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Catalog 2002-2003
Nursing (BSN)
School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Requirements of the Major Convener: Kathy Burke (UMDNJ-SN)
Advisor: G. Elaine Patterson



About the Major

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program is offered by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Nursing (UMDNJ-SN) and Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) School of Theoretical and Applied Science. Graduates of the Joint BSN Program are awarded the BSN degree by UMDNJ and RCNJ. Both institutions are accredited by the Middle States Association. The Joint BSN Program is also accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The general education component of the program is offered by the faculty of RCNJ and the nursing component is offered by the faculty of UMDNJ. Health care facilities and community agencies in north and central New Jersey are used as the primary education sites for clinical nursing courses. The Joint BSN Program combines the strengths of RCNJ and UMDNJ to offer a unique educational experience for the baccalaureate student. The partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC), a major center for clinical education, strengthens the experience for students in the generic track. Through an interdisciplinary curricular approach, this program facilitates collaboration and problem-solving with other health care professionals as well as RCNJ students majoring in other disciplines. As a liberal arts college distinguished for its multicultural education, RCNJ offers an interdisciplinary orientation in its philosophy and purpose. As a preeminent academic health sciences university, UMDNJ offers an interdisciplinary health services network and impacts on government and public affairs in New Jersey. EHMC, through its Center for Nursing Practice, offers a professional model combining education, practice, and research. These strengths, unparalleled by any other New Jersey nursing program, greatly enrich the academic culture. Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide nursing care collaboratively with other health professionals within complex health care systems. These graduates, equipped with the knowledge and skills for professional practice, will be prepared to render quality nursing care as well as effect positive change within health care systems.

RN/BSN Curriculum – The Joint BSN Program admits registered nurses, with an associates’ degree or diploma in nursing, and graduates them at the BSN level. Students also have the option of entering the Joint BSN Program with the intention to progress into the MSN Program at UMDNJ-SN.

Generic BSN Curriculum – The UMDNJ/RCNJ partnership in collaboration with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, also admits students who, upon graduation, receive the BSN degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered professional nurse. EHMC also serves as the primary educational site for nursing courses.

Admission Requirements for the Joint BSN Program:

Joint B.S.N. Program Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN /BSN Program include academic achievement, dependability, scholarship, professional behavior, accountability, and interpersonal skills.

Admissions’ decisions are based upon review of the following minimum requirements:

1. Graduation from an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing Program, an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing Program, or a Diploma in Nursing Program accredited by an appropriate agency or association at the time of graduation from the program;
2. Licensure as a registered nurse in New Jersey. Individuals licensed as registered
nurses in other states must be eligible for New Jersey State Board of Nursing licensure as a registered professional nurse;
3. Cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 or higher.
4. A grade of "C" or higher in all nursing, science, and English composition courses.
5. A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) for applicants who are not graduates of a United States college or university.
6. Three letters of recommendation
The criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Generic Program include academic achievement, dependability, scholarship, professional behavior, accountability, and interpersonal skills.

Admissions’ decisions are based upon review of the following minimum requirements:
1. Graduation from High School or a High School Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.);
2. SAT scores of 1050 or above;
3. Top 40% of graduating class;
4. Completion of three science courses with laboratories, including chemistry, with a grade 75 ("C") or better;
5. Three letters of recommendation; and
6. A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) for applicants who are not graduates of a United States college or university.

Physical examination, required immunizations, health and liability insurance
(required after acceptance)

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR COMPLETED ADMISSION PACKETS:
March 15 – Fall Admission

Questions concerning the program or application packet should be directed to:
Ms. Brenda Perkins, Office of Admissions, RCNJ
Dr. Kathleen Burke, Assistant Dean, UMDNJ Joint Nursing Programs
Dr. Barbara Wiklinski, EHMC Academic Administrator

Requirements for the Major:

Students must earn 129 credits, meet General Education, School Core, and Major Requirements.
Courses offered at Ramapo College of New Jersey with clinicals are offered at nearby facilities. Nursing courses in the generic major are held at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Students are expected to provide their own transportation.

Note: Matriculated students in the Joint BSN Program may apply for the Advanced Placement Program in the MSN Program of UMDNJ-SN. In this program, students may take two (2) courses at the MSN level (Nursing Research/Science and Advanced Physiology) which would be included on the BSN transcript as transfer credits.

Required grades in Nursing courses and Nursing prerequisite courses are determined by the UMDNJ-SN faculty and printed in the UMDNJ-SN Catalog.
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