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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Nursing – Major

For information contact Nancy Dalpezzo.

The nursing program at Cedar Crest prepares students to function as professional nurse generalists committed to lifelong learning. It provides the foundation for future graduate study in nursing and serves as the basis for a variety of careers in health care. Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination leads to licensure as a registered nurse. The use of the nursing process in caring for individuals, families and communities in diverse multicultural settings is emphasized. This includes participation with colleagues on the interdisciplinary health-care team, as well as, acceptance of responsibility and accountability for nursing actions in a changing society. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, 212-363-5555, ext. 153.

Academic Requirements

  • Students are admitted to the college as pre-nursing majors and begin the nursing curriculum upon completion of a minimum of 62 credits, general education requirements, and nursing prerequisite courses. Students must have achieved an overall GPA of equal to or greater than 2.5 on all Cedar Crest College courses.
  • Transfer students majoring in nursing must be accepted, matriculated, and complete at least six credits at Cedar Crest College prior to his/her intended clinical start.
  • To begin junior level courses, the student must have earned at least a B- in four of the five prerequisite science courses*.  Only one nursing science prerequisite course can be repeated due to a grade less than C.  That course may be repeated only one time.  A minimum grade of C is required in the remaining prerequisite courses.  Students must have achieved a nursing prerequisite GPA of equal to or greater than 2.7.  These prerequisites will form the basis of the nursing prerequisite GPA.
BIO 117 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology* 4 credits
BIO 118 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II* 4 credits
BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology* 4 credits
CHE 103 Concepts in Chemistry* 5 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition* 3 credits
PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
PSY 250 Life-Span Development 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Culture and Society 3 credits
  • In order for the Declaration of Major to be processed, the student must meet the current overall and nursing prerequisite GPA requirements.

  • Students must have the ability to communicate in English in both written and spoken word.  

In addition to meeting the above requirements, acceptance into the program is based on nursing prerequisite course GPA, Basic English Composition grade, Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) English score, TEAS total score, number of credits taken at Cedar Crest College, and the available number of positions in the program. The TEAS must be taken at Cedar Crest College.  Students may contact the Nursing Department for a copy of the admissions rubric.

If a student’s score is 60.9 or less for the English component of the TEAS, the student will have the opportunity to re-take the TEAS one time after taking the required remediation.  If the student retakes the TEAS and scores 60.9 or less on the English component, the student will be denied admission to the nursing program.  If the student re-takes the TEAS and scores 61 or greater on the English component of the TEAS, the student will be reconsidered for admission to the nursing program.

For calculation of the prerequisite GPA used in the admissions rubric, students must have completed a minimum of 24 of the 32 nursing prerequisite course credits. Twelve of the 24 credits must be in the required sciences (BIO 117, BIO 118, BIO 127, CHE 103, NTR 210).  If more than 24 credits of the nursing prerequisite courses are completed, then all credits are used to calculate the GPA.

Clinical Requirements

Please note that these requirements apply YEARLY to ALL incoming and continuing Nursing students.
  • Completed health forms with lab work attached; including 9 point drug and alcohol testing (must be done by HealthWorks, 1243 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA Phone: 610-402-9285); and
  • A clear FBI Criminal History Clearance ; and
  • A clear Child Abuse History Clearance; and
  • A clear PA Criminal History Clearance; and
  • CPR Certification – Must be one of the following: American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer OR American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers; and
  • Health insurance.

The deadline dates for submitting all clinical requirements listed above are as follows:

  • February 15th (for Summer and Fall program starts/senior renewals)
  • September 15th (for Winter program starts/senior renewals)

Nursing Courses

Beginning in the junior year, students take courses focusing on health promotion, treatment and disease prevention in the care of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.  Courses include:

NUR 309 Health Promotion I 5 credits
NUR 311 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 313 Mental Health Promotion 4 credits
NUR 314 Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 320 Family Health Promotion I 4 credits
NUR 321 Health Promotion II 4 credits
NUR 322 Research I 2 credits
NUR 323 Concepts in Professional Nursing 2 credits
NUR 330 Family Health Promotion II 4 credits
NUR 331 Health Promotion III 5 credits
NUR 332 Research II 3 credits
NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community 5 credits
NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing 5 credits
NUR 341 Complex Health Problems 4 credits
NUR 342 Independent Practicum 4 credits

Clinical Experience

Clinical practice occurs in a variety of settings. Affiliations include but are not limited to: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, St. Luke’s Hospital Network, Sacred Heart Hospital, KidsPeace National Hospital, the Allentown and Bethlehem Health Bureaus, Pocono Medical Center, Blue Mountain Health Care System and Home Health agencies. Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Expenses (in addition to comprehensive and special fees)

Nursing students are responsible for any fees involved when obtaining the clinical requirements, nursing student ID badges, Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) , ATI comprehensive testing Fee, professional and scholarly activities, and licensure fees.

A student will be charged a clinical fee for each clinical course (please refer to the Academic Fees Assessments section for the current rate).  The fee is used for required conferences, seminars, lab supplies, and related clinical expenses. The fee applies to the following courses: NUR309, 311, 313, 320, 321, 330, 331, 333, 335, 341, 342, and is non-refundable after the drop-add period.

RN Students

Graduates of NLNAC-accredited diploma or associate degree programs in nursing may apply to Cedar Crest to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Registered Nurses must meet all the curriculum requirements for the nursing major. An RN may be awarded academic credit for previous non-nursing studies. In accordance with the Pennsylvania Articulation Model, 32 nursing credits may be awarded upon completion of the Professional Nursing Seminar (NUR 324), which facilitates progress toward degree completion.  Cedar Crest will accept RNs directly into the nursing program without testing, provided the applicant has graduated from an NLNAC accredited and state approved program; is licensed to practice as an RN; obtained a 2.5 GPA in their previous course of study; and graduated within three years of application to the school or worked 1,000 hours within the last three years. (See the Nursing Department for specific criteria.)

In addition to the general education requirements and nursing prerequisites, RNs are required to take the following nursing courses:

 
NUR 311 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 322 Research I 2 credits
NUR 324 Professional Nursing Seminar 3 credits
NUR 332 Research II 3 credits
NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community 5 credits
NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing 5 credits

All RNs must have RN licensure from the state of Pennsylvania. RNsmust also submit the following requirements prior to entering NUR 333Health Promotion of the Community or NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing.

  • Completed health forms with lab work attached; including a 9 point drug and alcohol testing (must be done by HealthWorks, 1243 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA  Phone: 610-402-9285); and
  • A clear FBI Criminal History Clearance; and
  • A clear Child Abuse History Clearance; and
  • A clear PA Criminal History Clearance; and
  • CPR Certification - Must be one of the following:  American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer OR American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers; and
  • Health insurance.

LPN Students

The LPN has the option of either taking NUR 309 Health Promotion I or auditing it. Additionally, NUR 314, Pharmacology, for three credits is awarded to the LPN who has successfully demonstrated competency by passing the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES) exam. (See the Nursing Department for specific criteria)

Departmental Review for Field Placement

Students majoring in Education, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition or Social Work are required to complete a field practicum or clinical experience.  Because this requirement necessitates working with the public in a professional setting, it is important that the student has advanced interpersonal skills, mature judgment, and appropriate professional demeanor.  Thus faculty in these programs will review students prior to the practicum and make appropriate recommendations up to and including removal from placement.

School Nurse Certification

Please refer to the information found in the School Nurse Certification Program section.
Last Updated: 6/16/10