The four-year nursing pre-licensure program is designed for the undergraduate student with no previous experience in professional nursing. The program emphasis is on transcultural nursing, preparing the graduates of the program to work in a wide variety of settings to provide culturally sensitive care to clients.
Nazareth College is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is registered by the New York State Education Department. Nazareth College offers a broad range of courses in the liberal arts, humanities, nursing, and the sciences to help students achieve educational and professional goals. The program provides students with the breadth of knowledge that characterizes the well-educated professional, so students are prepared to face the needs of a changing society and to obtain leadership positions in the health care field.
All potential nursing students must meet the general college admission requirements. Students should also demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and science. Students in their first two years of study must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, with a minimum grade of C in all required science and nursing major courses. Students must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 to progress in the nursing major. The College reserves the right to withdraw a student whose level of achievement, clinical practice, health, or professional conduct constitutes a risk to self or others.
The nursing department estimates the specific costs for uniforms, shoes, and stethoscope for four-year licensure students to be around $500. Graduates of this program are eligible to take, and must pass, the NCLEX-RN examination to become a Registered Professional Nurse. The program awards a Bachelor of Science degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
In accordance with the mission of the Department of Nursing, the undergraduate program goals, and the nine essentials from the Executive Summary of AACN (2008), the baccalaureate curriculum for both the pre-licensure students and registered nurse students will provide educational opportunities which will enable the graduate to:
- describe how arts and sciences apply to the care of individuals and families;
- apply the concepts of evidence-based practice to critical thinking in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care;
- apply effective communication techniques with diverse populations;
- construct culturally competent nursing care for diverse populations;
- use technology and informatics in professional nursing practice;
- use effective communication with members of the interprofessional health care team to promote quality and safe patient care; and, recognize her/his ability to meet the following professional nursing values: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
Students in the Department of Nursing are required to complete the following core courses:
Required Courses for Nursing Major - Four Year Nursing Licensure Qualifying
In addition to all the core courses listed above, all pre-licensure students are required to take the following courses:
Nursing Senior Experience
The senior experience for both the pre-licensure students and the
registered nursing majors consists of seminars, projects and a departmental
comprehensive examination in which majors examine the impact of their
baccalaureate education on themselves as liberally educated persons, as members
of the nursing profession, and as members of a global society. The goals of the
senior experience are twofold: 1) to develop critical thinking, problem-solving
and interactive skills as liberally-educated professional nurses; and 2) to
analyze the interconnections among health, nursing, the liberal arts and the
humanities, especially from the core areas of the Natural Sciences, Philosophy,
Religious Studies, Literature, History, Fine Arts, Mathematics and Social
- Math Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course Credits: 3
- Health/Wellness Credits: 0
As well as:
- 4 Perspectives Enduring Questions (P-EQ) courses Credits: 12
As well as:
- 2 Integrative Studies (IS) courses Credits: 6
- Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway
As well as:
- Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 3
- Core Milestone Experience (CME) course Credits: 0
As well as: