Catalog • 2012-2013

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cedar Crest College undergraduate Nursing program is to prepare professional nurses by building on a foundation firmly grounded in the liberal arts. A Cedar Crest College nursing education fosters development of the whole person while cultivating commitment to lifelong learning. Nursing graduates are empowered to assume leadership roles in a global society.

Nursing Program Credit Requirement

57 Nursing Credits
1 General Education Credit
58 Total Credits

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 Nursing 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
MATT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 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 Skills (TEAS) scores, 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. If a student does not meet the required scores on the TEAS exam, the student will have the opportunity to re-take the TEAS one time at the expense of the student. Students may contact the Nursing Department for more information on the admission rubric.

For calculation of the prerequisite GPA used in the admission 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

  • Completed health forms with lab work attached
  • CPR certification- Must be one of the following:
    • American RED Cross CPER/AED for the Professional Rescuer
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
  • Proof of health insurance
  • An FBI criminal history clearance
  • A child abuse history clearance
  • A PA criminal history clearance

Prospective and current nursing students must submit criminal background checks that meet the requirements of the nursing program before beginning nursing courses and annually thereafter.

Prospective and current nursing students with criminal records must disclose their record and schedule a meeting with the Nursing Department Chairperson upon admission to or throughout progression at Cedar Crest College.

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

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students fulfill the Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirements through successful completion of the required coursework for the nursing major.

The Ethics requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing.

The Global Studies requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community.

Successful completion of the required pre-requisite course MAT 110 Probability and Statistics fulfills one 3 credit bearing class for the Math and Logic LAC requirement.

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.)

Any student who has been dismissed from the undergraduate nursing program is not eligible for admission to the RN to BSN program.

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

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. RNs must also submit the following requirements prior to entering NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community or NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing.

  • Completed health forms with lab work attached
  • CPR certification- Must be one of the following:
    • American RED Cross CPER/AED for the Professional Rescuer
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
  • Proof of health insurance
  • An FBI criminal history clearance
  • A child abuse history clearance
  • A PA criminal history clearance

Prospective and current nursing students must submit criminal background checks that meet the requirements of the nursing program before beginning nursing courses and annually thereafter.

Prospective and current nursing students with criminal records must disclose their record and schedule a meeting with the Nursing Department Chairperson upon admission to or throughout progression at Cedar Crest College.

LPN Students

The LPN has the option of either taking NUR 309 Health Promotion I or auditing it.

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.