2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Programs and Courses > Nursing
College of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences
DeNike Center for Human Services
About the Program
The Department of Nursing offers a four-year program of study that leads to the bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (formerly NLNAC National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) and fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Upon completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure as a registered nurse, and is prepared to function as a generalist in professional nursing practice.
The graduate is also eligible for graduate study based on individual achievement.
The program involves a foundation of liberal arts education with basic preparation in professional nursing.
A capstone project and related clinical experiences at the end of the senior year facilitates a smooth transition from student to graduate role.
Registered nurse baccalaureate graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings, which may include hospitals, community agencies, and long-term care facilities.
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to:
The Nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition, the program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
The admission policies for the nursing program are consistent with the university policies found in the university catalog with the following exceptions:
Freshmen Admission Criteria
Consideration for admission is based on the following guidelines:
The Department of Nursing admits the majority of students as freshmen. Therefore, very few seats become available for transfer students. Admission for transfer students is very competitive; successful applicants often have 3.5 or higher GPA. Students who are currently East Stroudsburg University students are given preference for admission into the nursing program.
Other Transfer student criteria:
Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
Applicants and students enrolled in the Department of Nursing must possess the necessary behavioral, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, and communication skills to provide nursing care that is safe for the clients, for themselves, and for other healthcare providers. They must be able to provide safe nursing care in a wide variety of settings with diverse clients. Students must meet these core performance standards to qualify for and remain in the nursing program. Where possible, reasonable accommodations will be provided for those individuals with disabilities to enable them to meet these standards and ensure that students are not denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in this program. The core performance standards for this program are identified in the Undergraduate Catalog. (p.298)
Time Limit for Completing the Program of Study:
All requirements for the degree in the nursing program must be completed within seven years from the date students begin their studies. Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by the department if extenuating circumstances exist.
Academic Programs and Courses
Nursing R.N. to B.S.
Nursing: Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
NURS - Nursing Courses
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