Nursing AS

Mission of the Nursing Program

The Mission of the Nursing Programs is directly derived from the mission of St. Vincent’s College and the mission of the Academic Services Division. The nursing mission statement focuses on the education of nurses who provide care for the sick and the sick poor. It provides a sound and stable educational environment where a diverse student population has the freedom to learn and grow intellectually and develop critical thinking skills, while adhering to a faith-based philosophy and established standards of professional nursing practice. Faculty members are qualified, caring teachers and nurse-educators. Faculty are dedicated to excellence in nursing education, patient care, lifelong learning and the mission of the college. In keeping with the mission of the college, nursing seeks to provide associate and baccalaureate programs in nursing which foster and encourage professional mobility built on previous learning.

The Associate Degree Program in Nursing is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Nursing Student Handbook 2016-2017

The nursing curriculum is built upon a foundation drawn from the biological and social sciences as well as the humanities. Nursing courses include classroom, College laboratory, and clinical laboratory experiences. Graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 72 credits for the nursing major. One credit hour is defined as one scheduled fifty minute class conducted each week for fifteen weeks, or its equivalent. Three laboratory/clinical hours are counted as the equivalent of one class hour.

Graduates of the Nursing Program:

  1. Demonstrate charity and respect for the spirituality, dignity, and cultural diversity of all individuals.
  2. Utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills in nursing practice using the nursing process as the basis for delivering biopsychosocial care.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in associate degree nursing competencies which include psychomotor skills, teaching-learning principles, and management of groups of clients.
  4. Safely implement therapeutic nursing interventions, incorporating pathophysiological concepts.
  5. Practice professionally within the ethical and legal framework of nursing.
  6. Therapeutically communicate when collaborating with clients, families, and health team members to plan, implement, and evaluate plan of care.
  7. Participate in continuing education programs to enhance their level of client care.
  8. Contribute to society through involvement in community services and professional activities of nursing.

Nursing Program OUTCOMES

  1. Graduates are successful on NCLEX-RN.
  2. Graduates obtain entry level graduate nurse positions in diverse health care settings.
  3. Employers positively evaluate graduates as demonstrating the competencies of associate degree nursing.
  4. Graduates are satisfied with the adequacy of the curriculum, environment, learning resources, support services, and policies.

Nursing Program Outcomes Data

Curriculum:

The following distribution of courses is reflective of a full-time curriculum plan, which includes 2 years and a summer session. (The normal course load for a full-time student is 12 to 17 credits per 16-week semester.)

Term 1 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
BIO 211: Anatomy & Physiology I 4 B- Chemistry and biology (with lab) within 5 years prior to application with grade of C+ or higher (high school or college level)
PSY 101: General Psychology 3 C
MAT 140: College Algebra 3 C+ An SAT, ACT or Accuplacer score determines placement in first-year mathematics course
NUR 101: Intro to Nursing Practice 7 B- In order to advance into N101 you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
Total hours subtotal 17    
Term 2 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
BIO 211: Anatomy & Physiology II 4 B- Must successfully complete BIO 211
PSY 212: Developmental Psychology 3 C Co-requisite to N124
NUR 123: Family Concepts in Nursing 4 B- In order to progress in the nursing program you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
NUR 124: Adult Child Nursing I 5 B-
Total hours subtotal 16    
Term 1 – Fall Start Hours Minimum Grade Notes
BIO 211: Anatomy & Physiology I 4 B- Chemistry and biology (with lab) within 5 years prior to application with grade of C+ or higher (high school or college level)
PSY 101: General Psychology 3 C+
MAT 140: College Algebra 3 C+ An SAT, ACT or Accuplacer score determines placement in first-year mathematics course
NUR 101: Intro to Nursing Practice 7 B- In order to advance into N101 you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
Total hours subtotal 17    
Term 3 (summer) Hours Minimum Grade Notes
BIO 235: Microbiology 4 B- Must successfully complete BIO 211.
ENG 101: English Composition 3 C+ An SAT, ACT or Accuplacer score determines placement in first-year English course.

Prerequisite to NUR230

Total hours subtotal 7    
Term 5 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
SOC 101: Intro to Sociology 3 C Prerequisite ENG 101; co-requisite NUR230
REL 101: World Religions 3 C Prerequisite ENG 101; co-requisite NUR230
NUR 230: Adult Child Nursing II 5 B- Pre-requisite ENG 101, NUR 101, NUR 124
NUR 231: Adult Child Nursing III 6 B-
Total hours subtotal 17    
Term 6 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
PHI 201: Ethics 3 C Prerequisite ENG 101; co-requisite NUR232
Humanities Elective 3 C co-requisite NUR232
NUR 232: Adult Child Nursing IV 6 B- Pre-requisite NUR 230
NUR 270: Nursing Seminar 3 B- Pre-requisite: All nursing courses must be successfully completed
Total hours subtotal 15    

*In order to advance in the Pre-licensure Clinical Nursing Program you must meet all of the admission criteria and progression criteria each semester.

Admission Criteria:

  • GPA 2.75 or higher
  • TEAS VI score: Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 56% or higher. The college will consider the scores from the first and second attempt only (within the last three years). If you do not achieve a score of 56% or higher by the second attempt you are not eligible to begin nursing 101. TEAS test score must be submitted prior to registration for N101.

Progression Criteria:

  • Successful completion of nursing theory course (grade 80% [B-] or better) and Pass grade in clinical;
  • Level one or higher on ATI final exam in first level courses (N101, N123, N124)
  • Level two or higher on ATI final exam in second level courses (N230, N231, N232)
  • Completion of all prerequisites and co-requisites as required by college (see college catalog).

Students who fail a nursing course may need to wait an entire semester before the course is offered again. Although St. Vincent’s College will make every effort to offer a course that a student does not pass, class enrollment is based on a space available basis.

Spring Start – Accelerated Model

Term 1 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
NUR 101: Intro to Nursing Practice 7 B- In order to advance into N101 you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
Total hours subtotal 7    
Term 2 (summer) Hours Minimum Grade Notes
NUR 124: Adult Child Nursing I

Summer A

5 B- In order to progress in the nursing program you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
NUR 230: Adult Child Nursing II

Summer B

5 B-
Total hours subtotal 10    
Term 3 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
NUR 123: Family Concepts in Nursing 4 B- In order to progress in the nursing program you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
NUR 231: Adult Child Nursing III 6 B-
Total hours subtotal 10    
Term 4 Hours Minimum Grade Notes
NUR 232: Adult Child Nursing IV 6 B- In order to progress in the nursing program you must meet all the admission criteria (see bottom of major map for details)
NUR 270: Nursing Seminar 3 B-
Total hours subtotal 9    

In order to advance in the Spring Start – Pre-licensure Clinical Nursing Program you must meet all of the admission criteria and progression criteria each semester.

Admission Criteria:

  • Completion of A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology with grade of B- or higher on first attempt
  • Completion of Math 140 with grade of C+ or higher on first attempt
  • Completion of ENG 101, PSY 101, PSY 212, SOC 101, REL 101, PHI 201 with grade of C or higher.
  • TEAS VI score: Applicants must have an adjusted individual total score of 56% or higher. The college will consider the scores from the first and second attempt only (within the last three years). If you do not achieve a score of 56% or higher by the second attempt you are not eligible to begin nursing 101. TEAS test score must be submitted prior to registration for N101.
  • GPA 2.75 or higher

Progression Criteria:

  • Successful completion of nursing theory course (grade 80% [B-] or better) and Pass grade in clinical;
  • Level one or higher on ATI final exam in first level courses (N101, N123, N124)
  • Level two or higher on ATI final exam in second level courses (N230, N231, N232)

Students who fail a nursing course may need to wait an entire semester before the course is offered again. Although St. Vincent’s College will make every effort to offer a course that a student does not pass, class enrollment is based on a space available basis.

Admission
Advanced Standing (LPNs & Non-LPNs)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Program Requirements
Readmission to the Nursing Program