Nursing

The Berkeley College School of Health Studies is committed to excellence in nursing education. Current programs prepare students to enter this rewarding, in-demand field and to enhance their skills and expand their career opportunities.

The Practical Nurse Certificate program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, which is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Students learn to provide basic medical care and perform administrative tasks. Graduates often begin careers in physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, or home healthcare settings.

The LPN to B.S.N. program is the only on-site LPN to B.S.N. program in New Jersey. Licensed, experienced LPNs can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). With advanced skills and training, graduates can qualify for higher-level positions and pursue graduate degrees.

8,300+

students, including more than 700 international students representing nearly 100 countries

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
LPN to B.S.N.

The only on-site LPN to B.S.N. program in New Jersey!

(LPN License Required)

The Berkeley College School of Health Studies now offers an LPN to B.S.N. program in which experienced LPNs can transition to the role of a baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates of the program are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, a B.S.N. can expand employment and earning opportunities. In fact, many hospitals and other healthcare facilities now require RNs to possess a B.S.N. The B.S.N. also prepares nurses to pursue graduate degrees.

Nurses with a B.S.N. are qualified to perform advanced tasks, including:

  • Developing nursing care treatment plans
  • Providing care to patients who are ill, injured, or suffering from other medical conditions
  • Providing support and education to patients and families
  • Supervising nurses and other professionals
  • Administering medications and injections
  • Assisting doctors during surgeries and other medical procedures

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and practice of clinical care
  • The practical experience of hands-on labs and faculty monitored clinical or job-related assignments
  • A supportive faculty selected on the basis of academic excellence and relevant professional experience in the nursing field
  • Eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and to apply for graduate programs in nursing

Applicants to the LPN to B.S.N. program must a) have completed an accredited Practical Nurse program in the United States, b) possess an unrestricted active or inactive practical nurse license, and c) have completed a minimum of 2,080 hours of work as an LPN within the last two years.

 This program is offered:
woodland park

B.S.N., LPN to B.S.N. 2016-2017 Course Requirements

LPN to B.S.N.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

 

Students accepted into the LPN to B.S.N. program will receive 30 credits for a) completing an accredited Practical Nurse program in the United States, b) possessing an unrestricted active or inactive practical nurse license, and c) completing a minimum of 2,080 hours of work as an LPN within the last two years.

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the introduction of research with an emphasis on its application in nursing practice. The steps of the research process for qualitative and quantitative design will be examined. Students will review and critique scholarly, peer-reviewed nursing and inter-professional research studies. Ethical implications of research and translational scholarship will be discussed.

Prerequisites: MAT2215, SCI2100, SCI2110, SCI2228, ENG2205

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI3310

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the transition of the Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse within the healthcare environment. The development of professional values, critical thinking, and clinical judgment will be emphasized. Integration of nursing theory and evidence-based practice into nursing care will be explored. Concepts of social, political, and economic influences on nursing practice will be examined. Legal issues, organ and tissue donation, the nurse practice act, concepts of leadership, and appropriate delegation will be introduced.

Prerequisites: MAT2215, SCI2100, SCI2110, SCI2228, ENG2205

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI3310

 


3 Credit Hours

Using didactic and simulated clinical experiences, skills needed to conduct comprehensive physical assessment for individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings are developed. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analysis, and the integration of systematic data collection for effective decision making in nursing practice. Use of evidence-based assessment tools for risk reduction is emphasized. A transcultural approach is used to assess the holistic human being.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR3310, NUR3320

 


3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on understanding the role of the professional nurse who cares for clients with mental health needs. Students will participate in clinical care of those in need of mental health services across a spectrum of care settings. Emphasis is placed on clinical judgment skills and professional values within a legal and ethical framework. Current issues in caring for individuals, families, and communities managing mental health challenges will be discussed. Topics may include, but are not limited to, abuse and neglect, chemical dependence, coping mechanisms, therapeutic communication, stress management, support systems, and cultural and religious influences.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This didactic and clinical course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in meeting the holistic health needs of the childbearing and childrearing family. The nursing process is utilized to provide family-centered psychosocial and culturally sensitive care. Topics include, but are not limited to, maternal health, newborn and pediatric assessment, and pediatric growth and development (well/ill care). Students are provided the opportunity to utilize an evidence-based approach to critical thinking and nursing practice in various healthcare settings.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This course explores management and leadership skills for the professional registered nurse in designing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating safe and quality healthcare. The role of the RN will be emphasized as a change agent and transformational leader. Students will demonstrate the application of nursing theory, evidence-based practice, information systems, problem solving, and effective communication strategies for best practices within a nursing organization.

Prerequisites: NUR3360, NUR4410, NUR4450

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the application of the nursing process for a vulnerable population or community group in the promotion and protection of public health using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management strategies. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action, and case management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care delivery to persons, families, and populations in community settings. The nurse’s role on the community health team and an understanding of healthcare needs of different cultural groups will be studied.

Prerequisites: NUR3360, NUR4410, NUR4450

 


3 Credit Hours

This course builds upon basic nursing knowledge of pharmacology. In-depth review of drug classifications will be emphasized. Students will apply critical thinking skills to the calculation and administration of medications. A case study approach will be used to focus on the nursing role of promoting safe, high-quality pharmacological care. Advance concepts such as chemotherapy, blood administration, and critical care medications will also be explored.

Prerequisite: NUR3330

 


3 Credit Hours

This didactic and clinical course builds on the basic concepts of critical care related to multi-organ/system function and dysfunction, requiring the development of critical thinking. Nursing care relating to physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure, end of life, and clinical management of the cardiovascular system, neurological system, pulmonary system, endocrine system, and renal system are addressed. Core concepts of complex pathophysiology, evidence-based treatment modalities, and advanced nursing roles are integrated in discussions of providing care to critically ill patients.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR4440

 


3 Credit Hours

Knowledge and skills from previous courses will be integrated into case studies and simulations focused on building critical thinking and clinical judgment. Individual student plans will be developed through testing to identify strengths and opportunities for learning. Test-taking strategies will be reviewed and utilized. Preparation for the transition to professional nursing practice will be emphasized.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR4420, NUR4430

 





SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the special senses.

 


1 Credit Hour

An introduction to the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology as explored through laboratory sessions. Laboratory activities coincide with lectures to enhance understanding of each topic by providing visual and hands-on experiments for the concepts learned in the lecture. Laboratory sessions include microscopy, dissections, and elementary physiological experiments. Among the topics considered are various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the general and special senses.

Corequisite: SCI1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI1100

 


1 Credit Hours

Continues the study of human anatomy and physiology through laboratory exploration. Laboratory activities coincide with lectures to enhance understanding of each topic by providing visual and hands-on experiments for the concepts learned in the lecture. Laboratory sessions include microscopy, dissections, and elementary physiological experiments. Among the topics covered are the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI1110

Corequisite: SCI2100

 


3 Credit Hours

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry for students in nursing and other health science programs. This course expands on foundational knowledge of physiological processes and treatment modalities in human beings. A case study approach will be integrated into the course.

Prerequisite: MAT2211

 


3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition and a foundation for wellness. Practical application of essential information and the interrelationships between nutrition, food, and the environment as they impact health status will be explored. Culture/religious beliefs, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and nutritional trends and how they influence the nutritional health of the person will be examined. The nutritional needs associated with obesity and eating disorders, enteral and parenteral nutrition, metabolic and respiratory stress, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, renal disorders, cancer, and HIV/ AIDS across the lifespan will be discussed.

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to solving problems by using geometric and algebraic approaches and appropriate technology. Topics include the Cartesian coordinate system, linear equations, absolute value, rational and exponential functions, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities, logarithms, and polynomials.

Prerequisite: CSK85 or placement-based score

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the traditional and changing family as a social institution with multicultural and crosscultural differences. Family roles and patterns are examined with emphasis on the forms they assume in different cultures and subcultures, including ethnic and class variations.

 


3 credits

English Elective


6 credits

Humanities Electives*


3 credits

Liberal Arts Elective


3 credits

Social Science Elective




30 credits

Credits Granted upon Acceptance into the LPN to B.S.N. Program



120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*Three credits of Humanities Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon certain health conditions or results of criminal background checks. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the LPN to B.S.N. program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional prior to participating in clinical rotations. Students enrolled in the LPN to B.S.N. program are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Extensive criminal background checks may be repeated after admission at the request of clinical facilities, and positive findings may prevent students from completing the clinical portion of the program and graduating. Health requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all Nursing (NUR) courses with a minimum grade of B. Graduates of the LPN to B.S.N. program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to work as a Registered Nurse (RN).

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $1,435.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bsn_lpn_to_bsn_nj_statistics_sem.htm.

 





Practical Nurse Certificate

Provide vital care to patients in need.

The Practical Nurse program provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as a Practical Nurse. Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Practical Nurses provide basic medical care, including:

  • Monitoring a patient’s health by checking vital signs
  • Administering wound care and inserting catheters
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Reporting a patient’s medical status to the registered nurse and/or physician
  • Maintaining patient health records
  • Collecting specimens

Practical Nurse graduates provide care to their patients in a variety of healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home healthcare settings.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of clinical nursing
  • Hands-on learning in on-site nursing laboratories that simulate various clinical environments
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of clinical rotations at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of New Jersey licensed Registered Nurse (RN) instructors

 This program is offered:
dover woodland park

Practical Nurse Certificate 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Practical Nurse
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the components of nursing and the application of techniques and procedures to provide care to patients. Topics include the nursing process; communication skills; legal and ethical aspects of nursing; physical and psychosocial development; health promotion; safety skills; infection control; basic normal assessment; pain management; and concepts of loss, grief, and death. Hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills are conducted in the nursing lab and in the clinical setting.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students study the different drug categories and the methods of administration, including oral and by injection. Includes the proper use of the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) and how to accurately read, prepare, and call in written prescriptions.

Prerequisite: SCI2215

Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR1100

 


8 Credit Hours

Students learn the concepts underlying health and wellness of individuals and families. Students will apply concepts to exemplars addressing basic nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, surgery, oxygenation, and the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, eye and ear, neurological and muscular systems. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1100, SCI2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


6 Credit Hours

Students explore special topics in nursing addressing the nursing process as applied to the provision of nursing care for individuals and families with mental health challenges, childbearing families, and children. Topics include anatomy and physiology, assessment, diseases and disorders, pharmacology, diet therapy, and special considerations across the life span. Students study the needs and care of patients from conception through childhood. Topics include conception, embryology, maternal and newborn health, nursing care from pre-conception to postpartum for childbearing families, reactions to hospitalization, childhood illnesses/disorders, outpatient settings, and federal legislation. Hands-on care and management of patients via the nursing process are conducted in the clinical setting. 

Prerequisites: NUR1100, SCI 2215, SOC2225, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.

 


10 Credit Hours

Students build upon concepts explored in Nursing Concepts I, including nutrition, fluid and electrolytes, and oxygenation. Students also learn about complex disease processes in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, muscular, and genitourinary systems. Students begin to explore immunological diseases such as HIV and concepts related to oncology. Direct clinical practice provides opportunities for students to demonstrate successful application of these concepts in a patient care setting.

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

 


6 Credit Hours

Students examine professional practice issues such as delegation and use of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation). Legal/ethical issues concerning clients’ rights, use of restraints/seclusion, and advance directives and palliative care are explored through case discussions, recent news events, practice updates, and legislative mandates. 

Prerequisites: NUR1300, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance

Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR1400, NUR2100

 




LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CORE COURSES



6 Credit Hours

Students are introduced to the various body systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy as well as microbiology.

 


3 Credit Hours

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 






50 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Practical Nurse program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional prior to participating in clinical rotations. Students enrolled in the Practical Nurse program are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Extensive criminal background checks may be repeated after admission at the request of clinical facilities, and positive findings may prevent students from completing the clinical portion of the program, graduating, and participating in certification exams. Health requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass all Nursing (NUR) courses, Life Sciences, and Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C+.

Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $740.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/practical_nurse_certificate_statistics_sem.htm.

Any required traditional textbooks and/or some required supplies are included as part of the charge for tuition and fees and will be distributed to students. Please note, however, that students have the right to obtain traditional textbooks, and/or certain required items, from other sources. Students who demonstrate that they have obtained required item(s) from another source may return the items distributed by the College and receive a refund of the amount charged by the College for the specific item.

 

 






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