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Accelerated Bachelor to BSN Program (ABSN)

The ABSN Program is designed for adults who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, are seeking a career in nursing and have demonstrated the ability to complete an accelerated course of nursing study full time. The 19 month cohort based nursing sequence includes 64 credits of nursing and supportive courses. Prior to enrolling in the nursing sequence, students must have completed all required prerequisite course work. With the exception of an accelerated schedule, all course and clinical requirements are identical to the traditional pre-licensure program. Nursing courses run in 12 week blocks including summers. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the RN-NCLEX examination and qualify for admission to graduation study.

Course Style of Learning:

Cohort style 12 week sessions with the same students in each group throughout the program.

The School of Nursing offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure. Graduates who pass this examination will qualify for the title of Registered Nurse (RN).

The faculty believes that education for professional nursing practice is built upon a traditional core of knowledge and skills. The faculty views Nursing Education as 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.

Felician College is committed to the education of students with diverse backgrounds. Thus, the program incorporates a variety of teaching styles and learning experiences to facilitate students' achievement of their academic and professional goals.

Our Mission

  • Creating a caring environment
  • Instilling professional and leadership behaviors
  • Developing student's ability to use diagnostic reasoning and evidenced based practice
  • Developing students; critical thinking skills
  • Developing student's ability to critique and utilize nursing research in their practice
  • Fostering culturally congruent health care
  • Responding to the learning needs of a diverse population of students, and
  • Instilling in students a desire for life-long learning

Curriculum & Course Requirements

  • 22 credits in prerequisite courses (includes a high school or college level chemistry)
  • 64 credits in nursing and supportive courses

Duration of program

Full time attendance-19 months (six 12 week sessions). Students who need prerequisite courses must satisfy those prior to enrolling in the nursing sequence.

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to complete an accelerated course of nursing study
  • Earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited US college or university or an equivalent college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed Application.
  • A resume including recent work experience in their field
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete an accelerated course of nursing study and clinical practice full-time
  • Completed statement of career goals and academic abilities
  • Submit all official academic transcripts
  • B- or higher in required prerequisite courses
  • B- (80) or higher in high school or college level laboratory chemistry

22 Credits of Prerequisite Courses 
(Must be completed prior to starting nursing sequence, also includes high school or college level chemistry)
 
Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8
Microbiology* 4
Statistics 3
Lifespan Development 
Total Credits    22
*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.

Degree Requirements   

  • Successful completion of 64 prelicensure 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 student is permitted only one repitition of one nursing course for a grade less than C+.
  • 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
BIO 307 Pathophysiology
3
NURS    Current Issues, Trends, and Theories for Second Degree Students
3
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 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
3
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
5
MGT 420 Business Dimensions of Health Care
3
Total Credits
64

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.
  • 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.
  • Students maybe required to participate in remediation programs throughout the curriculum.
  • 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 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.

Accreditations/Approvals

The BSN program is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by 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 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 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

The School Nurse/Teacher of Health Education Certificate Program is approved by the State of New Jersey Department of Education

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.”

Program Faculty

  • Instructor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing
  • Jean Ann Di Niro
    Asst. Director, Nursing Resource Center
  • Sr. M. Kennedy Patricia
    Nursing Resource Center
  • Mary Clare Smith
    Nursing Resource Center
  • Valerie Barone
    Admin. Asst., Undergrad. Nursing
  • Marianne Cullen
    Clinical Compliance Coordinator
  • Instructor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing
  • Instructor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Prelicensure Nursing