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Nursing Undergraduate Bulletin 2018-2019

Faculty: Chair, Byrne; Alexy, Altmiller, Blicharz, Cappelli, Dzubaty, Hooven, Ioli,
Kartoz, Lindberg, Nelson, Perron, Whalen

Established in 1966, the Nursing Programs are located in Trenton Hall. A Bachelor of
Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and graduate programs leading to the Master of Science
in Nursing (MSN) degree are offered. The MSN program as well as postmaster’s nurse
practitioner, RN to MSN bridge program, and School Nurse certificate programs are
described in The College of New Jersey Graduate Bulletin. The BSN program is
described below.

Notice – Students follow the degree requirements of the Undergraduate Bulletin in effect
when they begin their matriculation at the College. The information in this document
applies to the 2018-19 academic year. Students changing majors or adding a second or
third major follow the major requirements in effect at the time the major is changed or
added. Students returning to the College after an absence of two consecutive semesters
(not including summer) follow the requirements in effect at the time of their return.
Revision Advisory – The School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science on behalf of
the Nursing program maintains the right and responsibility to revise content as
appropriate in response to changes to accreditation requirements or other professional
standards in the field.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing program at The
College of New Jersey are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 Washington DC 2001, 202-887-6791
http://www.ccneaccreditation.org and the New Jersey Board of Nursing, Division of
Consumer Affairs, 124 Halsey Street 6th Floor, Newark, N.J. 07101, mailing address: PO
Box 45010, Newark, N.J. 07101, 973.504.6430, www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/medical/
nursing.htm

Organizing Framework

The organizing framework of Nursing at TCNJ emphasizes “Caring” and is based on the
works of nursing theorists Martha Rogers, Jean Watson, and Patricia Benner. Four
concepts underlie the meta-paradigm of nursing and are the basis of the program of study:
human beings, environment, health, and nursing practice.

Human beings are viewed as open energy fields with unique life experiences. As energy
fields, they are greater than and different from the sum of their parts and cannot be
predicted from knowledge of their parts. Humans, as holistic beings, are unique,
dynamic, sentient, and multidimensional, capable of abstract reasoning, creativity,
aesthetic appreciation and self-responsibility. Language, empathy, caring, and other
abstract patterns of communication are aspects of an individually high level of
complexity and diversity and enable one to increase knowledge of self and environment.
Humans are viewed as valued persons, to be respected, nurtured and understood with the
right to make informed choices regarding their health.

For the purpose of study in nursing, biological, psychological, spiritual, intellectual and
sociocultural dimensions of human beings and stages of human development are
delineated as they affect behavior and health. These dimensions operate within and upon
the human being in an open, interrelated, interdependent, and interactive way. The
nursing client is an open system, continually changing in mutual process with the
changing environment. Recipients of nursing actions may be well or ill and include
individuals, families and communities.

Environment is believed to be the context or landscape and geography in which human
relationships occur. Environment is viewed throughout the curriculum to include
personal, social, national, global, and beyond-global dimensions. Physical, psychosocial,
cultural, historical, developmental, economic, and political aspects are considered within
each dimension. The concepts of holism and human development are pervasive across the
curriculum. Holism includes the biological, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and
intellectual dimensions.

Health, a dynamic process, is the synthesis of wellness and illness and is defined by the
perception of the client. Health is defined as the lived experience of wellness, or
congruence between one’s possibilities and one’s realities—based on caring and feeling
cared for—and the lived experience of illness or loss/dysfunction that can be mediated by
caring relationships. The concepts of stress and coping further explicate the
wellness/illness experience of the client. Stress is the disruption of meaning,
understanding, and smooth functioning so that harm, loss, or challenge is experienced.
Coping is what people do when personal meanings are disrupted and smooth functioning
breaks down. The goal of coping is the restoration of meaning. Coping is always bounded
by the meanings and issues inherent in what each individual experiences.

Within this organizing framework, the nursing profession is seen as a body of knowledge
derived from theories and used to provide care to human beings in all settings. Nursing
practice links the nurse to others. At the undergraduate level, critical thinking moves
progressively through the curriculum and includes nursing process, ethical and clinical
decision-making, and the research process.

The development of the student nurse is believed to progress through the study and
experience of nursing roles. These humanitarian roles, which include moral/ethical and
aesthetic, cognitive, intellectual, and interpersonal dimensions, are learner, clinician, and
leader. The learner role includes student, scholar (expert learner), researcher, and
scientist. The clinician role of caregiver includes critical thinker, teacher, collaborator,
and user of nursing theory and research as the professional nurse develops from novice to
expert clinician.The leader role includes manager and coordinator of care, change agent,
and role model.

The Generic 4 Year BSN program admits post-high school students and transfer students
(students with some college credits or with degrees in other disciplines).
All professional nursing courses are taught by highly qualified faculty who are
experienced and proficient in scientific foundations and clinical applications of nursing
principles. State-of-the-art professional instruction emphasizes that nursing is centered on
caring for people. The curriculum reflects this emphasis in clinical nursing practice
courses that begin in the sophomore year and become increasingly complex. Students
work with children, adults, childbearing families, and the elderly in a variety of settings,
including acute care hospitals, using sophisticated technology and community agencies
dealing with individual, family, and community health care needs. Opportunities to gain
comprehensive clinical experience are available because of excellent relationships with
area hospitals, mental health clinics, home health care agencies, schools, and senior
citizen centers. The faculty and students comprise a community of learners with the
faculty member as facilitator and the student responsible for his or her own learning.
Teaching/learning strategies are varied so that students are able to maximize their
learning potentials.

The curriculum is four academic years and includes liberal learning courses, courses in
the natural and behavioral sciences, and nursing science and practice courses. The nursing
courses are concentrated in the upper division and include nursing science and practice in
the nursing clinical learning laboratory and nursing practice experiences in area health
care agencies. BSN graduates are qualified to take the National Council Licensing
Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed Registered Professional Nurses.

Application for licensure is regulated by the Board of Nursing in the state in which the
student applies to take the NCLEX and varies from state to state. The New Jersey Board
of Nursing requires nurse education programs to inform students, before they are
admitted, that a criminal history background check is a prerequisite to licensure.
TCNJ’s nursing graduates are broadly prepared as advanced beginner practitioners of
professional nursing practice. They are able to provide nursing care in any health setting
and assume responsibility for diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or
potential physical and emotional health problems through such services as case finding,
health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of
life and well-being, and through execution of prescribed medical regimens (NJSA
45:1123). In addition, they protect the rights, safety and welfare of clients, work to
influence health and social policy, and contribute to the development of the profession.

The purposes of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at The College of New
Jersey are to prepare nurses to:

1. Enter the practice of professional nursing as advanced beginners.
2. Assume the responsibilities of an educated person in society.
3. Participate in the advancement of the profession.
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4. Pursue advanced study.
5. Engage in lifelong learning.

Requirements for the Major
• Foundation/prerequisite courses include:
o PSY 101 Psychology
o NUR 110 Unitary Man & Environment
• Degree Specific/Support Science Courses:
o BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I
o BIO142 Anatomy & Physiology II
o BIO 144 Microbiology
o CHE 111 Biochemistry and the Human Body
o STA 115 Statistics

• Additionally, there are five non-clinical
courses, three professional role development
courses, and eleven clinical and clinicalrelated
required courses.

*Refer to the Four Year Course Sequence section for the full course list.
Academic Policies and Program Requirements

Entering nursing students are required to understand and adhere to all nursing polices
outlined in the Academic Policy and Program Requirements document for their specifc
year of entry to the program. See the Nursing website for more information under
Policies http://nursing.tcnj.edu/policies/.

Given the developmental nature of the nursing curriculum and the fact that most nursing
courses are taught once per academic year, adherence to the course sequence is important
to avoid delays in program progression and graduation. Students need to work closely
with faculty advisors in scheduling courses.

Satisfactory performance on comprehensive achievement examinations is required for
graduation. Based on scores achieved, students may be required to complete designated
review activities and retesting. There are fees associated with the testing and
examinations.

Students are expected to demonstrate safe and ethical professional nursing practice.
Guidelines for student behavior in clinical settings are outlined on the Nursing website.
Health and other requirements for entry into the clinical course sequence must be
completed as part of the Nursing Student Clinical Folder as specified in the Academic
Policy and Program Requirements document.

All health care organizations accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations (TJC) are required to verify the criminal background of
students. The State Board of Nursing also requires criminal background checks for
licensure. Therefore, as a condition for continued enrollment in clinical courses, nursing
majors are required to authorize TCNJ to obtain criminal background check(s) and must
be fingerprinted. Students may also be required to obtain a background check themselves
or authorize a clinical training facility to conduct this check, and to permit the results to
be provided by the reporting agency to TCNJ and/or to clinical facilities. Enrollment in
clinical courses will not be permitted until completion of the background check and
fingerprinting. If the results of the background check(s) are not deemed acceptable by
TCNJ or a clinical facility, the student may have to withdraw from the program. Students
are expected to notify the nursing program of any convictions, guilty pleas, or no contest
pleas to any crime subsequent to the background check.

Drug screening also is required for all nursing students prior to entering the clinical
course sequence. Students are responsible for all fees associated with these processes.
In addition, individual liability insurance is required by the NJ State Board of Nursing for
all undergraduate nursing students. As a student nurse, certain high-risk contacts
necessitate special vigilance to maintain good health. Therefore, nursing health
requirements include maintenance of health insurance, an annual health examination,
tuberculosis testing, hepatitis vaccination, and rubella titer or immunization. Health and
other requirements are described in more detail on the Nursing web site. Clinical learning
assignments require students to travel to off-campus clinical agencies. Students are
responsible for arranging their own transportation. Students are required to purchase the
nursing uniform and to follow the dress code as described in the student handbook.
Nursing students who are interested in pursuing academic minors should meet as early as
possible with their faculty advisor, chairperson, or assistant dean for more information
and planning assistance.

Program Entrance, Retention, and Exit Standards

Every major program at the College has set standards for allowing students to remain in
that program, to transfer within the College from one program to another, and to graduate
from a program. The following are the standards for nursing majors. Minimum grade
standards are noted in parentheses.

Retention in the program is based on the following performance standards:
• Foundation Courses:
o PSY 101 Psychology (B)
o NUR 110, Unitary Man & Environment (B)
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• Critical Content Courses:
o NUR 200 Pharmacology (C) o NUR 210 Professional Role Development I
(C) o NUR 230 Holistic Health Assessment (C+) o NUR 240 Holistic
Interventions (B)
• Other Degree Specific Courses:
o BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I (C+) o BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II
(C+), o BIO 144 Microbiology (C-)
o CHE111 Biochemistry and the Human Body (C-)
o STA 115 Statistics (C-)
o All other Nursing courses require a minimum C- (NUR 202, NUR 220, NUR
310, NUR 320, NUR 324, NUR 328, NUR 330, NUR 334, NUR 340, NUR
344, NUR 420, NUR 424, NUR 440, NUR 444, NUR 460)

Students may apply to transfer into the program from another program within the College
only once per academic year—at the end of the Spring semester. Applications are
available in the Nursing Office (Paul Loser Hall, room 206). Consideration for transfer
into the program is based upon the following performance standards in one of the
following “foundation courses”: NUR 110, Unitary Man & Environment (B) or PSY 101
(B). However, NUR 110 is recommended (along with all science courses) for applicants
seeking to enter the program with sophomore status. Applicants must have a cumulative
GPA of 3.0 or higher, have completed at least one science course at TCNJ, and have an
average GPA of 3.0 or better in science courses at the time application for transfer into
the nursing major.

Organizations Student Nurse Association at TCNJ (SNA)

SNA members include nursing majors and those interested in the profession of nursing.
The SNA works to provide opportunities for personal, intellectual, professional, and
social growth of its members by sponsoring educational, social, and service events.
Through SNA at TCNJ, Nursing majors are named to Nursing committees. Nursing
students are also encouraged to become members of the National Student Nurses’
Association, Inc.

New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS)
Nursing majors are eligible to belong to NJNS and the National Student Nurses
Association (NSNA). Members participate in state and national activities and
conferences.

SIGMA (International Honor Society of Nursing)
The Delta Nu Chapter of SIGMA, the only international honor society of nursing, was
chartered at the College in 1980. There are over 300 constituent chapters across the
nation in collegiate schools of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing or
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. SIGMA was founded to:
• Recognize the achievement of scholarship of superior quality;
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• Recognize the development of leadership qualities;
• Foster high professional standards;
• Encourage creative work; and
• Strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the
profession of nursing.

Each year invitations to membership are extended to selected students in the
undergraduate and graduate programs who are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating
class. Faculty and other nursing professionals in the community who meet specified
criteria may also be invited to become members. Program meetings of an educational or
scientific nature are held on a regular basis.

Nursing Scholarships and Loans Air Force ROTC
One-, two- and three-year Nursing Scholarships. Sophomore nursing candidates
interested in serving the USAF Nurse Corps may compete for the AFROTC scholarship.
For further information contact the Financial Aid Office or AFROTC at 732.932.7706.
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Two- and Three-Year Nursing ScholarshipsFreshmen
and sophomore nursing candidates may compete for the Army ROTC
scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition (at TCNJ), laboratory fees, textbooks, and
provides a monthly tax-free allowance during the junior and senior years. For further
information, contact ROTC at 609.771.3169.

Federal Nursing Loans– Nursing loans are available to those students who are enrolled
in the nursing program. Students may borrow up to $2,000, depending upon the
availability of funds and the amount of demonstrated financial need. The interest rate on
nursing loans is five percent per year. For additional information, see the Office of
Student Financial Assistance, Green Hall 101.

Four-Year Course Sequence for Undergraduate Generic 4 Year BSN Students*
*Nursing students are strongly advised to follow the course sequence below in order to
complete the BSN degree in four years. Any exceptions, waivers, or substitutions must
be approved in advance by authorized department faculty and/or school administrator.
Failure to follow the recommended course sequence may delay progress in the major.

First Year
Fall
FSP First Seminar 1 course unit
CHE 111 Biochemistry and the Human Body 1 course unit
BIO 141 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1 course unit
NUR 110 Man/Environment Across the Life Span
or Liberal Learning course

Spring
1 course unit
BIO 142 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1 course unit
BIO 144 Principles of Microbiology 1 course unit
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WRI 102 Academic Writing (if not exempted)* 1 course unit
NUR 110 Man/Environment Across the Life Span (if not taken in fall)
or Liberal Learning course 1 course unit
*Entering students who do not score at or above 580 in BOTH the verbal and math portions of the SAT will
be required take WRI 102 unless they gain exemption through a sore of 4 or higher in an AP English or
History exam, or through the college’s Writing Exemption and Placement Exam. It is recommended that
students exempted from this course take another liberal learning course.
Total for year 8 course units

Sophomore Year
Fall
NUR 210 Professional Role Development I: Caring Within
The Learner Role
1 course unit
NUR 220 Wellness Promotion Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 230 Holistic Health Assessment 1 course unit
PSY 101 General Psychology

Spring
1 course unit
NUR 200 Pharmacological Interventions 1 course unit
NUR 202 Nutrition Across the Life Span
NUR 240 Holistic Interventions Health Interventions Across
1 course unit
The Life Span 1 course unit
STA 115 Statistics 1 course unit
Total for year

Junior Year
Fall
NUR 310 Professional Role Development II: Caring Within
8 course units
The Clinician Role 1 course unit
NUR 320 Caring in Childbearing Family Health/Science 1 course unit
NUR 324 Caring in Childbearing Family Health/Practice
NUR 340 Caring in Psychosocial Health Across the
1 course unit
Life Span/Science/Practice
or
NUR 344 Caring in Child Health/Science/Practice

Spring
1 course unit
NUR 328 Research for health-related and Social Sciences 1 course unit
NUR 330 Caring in Adult and Elder Health I/Science 1 course unit
NUR 334 Caring in Adult and Elder Health I/Practice 1 course unit
NUR 344 Caring in Child Health/Science/Practice or
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NUR 340 Caring in Psychosocial Health Across the Life Span/
Science/Practice
1 course unit
Total for year

Senior Year
Fall
8 course units
NUR 420 Caring in Adult and Elder Health II Science 1 course unit
NUR 424 Caring in Adult and Elder Health II Practice 1 course unit
Liberal Learning 1 course unit
Elective or remaining Liberal Learning requirement

Spring
1 course unit
NUR 440 Caring in Community Health Science 1 course unit
NUR 444 Caring in Community Health Practice 1 course unit
NUR 460 Professional Role Development III: Capstone Seminar/
Caring Within the Leadership Role 1 course unit
Elective or remaining Liberal Learning requirement 1 course unit
Total for year 8 course units

RN to BSN Students
A BSN curriculum pathway for RN students who are graduates of associate’s degree or
diploma programs is offered. This pathway provides for recognition of prior study
through transfer credit from associate degree nursing programs and bachelor’s degree
credits earned previously.

Classes are offered at several regional healthcare systems during the evening to
accommodate working RNs. All professional nursing courses are taught by highly
qualified faculty who are experienced and proficient in scientific foundations and clinical
applications of nursing principles. State-of-the-art professional instruction emphasizes
that nursing is centered on caring for people. The faculty and students comprise a
community of learners with the faculty member as facilitator and the student responsible
for his or her own learning. Teaching/learning strategies are varied so that students are
able to maximize their learning potentials.

The purposes of the RN to BSN program at The College of New Jersey are to prepare
nurses to:
1. Assume the responsibilities of an educated person in society.
2. Participate in the advancement of the profession.
3. Pursue advanced study.
4. Engage in lifelong learning.

Requirements for the Major
The curriculum includes nursing courses in the upper division, liberal learning courses,
and free electives. RN to BSN students are exempt from First Seminar requirement. RN
students work with faculty advisors to develop individualized pathways for completing
the program. Individualized pathways are based upon the amount and type of transfer
credit and the number of courses the student takes in a given semester.

The RN to BSN program follows New Jersey’s Comprehensive State-Wide Transfer
Agreement. For transferability, one (1) course unit equals four (4) credit hours. TCNJ
will accept transfer courses based on this same formula (i.e., a three semester hour course
equals .75 course units).

• The maximum number of courses taken in transfer from schools designated as
community colleges or junior colleges cannot exceed 16 course units (=64
credit hours). This includes up to 13 nursing courses (=52 credit hours). Note:
The maximum number of nursing credits transferred cannot exceed the
number of nursing credits earned in the sending institution.

• The maximum number of courses transferred from all sources cannot exceed
20 course units (=80 credit hours).

Academic Policies and Program Requirements

Entering nursing students are required to understand and adhere to all TCNJ academic
and financial rules and procedures. RN to BSN students are expected to demonstrate safe
and ethical professional nursing practice. Guidelines for student behavior in clinical
settings are outlined on the Nursing website.

Clinical courses require students to travel to regional clinical agencies. Students are
responsible for arranging their own transportation to each assigned clinical site..
Program Entrance, Retention, and Exit Standards

RN to BSN students must have earned an associate’s degree in nursing or diploma in
nursing from an accredited institution. They must also hold a current license to practice
professional nursing in New Jersey and present a copy of the same with application for
admission to TCNJ.

• Every major program at the College has set standards for allowing students to remain
in that program, to transfer within the College from one program to another, and to
graduate from a program. The following are the standards for RN to BSN majors. To
earn a degree from The College of New Jersey, a student must take at least 12 full
course units (=48 credit hours) at the College.

• Graduation requires a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 overall.
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Organizations SIGMA (International Honor Society of Nursing)
The Delta Nu Chapter of SIGMA, the only international honor society of nursing, was
chartered at the College in 1980. There are over 300 constituent chapters across the
nation in collegiate schools of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing or
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. SIGMA was founded to:
• Recognize the achievement of scholarship of superior quality;
• Recognize the development of leadership qualities;
• Foster high professional standards;
• Encourage creative work; and
• Strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the
profession of nursing.

Each year invitations to membership are extended to selected students in the
undergraduate and graduate programs who are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating
class. Faculty and other nursing professionals in the community who meet specified
criteria may also be invited to become members. Program meetings of an educational or
scientific nature are held on a regular basis.

Course Sequence for RN to BSN Students
Equivalent courses for the following nursing courses may be transferred in by the RN
student.
NUR 110 Development of Unitary Man and Environment
Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 200 Pharmacological Interventions 1 course unit
NUR 202 Nutrition Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 220 Wellness Promotion Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 230 Health Assessment 1 course unit
NUR 240 Holistic Health Interventions Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 320 Caring in Childbearing Family Health/Science 1 course unit
NUR 324 Caring in Childbearing Family Health/Practice 1 course unit
NUR 330 Caring in Adult and Elder Health I/Science 1 course unit
NUR 334 Caring in Adult and Elder Health I/Practice
NUR 340 Caring in Psychosocial Health Across the Life
1 course unit
Span/Science/Practice 1 course unit
NUR 344 Caring in Child Health/Science/Practice 1 course unit
NUR 420 Caring in Adult and Elder Health Science II 1 course unit
Total 13 course units
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Courses that RN students typically need to take at TCNJ include:
NUR 210 Professional Role Development I: Caring Within
The Learner Role
NUR 310 Professional Role Development II: Caring Within
1 course unit
The Clinician Role 1 course unit
NUR 328 Research for Health-Related and Social Sciences 1 course unit
NUR 434 Professional Practice Across the Life Span 1 course unit
NUR 440 Caring in Community Health/Science 1 course unit
NUR 444 Caring in Community Health/Practice
NUR 460 Professional Role Development III: Capstone
1 course unit
Seminar/Caring within the Leadership Role 1 course unit
STA 115 Statistics 1 course unit
Total 8 course units
Liberal Learning/Elective Courses (transferred or taken at TCNJ) 11 course units
TOTAL FOR RN to BSN Program 32 course unit

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