Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing Program for Adults with Non Nursing Bachelor's Degree

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Accelerated Bachelor in Science Nursing Program for Adults with Non Nursing Bachelor's Degree - Reusable

The Bachelor’s to BSN Program is an accelerated full-time nursing program designed for adults seeking a career change. The program is intended for adults who have a bachelor or master’s degree and work experience in a discipline other than nursing. Students applying to the program are required to demonstrate the academic ability to successfully engage in an accelerated program of study. 

There are Seven 12 week sessions that are fast-paced and intense. The curriculum is full-time and requires the student provide complete attention to the demands and requirements for successful completion. It is not recommended that students work while completing the program.

Students needing prerequisite courses must satisfy those requirements prior to enrolling in the nursing sequence.  The program prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN examination upon successful completion of the program.   A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is awarded upon the successful completion of the program.

Students who have been unsuccessful in another nursing program are ineligible to apply.

Course Style of Learning: Cohort style sessions with the same students in each group throughout the program.
Curriculum: 27 credits in prerequisite courses
  73 credits in nursing courses and 6 credits of supporting courses
Duration of program: Seven 12 week sessions - Full time attendance -Students who need prerequisite courses must satisfy those prior to enrolling in the nursing sequence.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application.
  • A resume including recent work experience in their field.
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree awarded from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Submission of official academic transcripts from all institutions of higher education. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete an accelerated course of nursing study and clinical practice full-time.
  • B- or higher in all required prerequisite courses.
  • B- (80) or higher in high school or college level laboratory chemistry.
  • Students must pass all sciences with a B- or better. Students may repeat one science grade for a grade less than a B- this repeat includes ALL institutions of higher education that the student has attended. All transcripts will be reviewed prior to admission, to determine science eligibility.
  • 350 word essay describing their academic abilities.
  • Personal interview may be required.
27 Credits of Prerequisite Courses
(Must be completed prior to starting nursing sequence)
 
Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8
Microbiology* 4
Pathophysiology* 3
Statistics 3
Lifespan Development 
Computer Sciences Elective  3
Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Healthcare+ 3
   
Total Credits    27
*Students who have taken the required science courses more than seven years prior to beginning
the clinical nursing sequence are required to either pass a challenge examination in order to receive college credit or retake the course/s and achieve a grade of B- or higher.
+Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Healthcare course may be taken after student has enrolled in the program. 

Degree Requirements   

  • Successful completion of 73 pre-licensure credits
  • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 throughout the program.
  • A grade of C+ or higher in all nursing courses. The course grade is comprised of academic course work, and a satisfactory in clinical practice.
  • A grade of C or higher in core courses and C or higher in non-nursing courses.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 7 years from the start of the program. This time limit includes leaves-of-absence. Students who do not complete the program requirements within this time frame may be required to complete additional coursework.

Required Courses

Courses Credits
NURS 101, 102 201,202 Nursing Mentoring
0
NURS 215 Nursing Theory, Role Development and  
4
NURS 225 Health Literacy and Informatics   
3
NURS 235 Global Issues in Health and Social Policy
3
NURS 245 Geriatrics and Health Care
3
NURS 305 Primary Care:  Health Assessment Across the  Lifespan
4
NURS 306 Primary Care:  Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Practicum     
2
NURS 350 Pharmacological Therapeutics
3
NURS 325 Fundamentals of Nursing Modalities    
3
NURS 326 Fundamentals of Nursing Modalities Practicum
2
NURS 355 Care of Healthy Adults and Elderly Populations
4
NURS 356 Care of Healthy Adults and Elderly Populations Practicum
2
NURS 345: Mental Health
3
NURS 346 Mental Health Practicum
2
NURS 335 Patient, Family and Community Education
3
NURS 435 Health Problems of  Adults and Elderly Populations
4
NURS 436 Health Problems of Adults and Elderly Populations Practicum
2
NURS 415 Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Family
6
NURS 416 Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Family Practicum
2
NURS 485 Public Health and Disaster Management
4
NURS 486 Public Health and Disaster Management Practicum
2
NURS 450 Critique and Evaluation of Nursing Research
3
NURS 380 Ethical/Legal Issues in Healthcare
3
NURS 460 Clinical Nursing Residency
6
MGT 420 Business Dimensions of Health Care
3
CORE 400 The Franciscan Vision
3
Total Credits
79

Program Completion Requirements

  • Students are required to successfully complete program requirements.
  • Students maybe required to participate in remediation programs throughout the curriculum.
  • Students are financially responsible for the cost of all computerized testing.
  • Students are required to complete a departmental approved NCLEX Review Course following completion of their last semester.

Academic Policies

(Please refer to the Nursing Student Handbook for a list of Academic Policies)

  • A grade of C+ or higher in all nursing courses. A student is only permitted 1 repetition of one nursing course for a grade less than a C+ or WD.
  • A letter of program completion shall be sent to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing by the Associate Dean of the Program at the time the student has completed all program requirements and has submitted of having applied to the Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN Examination. Graduates are strongly encouraged to sit for the State Board of Nursing Registered Nurse licensing examination (NCLEX) no later than 6 months after program completion. Graduates who opt to take the exam beyond this point need to contact the Dean of the School of Nurisng who will recommend remediation activities prior to processing their NCLEX application.
  • Students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the program. Students whose Cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation for one semester. Failure to raise the cumulative GPA to a 2.75 by the end of that semester shall result in dismissal from the BSN Program without a chance of re-admission. Students dismissed from the program are counseled to enroll in another program at the college where they may be successful.
  • Students must receive ongoing Health Clearance, and maintain Liability insurance and CPR certification in order to go into clinical practice.
  • The letter to the Board of Nursing that the student has completed the program will be releases when all program requirements are met. The Program Associate Dean will send a letter to the State Board of Nursing verifying that the student has completed all program requirements.
  • Students must maintain Health Clearance, Liability insurance and CPR certification in order to go into the clinical area.
  • Adherence to a criminal history background check as required by a clinical agency. The agency reserves the right to exclude a student from their site. Such exclusion shall result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program.
  • Proof of membership in the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) and New Jersey Nursing Student Association (NJNS).
  • Standardized testing is used throughout the curriculum. Specifics in the use of standardized testing are contained within individualized course syllabi.

Accreditations/Approvals

The BSN program is fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE).
  New Jersey State Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102
Phone: (973) 504–6430 - Fax (973) 504-6302
  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036
Phone (202) 887-6791 - Fax (202) 887-8476
  The MSN program and the Post Master’s Certificate online programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
 The MSN program online delivery is approved by the Middle States Association of Higher Education.
  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-2680
Phone (215) 662-5606 – Fax (215) 662-5501
 State of New Jersey Department of Education: Office of Licensing and Academic Credentials
PO Box 500, Trenton, New Jersey 08626-0500
Phone (609) 984-4855 - Fax (609) 292-3768

College Policies

Departments in the School of Nursing follow the general College policies and regulations listed in this Catalog. However, as a professional program of study, nursing departments may establish academic policies and regulations consistent with professional standards of nursing education and practice. It is the responsibility of the student to know and comply with all academic policies and regulations of the College and the Department.

Departments in the School of Nursing reserve the right to change, modify or improve any program requirements or policies at its discretion without prior notice.

College Student Handbook

The Felician College Student Handbook contains important policies related to both the College and the Nursing Department Program. The Handbook is updated periodically. Students should have a current copy, including any department changes, for reference at all times.

Nursing Student Handbook

The Nursing Student Handbook contains important policies related to the Nursing Program. Students are required to sign a statement that they are responsible for reading the Handbook and are accountable for adhering to the Nursing Student Handbook policies and guidelines herein.

What can I do with a degree in Nursing?

A college degree in nursing prepares you for the role of generalist nurse.

As stated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) a “nursing generalist practice includes both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. The fundamental aspects of generalist nursing practice are: direct care of the sick in and across all environments, health promotion and clinical prevention, and population based health care. A defining feature of professional nursing practice is the focus on health promotion and risk reduction. This will enable graduates to practice within complex healthcare systems and assume the role of provider of care; designer/manager/coordinator of care; and member of a profession.”

Control Sheets and Four Year Plans

Control Sheet
Four Year Plan

Faculty and Staff

  Name Telephone E-mail
  Dr. Muriel Shore
Dean

School of Nursing
201-559-6032 shorem@felician.edu
  Dr. Elizabeth Zweighaft
Associate Dean
Prelicensure Nursing
201-559-6104 zweighafte@felician.edu
  Kimberly Burrows, Instructor 201-559-6101 burrowsk@felician.edu
  Jean Conlon-Yoo, Instructor 201-559-6000 ext.6222 conlon-yooj@felician.edu
  Annette Minors, Instructor 201-559-6053 minorsa@felician.edu
  Patricia Munno, Instructor 201-355-1142 munnop@felician.edu
  Denise Nash, Assistant Professor 201-559-6177 nashd@felician.edu
  Ottilie Rung, Instructor 201-559-6080 rungo@felician.edu
  Susan Schwade, Assistant Professor 201-559-6142 schwades@felician.edu
  Dr. Sara Thompson, Assistant Professor 201-355-1141 thompsons@felician.edu
  Suzanne Zafran, Instructor 201-559-6000 ext.6220  zafrans@felician.edu

Nursing Resource and Simulation Center
 
  Frances Mal, Instructor
Director

 
201-559-6009 malf@felician.edu
  Jean Ann DiNiro
Assistant Director

 
201-559-6035 diniroj@felician.edu
  Sr. Patricia Kennedy
Assistant Coordinator
201-559-6035 kennedyp@felician.edu
  Mary Clare Smith
Staff Nurse
201-559-6035 smithm@felician.edu

Administrative Assistants
   
  Valerie Barone 201-559-6030 baronev@felician.edu

Clinical Compliance Coordinator
   
  Marianne Cullen 201-355-1127 cullenm@felician.edu

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