Nursing Program For Adults

Maximizing the strengths of registered nurses, St. Joseph’s upper-division baccalaureate nursing program builds a solid foundation for graduate study. Nurses are consistently in high demand, especially in New York and St. Joseph’s prepares you for professional practice in traditional and unstructured health care settings.

Our program, which is strictly for registered nurses, focuses on nursing theory and the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health for clients, the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills, and the development of leadership skills appropriate to beginning professional practice.

As adult learners, nursing students have unique needs and are diverse in their experiential backgrounds. We promote self-directed learning, increasing the student’s existing professional knowledge base and facilitating change in professional role perceptions and behavior.

The B.S. with a major in Nursing Program at St. Joseph's College is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

program purposes

The purposes of the program are to:

  • provide the graduate with breadth of knowledge and values from both general and professional education

  • prepare the graduate for professional practice in traditional and unstructured health care settings

  • provide a foundation for graduate education in nursing

  • provide the knowledge base and experiences that will facilitate resocialization from technical to professional nursing practice

Admission Requirements

Nursing program candidates must submit:

  • a nursing program application

  • transcripts of lower-division coursework. If student copies of transcripts are submitted initially, official transcripts must be on file within the first 18 credits of coursework at St. Joseph’s College

  • two letters of reference from employing agency or a school of nursing attesting to the candidate’s clinical competency and potential for professional growth

  • proof of licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) in New York State

Nursing program candidates must have:

  • Graduated with an associate degree from a nursing program or a hospital diploma program accredited by a nationally accredited program (ACEN or CCNE). Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLNAC may be eligible for conditional admission to the nursing program if they meet all other admission requirements. Specific requirements apply to those admitted on a conditional basis.

  • A current license in New York State as a Registered Professional Nurse or eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Students must have a current New York State R.N. license to enroll in NU 350.

  • Completed lower-division course requirements. Candidates are eligible to apply after completing 24 credits of lower-division courses at a regionally accredited community or senior college. CLEP challenge exams are available in selected science and liberal arts courses.

  • A satisfactory cumulative grade point average in lower-division course work. All candidates with a 2.5 grade point average or higher on a 4-point scale will be reviewed for admission. Preference will be given to those with a 3.0 grade point average or above.

  • Satisfactory scores on the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) II RN-BSN tests are required for graduates of hospital diploma programs and for students admitted to the program on a conditional basis. These tests must be taken no later than the second semester after admission to the program.


accreditation Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404.975.5000)
www.acenursing.org
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