Nursing - Major

For information, contact Professor Wendy J. Robb, wjrobb@cedarcrest.edu,  610-606-4606.

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. The purpose of the nursing program at Cedar Crest College is to prepare students to function as professional nurse generalists committed to lifelong learning.  It prepares graduates to function as registered nurses within the rights and privileges of the Professional Code of Ethics for Nurses and  in compliance with the State Nurse Practice Acts.  It provides the foundation for future graduate study in nursing and serves as the basis for a variety of careers in the area of health care.

The Cedar Crest College Undergraduate Nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404.975.5000.

Graduation from Cedar Crest College's nursing program does not guarantee licensure as a registered nurse.  To obtain licensure, individuals must obtain approval from the State Board of Nursing and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).  Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) leads to licensure as a registered nurse.  To see the current pass rates for graduates of the Nursing Program at Cedar Crest College access the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website at https://www.ncsbn.org

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.

The Cedar Crest College Nursing Department’s facilities are housed in the Hamilton Boulevard Building, a state-of-the-art facility that is one of the finest of its kind in the region. The 33,000 square foot building includes: three multi-media labs including a health assessment lab, a maternal and pediatric lab, and an adult health lab; a fully equipped nursing unit that simulates a hospital environment; a simulation center with 2 adjacent computerized learning mannequin laboratories and a separate control/observation room; a community health lab set up to replicate a home-care environment; convertible classrooms, and conference facilities to accommodate 300 persons. The Hamilton Boulevard Building provides high speed wireless Internet and also houses a computer lab for student use. All nursing faculty offices are located in the Hamilton Boulevard Building.

Program Requirements

Students are admitted to the College as pre-nursing majors and begin the nursing curriculum upon completion of College-wide course requirements and nursing prerequisite courses (see College-wide course requirements and below for nursing prerequisite courses).  Students must have completed a minimum of 62 credits and all general education requirements. Students must have achieved an overall GPA equal to or greater than 2.5 in all credits earned at Cedar Crest College. Students must have achieved a nursing pre-requisite GPA of equal to or greater than 2.7. Additionally, students must have the ability to communicate in English in both written and spoken word.

To begin junior level courses, the student must have earned at least a grade of B- (B minus) in four of the five prerequisite science courses. ** A grade of C or C+ is permitted in only one prerequisite science course.

BIO 117 Human Anatomy & Physiology I**
BIO118 Human Anatomy & Physiology II**
BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology**
CHE 103 Concepts in Chemistry**
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition**

Only one nursing science pre-requisite course ** can be repeated due to a grade less than C (C- or lower). That course may be repeated only one time.

In the remaining prerequisite courses, a grade of C or better is required while still meeting the 2.7 prerequisite GPA.

MAT 110 Probability & Statistics
PSY 100 General Psychology
PSY 250 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Introduction to Culture & Society

All nine prerequisite courses form the basis of the Nursing pre-requisite GPA.

In addition to meeting the above requirements, acceptance into the program is based on an Admission Rubric which includes the following components: nursing pre-requisite 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. The cost for the exam is paid directly to ATI Testing at www.atitesting.com. Students are notified by the Nursing Department by email as to when they should register and pay for the exam. If a student does not meet the required scores on the TEAS exam they will have one opportunity to re-take the TEAS for a second fee.  Students may contact the Nursing Advisor for more information on the Admission Rubric.

For calculation of pre-requisite GPA, students must have completed a minimum of 24 of the 32 nursing pre-requisite 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 pre-requisite courses are completed, then all credits are used to calculate the GPA.

Nursing Program Credit Requirement

57 Nursing Credits
1 General Education Credit
58 Total Credits

Clinical Requirements

  • Report of Health Evaluation and Medical History
  • Immunizations, Titers, and Current PPD
  • Drug and Alcohol Screen
  • 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
  • FBI Criminal History Clearance
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
  • 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

Nursing Courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

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

Nursing Courses required for the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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
(course offered online; lab offered in an online or face-to-face format)
NUR 322 Research I 2 credits
(online only)
NUR 324 Professional Nursing Seminar 3 credits
(offered in an online or face-to-face format)
NUR 332 Research II 3 credits
(online only)
NUR 333 Health Promotion of the Community 5 credits
(offered in an online or face-to-face format)
NUR 335 Leadership in Nursing 5 credits (offered in an online or face-to-face format)

Nursing Elective Courses

NUR 328 Nursing in the Global Community: A Study Abroad - 2 credits
NUR 360 Nursing Simulation I – 2 credits
NUR 361 Nursing Simulation II – 2 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.

Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Cedar Crest College has seven program outcomes. At the completion of the program graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the physical and social sciences, humanities, and nursing in making nursing practice decisions involving culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Practice effective communication with individuals, families, and communities.
  3. Integrate all components of the nursing process in promoting optimal health of individuals, families, and communities.
  4. Collaborate with other members of the health care team in effecting the delivery of health care.
  5. Synthesize research findings into the practice of nursing and the delivery of health care.
  6. Demonstrate competency in a beginning professional role as leader, advocate, and teacher.
  7. Accept responsibility for lifelong personal and professional development.

Clinical Experience

Clinical practice occurs in a variety of settings. 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 all fees involved when obtaining the clinical requirements, uniforms, equipment, DVDs, books, 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

For information contact Sandra Axt at sdaxt@cedarcrest.edu or 610-606-4666 extension 3430.

Graduates of ACEN-accredited diploma or associate degree programs in nursing may apply to Cedar Crest College to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 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 College will accept RNs directly into the nursing program without testing, provided the applicant has graduated from an ACEN 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.

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

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

LPN Students

Cedar Crest College welcomes the student who possesses a license in Practical Nursing to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The LPN must complete the general education requirements and nursing prerequisites, in addition to nursing courses at Cedar Crest College as described in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  The LPN has the option of either taking NUR 309 Health Promotion I or auditing it.

Cedar Crest College welcomes the student who possesses a license in Practical Nursing to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The LPN must complete the general education requirements and nursing prerequisites, in addition to nursing courses at Cedar Crest College as described in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 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.