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Curriculum

Curriculum Plan 

Year 1: Penn State — 2 (16-week) semesters 
Total Credits Year 1 = 30

Class Credits
BIO 129 4
SOCIOLOGY 001 3
ENGLISH 015 3
NUTRITION 251 3
HDFS 129 3
TOTAL 16 credits
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
Total Credits Year 2 = 25

Term I - 12 weeks = 8 credits
Aug.-Nov.:
1 week break between semesters
Term II - 12 weeks = 8 credits
Nov. - Feb.:
2 week Christmas break and
1 week between semesters
Term III - 12 weeks = 9 credits
March - May
N-100: Principles of Nursing
7 credits
Theory = 5 (75 hours)
Clinical = 2 (90 hours)

N-101: Physical Assessment
1 credit
Theory/lab = 15 hours
N-102 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
6 credits
Theory = 3 credits (45 hours)
Clinical = 3 credits (135 hours)

N-103: Pharmacology I
2 credits
Theory = 30 hours
N-104: Medical-Surgical Nursing II
7 credits
Theory = 3 credits (45 hours)
Clinical = 4 credits (180 hours)

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

 

Year 3: Theory — 1 credit= 15 hours; Clinical — 1 credit = 45 hours
Total Credits Year 3 =25

Term I - 12 weeks = 8 credits
Aug.-Nov.:
1 week break between semesters
Term II - 12 weeks = 8 credits
Nov.-Feb.: 2 week Christmas break and
1 week between semesters
Term III - 12 weeks = 9 credits
March - May
Graduation - May
N-200: Medical-Surgical Nursing III/Community Health*
8 credits
Theory = 5 credits (175 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 (175 hours)
Clinical = 3 credits(135 hours)
N-200: Medical-Surgical Nursing III/Community Health*
8 credits
Class = 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 class)
Theory = 5 credits (175 hours)
Clinical = 3 credits (135 hours)
N-300: Transition to Professional Nursing
8 credits
Class = 3 credits (45 hours)
Clinical = 5 credits (225 hours)

N-301: Professional Issues and Preparation for Nursing Practice
1 credit
Class = 1 credit (15 hours)
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 The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN):  3343 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or at www.acenursing.org.  Phone 404-975-5000.