Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing Curriculum

Curriculum

Year 1: Penn State, two 16-week semesters

Semester 1
Class Credits
BIOL 161 3
BIOL 162 1
SOC 001 3
ENGL 015 3
NUTR 251 3
HDFS 129 3
TOTAL: 16 credits
Semester 2
Class Credits
BIOL 163 3
BIOL 164 1
PSYCH 100 3
CAS 100 3
MICRB 106 3
MICRB 107 1
TOTAL: 14 credits

Prerequisite Courses: Transfer credits may also be accepted from other accredited colleges and universities.

Total First Year Credits: 30

Year 2

Theory — 1 credit = 15 hrs
Clinical — 1 credit = 45 hrs

Term I
12 weeks
Aug.-Nov.:
1 week break between semesters

Term II
12 weeks
Nov. - Feb.:
2 week Christmas break and 1 week between semesters

Term III
12 weeks
Mar. - May

N-100: Principles of Nursing
7 credits
Theory = 5 credits/75 hrs
Clinical = 2 credits/90 hrs

N-102 Medical-Surgical
Nursing I

6 credits
Theory = 3 credits/45 hrs
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hrs

N-104: Medical-Surgical Nursing II
7 credits
Theory = 3 credits/45 hrs
Clinical = 4 credits/180 hrs

N-101: Physical Assessment
Theory/lab = 1 credit/15 hrs

N-103:
Pharmacology I

Theory = 2 credits/30 hrs 

N-105:
Pharmacology II

Theory = 2 credits/30 hrs

TOTAL: 8 credits

TOTAL: 8 credits

TOTAL: 9 credits

Total Second Year Credits: 25

Year 3

Theory — 1 credit = 15 hrs
Clinical — 1 credit = 45 hrs

Term I
12 weeks
Aug.-Nov.:
1 week break between semesters/

Term II
12 weeks
Nov.-Feb.:
2 week Christmas break and 1 week between semesters

Term III
12 weeks
Mar. - May:
Graduation in May

N-200: Medical-Surgical Nursing III/Community Health*
8 credits
Theory = 5 credits/75 hrs
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hrs (1/2 class)

Or

N-200: Medical-Surgical Nursing III/Community Health*
8 credits
Theory = 5 credits/75 hrs
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hrs (1/2 class)

Or

N-300: Transition to Professional
Practice

8 credits
Theory = 3 credits/45 hrs
Clinical = 5 credits/225 hrs

N-201: Biopsychosocial Care of Individuals, Families and Groups*
8 credits (1/2 of class)
Theory = 5 credits/75 hrs
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hrs

N-201: Biopsychosocial Care of Individuals, Families and Groups*
8 credits (1/2 of class)
Theory = 5 credits/75 hrs
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hrs

N-301: Professional Issues and Preparation for Nursing Practice
1 credit
Theory = 1 credit/15 hrs

TOTAL: 8 credits

 TOTAL: 8 credits  TOTAL: 9 credits

Total Third Year Credits = 25

Total Nursing Credits = 50

Program Total Credits = 80

*One-half of the class will be in each section, each term. Credits designated for nursing courses are not transferable to institutions of higher learning. Credits for nursing courses are based on 15 clock hrs per credit theory and 45 hrs per credit clinical. “Credit” assigned to nursing courses does not constitute “college credit” and does not imply nursing courses earn the equivalent of college credit. The term “credit” assigned to nursing courses is for grading and/or financial purposes only. Only an authorized degree-granting institution in which a student enrolls may determine whether the completed nursing courses may be accepted for “college credit.”

A student is expected to enroll in specific courses as scheduled each semester. A student must be actively taking scheduled courses each semester to maintain enrollment status unless advanced standing, transfer credit approval or permission to take off-campus courses has been granted. Proof of course completion with official transcript is required at the end of each semester or the student will be removed from the class.
Information regarding the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing tuition, fees and length of program can be obtained from:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

RN TO BSN COMPLETION OPTION

Graduates from the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through Penn State Schuylkill.

Following graduation and licensure, students can enroll in PSU’s RN to BSN nursing program. Graduates from the School of Nursing will already have 30 college credits completed from PSU and they will be granted an additional 33 nursing portfolio credits based on their RN licensure. Students will go into PSU’s 120 credit BSN program with 63 credits already completed. Students can earn their BSN while working as a RN in the healthcare field. Often, the graduate’s employer will provide tuition reimbursement for the cost of the BSN courses.

Students can choose between various scheduling options at PSU:

Traditional Schedule: Classes are held at PSU Schuylkill. Courses are offered in fifteen week or seven-and-one-half week (hybrid) sessions, as well as on-line.

Accelerated Schedule: Classes are held all day on Fridays from 8AM to 8PM to fit the busy schedule of a working RN.

Graduates from the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing will need to complete 57 additional credits to earn a BSN degree:

Humanities (GH)

3 CR

Arts (GA) 

3 CR

Quantification (GQ)

3 CR

CHEM 101 (GN) - Introductory Chemistry

or CHEM 110 (GN) - Chemical Principles I OR CHEM 111 (GN)

3 CR

NURS 390 (US) - Transition and the Professional Nursing Role )

3 CR

NURS 357 - Introduction to the Nursing Informatics

3 CR

Elective

3 CR

STAT 200 (GQ) - Elementary Statistics

or STAT 250 (GQ) - Introduction to Biostatistics

3 CR

NURS 251 - Health Assessment

3 CR

NURS Elective

3 CR

Humanities (GH)

3 CR

NURS 417* (US;IL) - Family and Community Health Concepts

3 CR

Arts (GA)

3 CR

Elective

3 CR

NURS 200W - Understanding and Applying Nursing

3 CR

NURS 465* - Health Concepts for Adults with Complex Health Care

3 CR

ENGL 202A (GWS) - Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences

or ENGL 202B (GWS) - Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities

or ENGL 202C (GWS) - Effective Writing: Technical Writing

or ENGL 202D (GWS) - Effective Writing: Business Writing

3 CR

NURS 475* - Integrated Concepts in Nursing Practice

3 CR

NURS 400-level Elective

3 CR

*Courses that include clinical activities, RN licensure required

Additional information concerning the RN to BSN program can be found at: https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics/degrees/bacc-degrees/nursing