Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog

Nursing, B.S. - Accelerated Second Degree

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Nursing, B.S.  (Traditional, 4 years)


The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide a rigorous professional education to a diverse population, built on a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, that prepares students for leadership roles at all levels of nursing practice. The Department is committed to supporting holistic growth, fostering strong ethical values, providing an environment of equity and inclusion, promoting personal integrity, and preparing students committed to social justice.

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing, B.S

Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may apply for admission to the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing. Students in the ASD program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of Nursing academic requirements. Graduates of the ASD program will then be eligible to take the National Council licensing examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX).

The baccalaureate degree in Nursing at the University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Program outcomes

The student will:

  1. Integrate the aesthetics and empirics of Nursing with the natural/behavior sciences, the humanities and interprofessional education to provide holistic care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in leadership that promote quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Implement an evidence-based and theoretically guided framework for Nursing practice including the five patterns of knowing in Nursing and transition theory.
  4. Utilize data from diverse sources with knowledge and skill in informatics and patient care technology to promote safety and optimal patient outcomes.
  5. Appraise and respond to the economic, legal, political and social issues that impact health and wellness of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  6. Communicate and collaborate with other members of the health care team to advocate for high quality and safe patient care.
  7. Deliver culturally appropriate Nursing care through health promotion and disease prevention to populations on a local and global level.
  8. Assume responsibility and accountability for ethical professional behavior and Nursing care.
  9. Demonstrate competent Nursing practice in diverse settings caring for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

Criteria for admission

Admission requirements: Selection and placement in any of the undergraduate Nursing programs is competitive and on a space-available basis. To register for Nursing courses and to be officially accepted into the Nursing major, students must fulfill prerequisite course requirements and meet the standards for academic performance required by the department of Nursing. The department reviews prospective applicants with the Office of Admissions. Applicants should contact the Office of Admissions for specific application deadlines.

Students are expected to apply to this program with the following completed:

  • B.S. or B.A. in a non-Nursing degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Grade of B- or above in all prerequisite science courses, which must have been taken within the past five years
  • Transfer student grades earned previously in Biology and Chemistry courses are assessed for their equivalencies by the ASD program director in consultation with the natural science faculty
  • Placement in this program is competitive, is available on a space-available basis and is completed in a continuous 15-month cycle

Students are expected to have completed these prerequisites (or their equivalents) along with one General Chemistry course (CHEM 175  with lab).
BIOL 241 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I  with lab
BIOL 242 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II  with lab
BIOL 301 - Microbiology  with lab
MATH 110 - Elementary Statistics  

Application requirements

  • Completed application submitted online at nursingcas.org or www.usj.edu/admissions

  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • Personal statement indicating interest in Nursing and strength of academic preparation for success
  • Letter of recommendation from previous employer or professor attesting to the candidate’s ability to do academic work
  • Students taking prerequisite courses when they apply must submit mid-semester grades and then the final transcript

Criteria for progression in the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program

All accelerated second-degree students who are admitted into the Nursing program must meet the requirements for continued progression in the program as noted below:

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing students are allowed to progress in the Nursing Program under the following criteria:

All grades in required nursing courses must be a B- or higher with the following exceptions:

  • Students may earn one C+ in a nursing course and progress without repeating the course.


  • Students may earn on grade below a C+ in nursing and will be eligible to repeat the course.
  • Only one grade below a B- in a nursing course will be allowed. A second grade in a nursing course below a B- will result in dismissal from the nursing program.


  • A student is allowed to withdraw only from one nursing course for academic reasons only. Withdrawals for non-academic reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to the above guidelines, students will be dismissed from the program under the following additional circumstances:

  • Failure to successfully remediate a Notification of Needs Improvement within the semester it is received.
  • Failure to pass the clinical experience will result in failure of the course, despite the grade earned for the classroom content.
  • Failure to pass a clinical experience will also result in dismissal from the program if this is the student’s second nursing course with an earned grade of C+ or less.

Once dismissed from the ASD nursing program, a student cannot apply for and will not be admitted or reinstated into any USJ pre-licensure nursing program.

Any student who withdraws from any Nursing course will be required to meet with his/her faculty advisor.

Health requirement

  • Physical examination and vaccination form upon entering the program, and every two years thereafter
  • Immunization against: Rubeola, Rubella (or titer), Mumps, Poliomyelitis; Tetanus booster within 10 years
  • Initial two-step Tuberculosis skin test 1-3 weeks apart, then annual updates while in the program
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or two vaccines
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Evidence of health insurance, submitted every semester
  • Influenza vaccine yearly per due date set by the Nursing department
  • Covid vaccine: documentation of the required number of boosters as defined by agency policies

Uniforms and equipment for clinical experiences

Students are responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and several specific items of equipment necessary for clinical experience. Students are also responsible for arranging their own transportation to clinical agencies. For details regarding these requirements, see the Student Handbook for Nursing Majors.

Criminal background investigation and drug screening

All undergraduates must have a Criminal Background Investigation and drug testing completed and on file prior to the start of the first clinical course NURS 220. A letter will be provided to each student accepted into the major with instructions. The background check may need to be updated throughout the program.

CPR course requirement

All students are required to provide evidence of completion of the American Heart Association CPR for health care providers prior to the start of the first clinical course; NURS 220.


State law on Nursing licensure

Regarding eligibility for licensure as a professional nurse at the completion of the educational program in nursing, Public Act 86-365, an Act Concerning the Licensure and Discipline of Health Care Professionals Regulated by the Department of Health Services (July 1, 1986), allows the State Department of Health Services to perform the following functions:

  • To determine the eligibility of any applicant for licensure, registration, certification, or a permit

  • To deny any applicant’s eligibility for a permit or licensure by examination, endorsement, reciprocity, or for the reinstatement of a voided license if the Department of Health Services determines that such applicant has committed or has been found guilty of committing acts which are contrary to public health and safety 

  • The Department of Health Services has authority to deny nursing licensure to an individual who has committed or been found guilty of committing a felony or an act that does not conform to the accepted standards of the nursing profession. This would apply whether the individual is seeking licensure by examination or endorsement

The Department of Health Services has the discretionary power to determine whether Public Act 86-365 applies to the individual applying for licensure. Individuals seeking licensure would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Some factors that could be considered by the Department of Health Services in reviewing licensure applications are:

  • The nature of the act and its relationship to professional practice

  • The time frame in which the act was committed

  • The extent of rehabilitation demonstrated by the applicant

Note:  This information pertains to Connecticut. Please check with the state in which you wish to be licensed, as requirements vary.

Nursing comprehensive exam

Nursing students meet this graduation requirement when they successfully complete the ATI Nursing Comprehensive Predictor examination and remediation as defined by the Department of Nursing.


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