prerequisites: BI-161 AND BI-172.

NU-306. Computer Technology in Nursing Practice. 1 Credit.

The application of computer technology to patient care nursing practice, research, educational management is explored. Health care information management systems are introduced.

NU-308. Health Assessment. 3 Credits.

The major focus of this course is on a holistic approach to health appraisal of the individual client. The nursing process, with an emphasis on assessment and planning is analyzed and applied in dealing with individuals in the college laboratory. Concepts related to health promotion, risk identification and client education are stressed.

NU-310. Health Assessment. 4 Credits.

Major focus is on a holistic approach to health appraisal of the individual client across the life span. The nursing process, with an emphasis on assessment and planning is analyzed and applied in dealing with individuals in the college laboratory. Concepts related to health promotion, risk identification and client education are stressed. Prerequisites: NU-302.

NU-312. Nursing Care for Adults and Aging I. 5 Credits.

Application of the nursing process in caring for adults and older clients with chronic health care needs. Normal aging and adaptations in self-care needed as a result of age related changes will be discussed. Pluralistic fators including nutrition and medication therapy are integrated. Legal and ethical issues are applied. College labortory and clinical experiences in selected health care settings.

NU-315. Nursing Care for Adults and Aging II. 5 Credits.

A continuation of the Nursing Care of Adults and Aging, I, this course builds and expands the knowledge and skill base related to caring for adults and older clients with acute and chronic health needs. Pathologic conditions associated with aging are discussed. Pluralistic factors indluding nutrition and medication therapy are integrated. Legal and ethical issues are applied. Clinical expriences in selected health care settings.

NU-325. Nursing Care for Child-Bearing Families. 5 Credits.

The use of the nursing process to provide care for child-bearing families is examined. Nursing care of clients during pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum and newborn periods is stressed. Pluralistic factors as well as nutrition and medication therapy are integrated. Strategies to promote health and care for clients with psysiological and psychological alterations are discussed. Normal family functioning and the impact of pregnancy on the family is considered. College laboratory and clinical experiences in selected health care settings.

NU-330. Care of Families and Aggregates. 4 Credits.

Major focus is on primary and tertiary prevention within a social systems framework. Creative application of nursing process to families and groups utilizing family systems theory and group dynamics. Prerequisites: NU-310.

NU-350. Trends and Issues in Nursing. 2 Credits.

Current status of professional nursing. Political, economic and social trends affecting nursing and the health care system are analyzed. Issues in professional practice and education are explored. Prerequisites: NU-302 NU-330.

NU-360. Computer Applications in Nursing and Health Care. 2 Credits.

The application of computer technology to patient care, nursing practice, research, education and management is explored. Health care information management systems are introduced. Prerequisites: NU-390.

NU-390. Introduction to Nursing Research. 3 Credits.

Understanding of the research process and critique of research studies. The relevance of nursing research findings for the provision of patient care is discussed. Students develop a research paper through an interactive process with faculty and peers. Prerequisites: NU-330(9711) PS-200 OR SO-448.

NU-399. Undergraduate Nursing Tutorial. 2 Credits.

NU-404. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 5 Credits.

This course focuses on the use of the nursing process to provide care for individuals, families and aggregates with alterations in mental health. Pluralistic factors as well as medication therapy are integrated. Strategies to promote mental-health are discussed. Nursing care of clients with acute and chronic alterations in psychological functioning are stressed. Clinical experiences are provided in psychiatric-mental health agencies in selected health care and community settings. Prerequisites: PS-235 SO-121 NU-315.

NU-414. Nursing Care for Children and Adolescents. 5 Credits.

The nursing process is used as a framework to provide care for children and adolescents with physical and psychological alterations in health. Pluralistic factors including nutrition and medication therapy are integrated. Strategies to promote health as well as developmental needs and problems are discussed. Normal family functioning and the impact of illness on the family are explored. College laboratory and clinical experiences in selected health care settings. Prerequisites: PS-235 NU-308 NU-325.

NU-416. Social Justice Ethics and Health Care. 3 Credits.

Political, economic and social justice issues affecting patient care and the health care system are examined. Accessibility and affordability of health care services including the needs of vulnerable populations are explored. Strategies to promote social justice and ethical behavior within the health care system are stressed. Values course.

NU-420. Community Health Nursing. 4 Credits.

Community health nursing emphasizes community as client. The nursing process is applied in dealing with groups, aggregates and community. Nursing care of individuals in community settings is also examined. Prerequisites: NU-430 OR NU-440.

NU-430. Nursing Care for Adults and Aging III. 4 Credits.

Culmination of the courses Adults and Aging I and II, this course builds and expands the knowledge and skill base related to caring for adults and older clients with complex acute and chronic conditions and rehabilitative health care needs. High risk populations such as those with multiple illnesses will be address. Pathologic conditions associated with aging are discussed. Pluralistic factors, including nutrition and medication therapy are integrated. An opportunity for students to function with increased independence as well as to organize, delegate, supervise and evaluate care. Clinical experiences in selected health care settings. Prerequisites: NU-315.

NU-440. Leadership and Management in Nursing. 4 Credits.

The major focus is on leadership and change in nursing practice within the health care delivery system, utilizing the nursing process as a framework. Includes a change project proposal in a selected clinical agency. Prerequisites: NU-420.

NU-445. Leadership and Trends in Nursing. 3 Credits.

The major focus in this course is on leadership and change in nursing practice within the health care system. Utilization of the nursing process as a framework for action is stressed. Selected concepts related to management including, types of power, delegation, motivation are discussed. Trends and issues affecting nursing and the health care system are also explored.

NU-450. Nurse/Client Educator. 2 Credits.

A multifaceted approach to client/peer education. Emphasis on teaching/ learning concepts. The role of education as a strategy in health promotion. Prerequisites: NU-302.

NU-452. Women's Health Issues. 3 Credits.

Exploration of health issues affecting women from historical, political and pluralistic perspectives. The students' role as health care advocate is stressed. Prerequisites: NU-302.

NU-453. Alternative Healing Methods. 2 Credits.

A study of alternative healing techniques, practices and beliefs utilized in different cultures throughout history: emphasis on the socio-political importance of the healer and the status of folk medicine in contemporary high tech societies. Prerequisites: NU-302.

NU-470. Dimensions of Professional Nursing. 4 Credits.

The emphasis of this course is on the professional role of nursing with a focus on leadership and community health practice. The concepts of professionalism, nursing process and pluralism are explained. Leadership theory and the health care system are analyzed. Community health nursing is examined and the principles of health promotion and client education are integrated into the conduction of a community project. Pre-Req: Admission to RN-MSN Program.

NU-495. Special Projects in Nursing RN-BSN. 1 Credit.

This is a one credit elective in which students may choose a topic of interest and complete a scholarly paper guided by the faculty. Students may choose to expand upon a topic they have already been exposed to or develop a new topic of interest. The student will document progress on the project through weekly submissions corresponding to specific content required for the summative learning outcome of the course, the final scholarly paper.