In the tradition of the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), the nursing program is committed to educating registered nurses to become leaders prepared to care for others through scholarship and critical inquiry. The nursing program fosters the development of leadership in students in a spirit of service and social responsibility to others. The nursing program prepares nurses to promote, maintain and restore health to patients in a variety of settings. The nursing program prepares students for continued lifelong learning.
The Program is designed to enable students to study on a part-time basis. Full-time study is available depending upon individual academic needs.
In addition to the classes on campus at the College of Saint Elizabeth, the program is offered at several off campus sites:
Most courses are generally scheduled in seven week sessions, and classes meet just once a week. Accelerated format requires independent work outside of class (Integrated Learning). Clinical work supplements class time and is selected by students in collaboration with supportive faculty to meet their educational and professional needs. Ordinarily a candidate for a degree must attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for the equivalent of three years of study. All of the nursing courses can be taken through part-time study and most are offered in an accelerated format.
The Nursing Program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing (124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-504-6430 and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.
Graduates of the undergraduate RN-BSN program in nursing are prepared to:
Graduates of the graduate MSN nurses are prepared to be socialized into the educator role in which they will:
Our graduates are prepared as professional nurse generalists and leaders at the baccalaureate level providing a solid foundation for graduate study in nursing. Many of our graduates go on to receive their Master's Degree in nursing or related fields and others continue on for their doctorate. Our graduates have gone on to receive higher degrees from such places as:
And can continue their graduate studies in nursing education at CSE. Many of our graduates have gone on for their graduate degree and have returned to teach at CSE as adjunct professors.
Students enrolled prior to 2013 should consult previous college catalog for plan of study, course descriptions and graduation requirements.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students admitted 2013 forward
*This course has a prerequisite of MATH 119
Total: 28 credits
Lower Division Requirements
Total: 14 credits
Total credits required for graduation: 120 credits
Satisfactory attainment of the outcomes of each academic program is a degree requirement at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Nursing students meet this requirement by passing the comprehensive capstone experience and through meeting the requirements for NURS420 Strategies for Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice.
The Capstone Project provides the senior baccalaureate nursing student the opportunity to integrate concepts learned in previous courses in the design of a culminating interdisciplinary change project in a clinical setting of their choice. Students work individually or in small groups, collaborating with members of the health team to identify an opportunity for improvement in their healthcare organization. After completion of an organizational assessment, a thorough review of the literature and collection of evidence-based data, the student participates in the development and implementation of a systematic strategy for improvement and change. An oral and a poster presentation of the process of change, its results, and a self-assessment of the role as a leader, advocate and change agent is presented at the end of the semester to the college faculty, organization staff, and students. This project is used for the comprehensive exam.