College of Saint Elizabeth Nursing Program Review


The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) was established in 1899 by the sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as a women’s college. The college remained a women’s college until 1976 when it established an evening program that would cater for working students including male students.  To this date, the college is strongly affiliated to the Catholic Church and this depicted by its highest administrators; all presidents have been of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth. However, even after allowing male students, some programs in the college are open to women only.

Nursing Programs at the College of St. Elizabeth

The college of St Elizabeth offers both undergraduate and graduate level nursing programs. The undergraduate program is a completion track that enables registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Nursing Education is the only specialty option offered and has two entry options. There is also a post-master’s certificate program on the same. Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

B.S in nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) offered at College of St. Elizabeth is a completion program designed for registered nurses (RN).  Candidates must have active and current registered nurse licenses for New Jersey to be allowed to apply. Candidate without active licenses for the last five years may be warranted to successfully complete a nurse refresher course if they are to be accepted into the program.

Students are admitted as cohorts and continue as so throughout the program. Students must also maintain their RN licenses to be allowed to progress through. RNs who graduated from diploma programs are able to transfer up-to 34 nursing credits to the BSN.  On the other hand, associate degree RNs graduates transfer all their associate credits and if applicable, students can transfer up-to 96 credits.

At the senior year, RNs must take and successfully complete a capstone project in their clinical setting of choice. After successful completion of the appropriate coursework totaling to 128 credits, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

M.S Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is also a cohort based Co-ed program designed for BSN-prepared RNs and RNs with baccalaureate degrees other than nursing. The curriculum consists of 37 credits that culminate in a Nurse Educator MSN specialty.  Coursework is offered both on campus and off-campus for selected courses. Generally, it takes 2 years of full time and 3 years of part time study plans to complete the required coursework

Bridge to MSN for RN with Non-nursing Bachelors Degree

As mentioned earlier, this option is designed for diploma or associate RNs who have another Bachelor degree other than nursing. Such candidates need to have graduated from a nationally accredited baccalaureate program besides having a current RN license for New Jersey.

After admission, such RNs become designated as Provisional MSN students until they complete MSN Bridge courses. 2 MSN Bridge courses translating to 8 credit hours must be successfully completed for the provisional status to be dropped and to allow them to enter the MSN Nursing Education program.

Post-Master’s Nurse Education Certificate Program

This program is meant for MSN or Doctorates prepared RNs to complete a 12-credit curriculum to facilitate certification as Nurse Educators. The coursework can be completed in either part time or full time study plans.

Contact:
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Rd, Morristown,
NJ 07960

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