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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - High School Seniors and Transfer Students

The Traditional Four Year Prelicensure BSN Program provides students with a broad education grounded in the liberal arts, sciences, nursing theory and practice.  As a nursing major, you will apply your nursing knowledge in a variety of laboratory and health care facilities under the guidance of qualified faculty. The curriculum culminates with a Clinical Residency in your senior year. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN examination and qualify for admission to graduate study.

Required Courses

Felician College
Degree Control Sheet - Undergraduate Requirements
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  Credits Term Grade
General Education Commons      
FYE 100 Freshman Year Experience 1    
ENG 101 Strategies in Research and Rhetoric I 3    
ENG 102 Strategies in Research and Rhetoric II 3    
Faith and Reasoning Elective General Education Requirement 3    
RELS 310 Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Health Care 3    
Global Consciousness Elective General Education Requirement 3    
Communication and Expression Elective General Education Requirement 3    
MATH 122 Probability 3    
Elective 3    

Elective

3    
Critical and Analytical Thinking Elective General Education Requirement 3    
LS 100 Information Literacy 1    
Required Related Courses      
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4    
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4    
BIO 202 Microbiology 4    
BIO 307 Pathophysiology 3    
PSYC 105 Life Span Development 3    
MGT 420 Business Dimensions of Health Care 3    
Nursing Courses      
NURS 102 Nursing Mentoring Seminar II 1    
NURS  215 Nursing Theory, Role Development, and Innovation 3    
NURS  225 Health Literacy and Informatics 3    
NURS  201 Nursing Mentoring Seminar III 1    
NURS  235 Global Issues in Health Care and Social  Policy 3    
NURS  245 Geriatrics and Health Care 3    
NURS  350 Pharmacological Therapeutics 3    
NURS  305 Primary Care: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4    
NURS 306 Primary Care:  Health Assessment  Across the Lifespan Practicum         2    
NURS  325 Fundamentals of Nursing Modalities 3    
NURS  326 Fundamentals of Nursing Modalities  Practicum 2    
NURS  345 Mental Health 3    
NURS  346 Mental Health Practicum 2    
NURS 450 Critique and Evaluation of Nursing Research 3    
NURS  355 Care of Healthy Adults and Elderly Populations 4    
NURS  356 Care of Healthy Adults and Elderly Populations  Practicum 2    
NURS  435 Health Problems of Adult and Elderly Populations  4    
NURS  436 Health Problems of Adult 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  460 Clinical Residency/Capstone 5    
NURS  380 Ethical/Legal Issues in Healthcare         3    
NURS  485 Public Health and Disaster  Management 3    
NURS  486 Public Health and Disaster  Management 2    
Total Credits
122    

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of 122 credits.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 throughout the program.
  • A grade of C+ or higher in all nursing courses.
  • A grade of C+ in all science 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.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to Felician College’s Prelicensure Program must meet the following requirements upon applying to the program:

Nursing Program Admission Requirements

  • A completed application to the college.
  • Proof of high school graduation, transcripts, GED/IGCSE or copy of High School diploma.  Official copies required. 
  • 2.75 or higher GPA required.
  • 900 or higher on the SAT (verbal and math).
  • A grade of C+ or higher in high school laboratory biology and chemistry.
  • A grade of C+ in two years of college preparatory mathematics, including at least one year of algebra.
  • The completion of developmental course work may increase the length of your course of study.

Preparing for a Career in Nursing Program

Program Description

The Preparing for a Career in Nursing program is a 5-year program that gives select students an opportunity to work on their academics and study skills in order to raise their level of proficiency and intellectual readiness for the nursing program. Based on individual student growth and expected performance in the program, students may opt to continue in their pursuit of a nursing career while others may decide nursing is not for them and select other career options.
The curriculum is designed to provide additional support and coursework for recent high school graduates with no prior college experience needing to strengthen their academic abilities to meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the Felician College nursing program. The prescribed coursework includes educational remediation and developmental work.

Admission Requirements

Recent high school graduates with no prior college experience interested in applying for the Preparing for a Career in Nursing program must meet all Felician College admission requirements in addition to the following:

  • Completed application for admission selecting the Preparing for a Career in Nursing program.
  • Typed personal statement (250 words) why you believe you can be successful in the nursing program.
  • 2.5 or higher high school GPA.
  • A Grade of C or higher in high school laboratory biology, chemistry and two years of college preparatory mathematics , including one year of Algebra.
  • 750 or higher on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math).

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Nursing Program Admission Requirements for External Transfer Students

  • A completed application to the college.
  • Official copies of transcripts.
  • C+ (77) or higher in high school or college level laboratory chemistry. 
  • C+ (77) or higher in two years of college preparatory math or a college level math course, including at least one year of algebra.
  • Completion of at least 24 college credits which must include the following pre-requisite courses with a  B- or better and a 3.0 or higher GPA
    • English I & II                                                  
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • Statistics
  • Students who have taken the required science courses more than seven years prior to beginning the junior year 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
  • No non-nursing course with a grade less than a C will be accepted for transfer credit
  • An evaluation regarding the transferability of credits in nursing courses is done on a case-by-case basis.  The official transcript must be on file with the Admissions Office or the Registrar.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Associate Dean of the Program a copy of the course syllabus.  A grade of B- or higher is required in the course in which transfer credit is being requested.  The Associate Dean shall make the final decision regarding the awarding of transfer nursing credits.

Nursing Program Admission Requirements for Internal Transfer Students. Admission is competitive based on your academic profile and number of available seats.

Admission to the nursing program for internal transfer students will occur once a year. Students applying for admission as an internal transfer student must submit their request (fill out a change of major form) by May 15th.

  • A completed application to the college.
  • Official copies of transcripts.
  • C+ (77) or higher in high school or college level laboratory chemistry. 
  • C+ (77) or higher in two years of college preparatory math, including at least one year of algebra or a college level math course.
  • Completion of at least 30 college credits which must include the following pre-requisite courses with a  B- or better and a 3.0 or higher GPA
    • English I & II                                                  
    • Life Span Development
    • Statistics
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • Microbiology
    • HIST/SOC  or  RELS elective
  • Students who have taken the required science courses more than seven years prior to beginning the junior year 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
  • No non-nursing course with a grade less than a C will be accepted for transfer credit
  • An evaluation regarding the transferability of credits in nursing courses is done on a case-by-case basis.  The official transcript must be on file with the Admissions Office or the Registrar.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Associate Dean of the Program a copy of the course syllabus.  A grade of B- or higher is required in the course in which transfer credit is being requested.  The Associate Dean shall make the final decision regarding the awarding of transfer nursing credits.  

Pre-requisites for Entrance to Junior Year Clinical Nursing Sequence

Prior to enrolling in courses in the Junior Year's Clinical Nursing Sequence, students must first satisfy the following requirements.

  • Satisfactory completion of 61 credits of required preclinical coursework as identified by the Program in the College Catalog with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • A grade of C+ or higher in all nursing and science courses.
  • A grade of C or higher in all other courses.
  • Proof of CPR (either American Heart Association or Red Cross Health Care Provider), Liability Insurance, and Health Clearance on file with the Clinical Compliance Coordinator.
  • 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

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

Program Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of all BSN requirements.
  • 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 permitted to repeat only one nursing course for a grade less than a C+ or WD.
  • 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.
  • 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 maintain Health Clearance, Liability insurance and CPR certification in order to go into clinical practice
  • 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.
  • Students maybe required to participate in remediation programs throughout the curriculum.
  • The letter to the Board of Nursing that the student has completed the program will be released 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.

School of Nursing
Philosophy of Nursing

     The Nursing Faculty of the Felician College believes that:

  • Human Persons are unique and sacred beings, who are endowed with the capacity of making decisions and choices which affect their lives and the lives of others; that they have a diverse potential for self-care and continually strive to identify and meet their own needs; and, that with all of society, the have a right to health care.
  • Health, which is a matter of personal perception, may differ from person to person, and be achieved in the presence of illness and disability; and that a pattern of Health is one way in which Human Persons reveal their existence and affect their ability to initiate and perform self-care actions to meet universal and developmental needs, and health deviations self-care requisites.
  • Culture, which is both learned and acquired, and has a trangenerational quality is a way of life which emphasizes the holistic, integrated totality of life for persons and motivates their perceptions of health and illness through the influence of values, beliefs, and practices.
  • The Environment is a dynamic energy, external to the person. Humans persons and the environment continuously interact, having consequences which mutually affect the health and well-being of each other.
  • Nursing, as an art and a science with caring and advocacy as its essential components, and as a universal need of all persons, is a collaborative process which recognizes and respects the diversity of human persons and is involved in health promotion, health maintenance, and the restoration of health for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Philosophy of Nursing Education

The Nursing Faculty of the Felician College School of Nursing builds its philosophy of education upon the broad guidelines contained within the College's and the School's Mission Statements.  The faculty believe that nursing education should be acquired in an institution of higher learning that allows for constant integration of knowledge from the humanities, the natural and social sciences, and nursing.  Nursing Education is a process of facilitating the development of competencies in nursing practice as well as fostering values of personal and professional integrity, caring, and service to society.

The faculty believe that the educational process in nursing should recognize prior learning and facilitate program articulation to promote career mobility and professional growth.  Recognizing the varying educational and experiential backgrounds of our diverse population of students, faculty continually seek assessment strategies that assist them in fully understanding student's learning needs.  The faculty also recognize the diversity and complexity of students' life styles and the demands that this imposes on them.  Thus, the faculty strives to create an educational environment that is flexible and sensitive to a variety of leaning needs, and which fosters collaboration among faculty and students based on mutual respect and responsibility.  Within this climate, the faculty utilizes a variety of teaching strategies to help students develop competencies for caring, critical thinking, communication, therapeutic intervention and professional development.

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.”

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
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
  John Lawton 201-559-6106 lawton@felician.edu
Clinical Compliance Coordinator    
  Marianne Cullen 201-355-1127 cullenm@felician.edu