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Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing

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Curriculum

Year 1: Penn State, two 16-week semesters

Semester 1
Class Credits
BIO 129 4
SOCIOLOGY 001 3
ENGLISH 015 3
NUTRITION 251 3
HDFS 129 3
TOTAL: 16 credits

Semester 2
Class Credits
BIO 141 3
BIO 142 1
PSYCHOLOGY 100 3
CAS 100 3
MICRO 106 3
MICRO 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 hours
Clinical — 1 credit = 45 hours

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 hours
Clinical = 2 credits/90 hours

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

TOTAL: 8 credits

N-102 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
6 credits
Theory = 3 credits/45 hours
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hours

N-103: Pharmacology I
Theory = 2 credits/30 hours 

TOTAL: 8 credits

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

N-105: Pharmacology II
Theory = 2 credits/30 hours

TOTAL: 9 credits

Total Second Year Credits: 25

Year 3

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

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 hours
Clinical = 3 credits/135 hours (1/2 class)

Or

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

TOTAL: 8 credits

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

Or

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

TOTAL: 8 credits

N-300: Transition to Professional Nursing
8 credits
Theory = 3 credits/45 hours
Clinical = 5 credits/225 hours

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

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 hours per credit theory and 45 hours 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