Additional Academic Information

Additional Academic Information

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Four-Year BS Program (RN4): Admission to the four-year bachelor's of science program is competitive. Applicants must be graduates of an approved secondary school with a minimum of 16 academic units including four years of English, three to four years of history/social science, three to four years of college preparatory mathematics, two years of lab science, and two years of foreign language. A high school chemistry course is strongly recommended. A High School Equivalency Diploma, with satisfactory scores, may also be accepted. Applicants must submit satisfactory scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board, a recommendation from a high school counselor and/or teacher, and a personal statement or essay. All regular admits (without previous experience) must meet the following criteria in order to be admitted to sophomore level nursing courses:

Successful completion of the following: 6 credits of English and Speech/Com (any combination), Biology 152 and Chemistry 101 (a grade of C or higher is required), University 101, NURS 110, and any remedial work that is required based on performance on placement exams.

All transfer students and Pace University students wishing to change their major to nursing must meet the following criteria in order to be admitted to the nursing major: a minimum CQPA of 3.0, successful completion of prerequisite science courses and psychology, and satisfactory achievement on the standardized entrance examination. Transfer applicants who have been academically successful in their nursing studies at another institution and wish to transfer to Pace LSN must provide letters of reference from a nursing faculty member and the dean/director of the schools they attended and these must be reviewed by the Department of Undergraduate Studies chairperson and/or associate dean prior to acceptance of the student. Transfer applicants who have earned less than a C+ in a nursing course at another institution will not be eligible for admission. Transfer students with 25 or more credits may be eligible to combine the first and second level nursing courses according to advisement by the Department of Undergraduate Studies Chairperson. Students admitted to Pace University who enroll in the Lienhard School of Nursing must submit a completed and approved Health Clearance Form, an Illness and Immunization Record, and current Professional Provider CPR certification approximately four weeks prior to the first clinical nursing course as described below in the “Health Requirements” section and in the Lienhard School of Nursing Student Handbook. Nursing students are also required to undergo background checks and a 10 panel drug screen as part of the clinical clearance process.

A minimum CQPA of 2.75 is needed to progress in the four-year BS program (RN4).


Combined Degree Program: Admission to the Combined Degree Program, BSN/MS (for non-nurse college graduates) is through the Graduate Admission Office. Applicants must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE or MAT and show satisfactory achievement in previous undergraduate work. Students must meet all entrance requirements of the Department of Graduate Studies (see Lienhard School of Nursing Graduate Catalog for admission requirements and course sequence). The BSN portion of the Combined Degree Program is an accelerated and intense curriculum. Students must maintain a CQPA of 3.0 for progression in and graduation from the program. Following the completion of the baccalaureate (BSN) content students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to become registered nurses. Students may immediately continue with graduate study.

Admission to the CDP program is highly competitive, and the deadline for the recipient of application with all credentials is approximately 90 days before the start date of the semester you wish to begin. Because class size is limited, however, applicants are encouraged to complete their application as early as possible.
  

TRANSFER CREDITS

Students may transfer up to 96 credits from a four-year college (or 68 from a two-year college) into the baccalaureate nursing program. Transfer credits may be awarded for approved courses taken at other universities in which a grade of C or better was earned or for successful completion of external examinations. The list of external examinations and equivalent courses may be obtained from the Office of Admission. Nursing students may receive credit for science courses taken at other institutions provided they are equivalent to Pace University courses and have been completed within the past seven years. Situations which involve science courses taken more than seven years ago, but no more than 10 years ago, must be reviewed by the appropriate science department chairperson before transfer credit will be granted. Science courses taken more than 10 years ago may not be transferred into nursing programs at Pace University. Students with a 3.0 CQPA may take graduate courses, of which 12 credits may be "double counted" for the BS and MS or MA.

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PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS

All new and transfer students and students changing their major to the RN4 track must adhere to the University Placement Examinations policy. Students who need remedial courses must take the remedial courses as either pre- or co-requisite with the first nursing course. All remedial work must be completed successfully before beginning the first clinical nursing course.

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ACADEMIC POLICIES

Students in the Bachelor of Science Program (RN4) must obtain a C (2.0) or better in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology and a C+ (2.75) or better in all nursing courses in order to progress in the program. Students in the Combined Degree Program must obtain a C (2.0) or better in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology, receive a C+ (2.75) in all nursing courses, and maintain a 3.0 CQPA in order to progress in and graduate from the program. Students in the RN4 nursing program may repeat a nursing course only once and may repeat no more than one nursing course throughout the program Students in the Combined Degree Program (CDP) are not allowed to repeat any nursing courses. Students must achieve a C+ (77%) grade in the theory and clinical portions of a course in order to pass a nursing course and progress in the nursing program. Students in the RN4 program and the CDP must pass a prerequisite clinical calculation examination for each nursing course with a clinical component. Failure in any portion of the clinical component of the course results in a failure in the entire course. Students who either fail a nursing course or do not take a nursing course for one or more semesters must file leave of absence and resumption of studies forms. Students will be allowed to register for a clinical nursing course on a space available basis with the signature of the chair.

Education regarding Child Abuse is provided to RN4 students at the sophomore level and to CDP students in their first semester clinical.  All students are referred to the LSN Student Handbook for all other academic policies including education about Child Abuse, Barrier Precaution and Infection Control.

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HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to and students in the Lienhard School of Nursing should be aware that health clearance, including a physical examination, is required approximately four weeks prior to beginning any clinical course, including those that meet in the Learning Resource Center as well as those in the clinical setting. It is the responsibility of each admitted student with a health problem to seek approval from the department chairperson prior to actual enrollment to ascertain whether he or she may participate in clinical practice. Further, an enrolled student who develops a health problem must also obtain such approval from his or her department chairperson. The foregoing approvals will be in writing from the chairperson.

Health clearance forms provided by the Lienhard School of Nursing must be on file prior to assignment to the first clinical experience and are valid for one year. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the health clearance forms from the Department of Undergraduate Studies. Additional requirements including but not limited to criminal background checks, health screening, drug testing and/or immunizations, may be required during the program in accordance with specific agency requirements. In order to participate in clinical practice, the student must be able to pass the health clearance requirement. He or she must be free from health impairment and/or habituation to alcohol or other drugs that may alter behavior and pose potential risk to patients or personnel or that may interfere with the performance of nursing responsibilities. Failure to submit a completed and approved Health Clearance Form and Illness and Immunization Record prevents the student from being admitted to the clinical laboratory experience. Registration in clinical laboratories will be automatically voided if the student's health clearance and/or supplemental agency requirements are not completed and on file four weeks prior to the first clinical laboratory each semester. If a health condition arises during the course of study that would in any way alter a student's ability to perform in the clinical setting, it is the student's responsibility to notify the faculty member immediately and submit health clearance prior to returning to class.. All students must provide evidence of current Professional Provider CPR certification to the LSN Office of Academic Affairs. All students are referred to the LSN Student Handbook for further clarification of the Health Clearance policy.

 

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FULL-TIME/PART-TIME STUDY

Students may progress through the programs on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time students in the RN-4 program may elect or be advised to take up to take the five-year program.

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CLINICAL LABORATORY

Nursing students must adhere to the attendance policy for clinical laboratory experiences. It is the student's responsibility to notify the clinical faculty member if he or she is absent. Absences are subject to the LSN Clinical Attendance Policy (see LSN Student Handbook). Transportation to all off-campus learning experiences is the responsibility of the student.

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UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE LIENHARD SCHOOL OF NURSING
All Lienhard School of Nursing undergraduate students are required to complete the University core curriculum according to the framework outlined below. Where indicated, specific courses must be completed to satisfy the core requirements. In those areas where no specific courses are listed, elective courses within the core area are to be taken. For individualized modifications, see the University Core Curriculum section in the catalog.

Required University Core Requirements (60 credits)  
 

Credits

Foundation Requirements (15-28 credits)  
Writing (6-10 credits)  

    ENG

110 (May be eligible to test out)   

3

    ENG

120 Critical Writing   

3

    ENG

201 Writing in the Discipline   

3

    COM

200 Public Speaking   

3


Second Language (0-6 credits)
 
    Refer to specific language requirements  

Mathematics

3

    MAT

134 Intro Probability and Statistics                                                                           

Computer Science
 

    CIS    

     

3


Science
 

    BIO

152 Anatomy and Physiology I   

4

    BIO

153 Anatomy and Physiology II   

4

   CHE

101 Introduction to Chemistry   

4

Areas of Knowledge (minimum 24 credits)  
Students may take only two courses containing the same disciplinary prefix in the Areas of Knowledge (AOK)  

Area I: Civic Engagement and Public Values
 
Nursing course designated as civic engagement  

Area II: Western Heritage (1-2 courses in TWO different disciplines)
 

Area III: World Traditions and Cultures (1-2 courses in different disciplines)
 
 

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ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

An academic/faculty advisor is assigned to each student upon matriculation into the nursing program. Students can find out who their faculty advisor is by looking at the advisement list posted on the bulletin board on the 3rd floor of Lienhard Hall in Pleasantville and New York. The student retains this advisor for the length of his/her course of study. It is the student’s responsibility to seek nursing faculty guidance throughout the program and to plan for meeting the prerequisites of the nursing courses. Students must meet with their advisors each semester prior to course registration. A departmental hold will be placed on the RN4 student’s registration status until the student meets with his/her advisor.