Overview & Mission
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:
- Atlantic Health System
- Christ Hospital, Jersey City
- Hackensack University Medical Center
- St. Clare's Medical Center, Dover
- St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson
- St. Joseph Hospital, Wayne
- St. Mary's Hospital Passaic
- Trinitas Hospital/Union County College
- Valley Health System, Ridgewood
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:
- Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences into professional nursing practice.
- Demonstrate global awareness and culturally sensitive behaviors that create an environment of respect for the dignity of patients, families and others.
- Utilize interprofessional and intraprofessional methods of culturally sensitive communication to collaborate effectively in delivering safe patient care throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.
- Articulate a philosophy of nursing that guides one's practice as a leader, researcher, manager and provider of care.
- Utilize data, knowledge and technology effectively and ethically to achieve desired patient outcomes.
- Integrate scholarly inquiry and research into evidence-based practice.
- Perform competently and ethically to promote, maintain and restore health in communities, regions and populations.
- Integrate an understanding of health care policies, including financial and regulatory, into professional nursing practice.
- Assume a professional nursing leadership role that promotes quality nursing practice in the delivery of health services.
- Accept responsibility for lifelong learning to maintain up-to-date professional skills.
Graduates of the graduate MSN nurses are prepared to be socialized into the educator role in which they will:
- Integrate advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines into the nurse educator role.
- Employ a variety of evolving technologies and modalities in the classroom and clinical setting to facilitate student/client learning
- Apply research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
- Design, analyze, implement and evaluate nursing curricula, clinical teaching and outcomes of educational programs using extant literature, research, theories, models and ethical and legal principles.
- Synthesize selected theories of teaching and learning grounded in educational theory and evidence-based teaching practices to prepare graduates for practice in a complex, dynamic health care environment.
- Promulgate research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
- Analyze trends and issues in nursing and health care, and exercise leadership in creating a preferred future for nursing education and practice.
- Integrate spiritual, social and ethical values and beliefs in the construction of a personal philosophy as a nurse educator.
- Design, implement and evaluate strategies that recognize the multicultural, gender and experiential influences on teaching and learning.
- Utilize knowledge and skills in the pursuit of doctoral study.
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:
- Neumann College
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Rutgers University
- Seton Hall University
- Villanova University
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.
Requirements for a Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing Program consists of 37 credits of required coursework. The program features a multidisciplinary core with advanced study in nursing education and two clinical practicum courses.
Level I: Core Courses
- GST605 Graduate Writing Seminar (3)
- NURS610 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
- NURS615 Nursing Research: Analysis & Design (3)
- MC616 Ethical Issues in Human Service Leadership (3)
- NURS620 Nurse Educator as Leader (3)
- Graduate Nursing Electives: One 2-credit graduate elective is required in the program. Students may select NURS623, NURS665 or another graduate elective with approval.
Level II: Theory and Clinical Role Courses
- NURS625 Analysis of Concepts in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
- NURS630 Application of Clinical Interventions in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
- NURS635 Curriculum/Program Development & Evaluation (3)
- NURS640 Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation (3)
- NURS645 Pedagogical Strategies in Nursing Education (3)
Level III: Role Synthesis Courses
- NURS650 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching (3)
- NURS660 Guided Study and Seminar in Nursing Education (2)
Approved Nursing Elective Courses
- NURS623 Integration in Health Teaching
- NURS665 Simulation in Nursing Education
Total: 37 credits
Requirements for the Bridge to the MSN for the RN with a Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree
- A baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited institution
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their baccalaureate degree program
- A grade of B or better on the first 2 CSE undergraduate courses taken as part of the undergraduate bridge program.
- Transcripts from an associate's degree or diploma in nursing from an NLN accredited institution and from their non-nursing bachelor's degree program.
- Pre-admission interview
- Adherence to The College and Nursing Programs health requirements and criminal background inventory.
- License to practice as a registered nurse in the state of New Jersey.
- Provisional admission to MSN Program.
Prior to beginning the required bridge courses students must meet the following additional requirements:
- Grade of C or better in undergraduate health assessment course (or approved equivalent such as: NURS 330 or Health Assessment/ CE certificate with lab or Health Assessment online through Jarvis
- Grade of C or better in undergraduate statistics course
- Grade of C or better in undergraduate nursing research course or comparable research course (by approval)
- Complete required MSN Orientation Program
Note: Successful completion means a grade of B in the course (or by special permission)
Required MSN Bridge Courses
- NURS310 Concepts and Trends of Professional Nursing Practice (3)
- NURS400 Population Focused Community Health Nursing (5)
Note: Graduate courses listed below may be taken following the completion of all admission requirements including the two bridge courses
- GST605 Graduate Writing Seminar (3)
- MC626 Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership (3)
Upon satisfactory completion of admission requirements, including the required bridge courses, students enter the MSN Nursing Education Program