School of Nursing

Upper Division RN to BSN Program

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Application Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The selection process is completed within one week of Graduate Admissions receipt of all required documentation.

Classes start on Tuesday, September 6th.

Requirements for Nursing Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nine of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

PS-151Introduction to Psychology 13
PS-235Life Span Development3
PS-200Statistics and Research Methods 23
or SO-448 Statistics in the Social Sciences
BI-161Basic Microbiology4
BI-161LBasic Microbiology Lab0
BI-171Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BI-171LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab0
BI-172Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI-172LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab0
SO-121Introduction to Sociology 33
Transfer credit for lower-division nursion courses30
Upper division nursing courses (31 credits)
NU-302Seminar in Professional Nursing2
NU-310Health Assessment4
NU-330Care of Families and Aggregates4
NU-350Trends and Issues in Nursing2
NU-390Introduction to Nursing Research3
NU-420Community Health Nursing4
NU-440Leadership and Management in Nursing4
NU-450Nurse/Client Educator2
NU-452Women's Health Issues3
Total Credits85

May count towards the Core Natural Science Requirement.


 May count towards the Core Mathematics Requirement.


May count towards the Core Social Science Requirement.

Special Note on Core Requirements

The Mathematics and Natural Science Core Requirements are satisfied as indicated above. The remainder of the Core Requirements are satisfied by the following courses:

AR-127Introduction to the Visual Arts3
or AR-128 Introduction to Music
CM-120English Composition (or equivalent English Composition II)3
EL-123Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama3
HS-121The Western Tradition3
HS-122World Perspectives in History3
or HS-123 Special Topics in History
Modern Languaage3
PL-100Introduction to Philosophy I3
PL-101Introduction to Philosophy II3
TH-110Religious Faith in the Modern World3
TH-120Intro to the Study of Christianity3
Select one of the following3
Macroeconomic Principles
Perspectives on Politics
The Contemporary City
Total Credits36

Special Notes on Major Requirements


Applicants wanting to major in nursing may have up to 30 credits in basic nursing transferred in to satisfy the lower division nursing requirement. These credits will be transferred in from diploma and associate degree nursing programs accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission upon successful matriculation into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.


Applicants who have earned their nursing diploma and/or degree from institutions outside the United States must submit official course by course Degree Evaluations (with an English translation). The BSN program will only accept evaluations prepared by the World Education Service, Inc. (WES). The 30 credits in basic nursing will be transferred in upon successful matriculation into the BSN Program


The required science courses, regardless of date taken, may be transferred as long as they were taken for college credit and grades of at least a C earned for these courses.


NU-302 Seminar in Professional Nursing must be taken either before or concurrently with NU-310 Health Assessment Across the Life Span.


A grade of 78 is required in all nursing courses. Any nursing course in which the grade is below 78 must be repeated. If the course is repeated and the grade is below 78, this will be considered a failure for the course and the student will be dismissed from the program. Failure of a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the program. The clinical practica of nursing courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. If the student fails the clinical component, he or she fails the entire course regardless of the grade average in the didactic component and a grade of C- will be recorded on the student’s transcript.


If a student enrolls in a nursing course and withdraws, this will count as the first attempt in the nursing course and the student must achieve a grade of 78 or higher the next time the student enrolls for that same course.


The theoretical application for upper division nursing courses have assignments that are incorporated into the grading for the course. Assignments may include but are not limited to: change projects for the specific unit following an assessment of that environment; observation of family dynamics with resulting diagnoses and plan for appropriate interventions with evaluation;  and windshield survey with community education project and followup to name just a few examples. 

Clinical Requirements

All clinical requirements must be satisfactorily completed before students will be allowed into any application / observation setting. At present, they include the following but are subject to change depending on regulations mandated by the agencies and/or their accrediting bodies.


Current NJ Nursing License 


Actual titer reports for rubella, rubeola, varicella, mumps showing immunity.


Proof of Hepatitis B immunity, vaccine (strongly recommended), or signed waiver.


Negative Mantoux within the past 6 months or if positive Mantoux history, chest x-ray negative for tuberculosis within one (1) year.


Health Examination - All nursing students must submit a completed copy of the BSN Health Profile. Applicants to the nursing major must be aware that health clearance will be required prior to the start of every clinical nursing course. Health Profiles are valid for one year. The Health Profile form is available in the School of Nursing Office.


Liability Insurance - All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must also provide evidence of liability insurance. Application forms and information can be obtained from the School of Nursing.


CPR Certification - All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must provide evidence of American Heart Association CPR Certification for infant, child and adult, BLS for Health Care Providers.


Criminal Background Checks - Clinical agencies mandate criminal history background checks for all individuals engaged in patient care and all students must undergo these checks. (Nursing students with a valid NJ Nursing License are not required to undergo additional drug testing.) These checks are conducted by a consumer reporting agency and the information is sent to the University and to clinical agencies. Agency personnel will evaluate the information they receive and, in their sole discretion, make the final determination as to each student’s ability to continue to engage in patient care in their agency. If a student is denied clinical placement by any clinical agency due to criminal history that student will be dismissed from the program. The School of Nursing will provide students with the form entitled: Request, Authorization, Consent and Release for Information Form by the School of Nursing.


Clinical Experiences - The time, place, and nature of theoretical application varies depending on the learning outcomes of the specific class and student interest. Students are expected to arrange their own transportation for these learning experiences.  Some may be scheduled as a result of external determinants and students may need to be flexible with their own time commitments.

CCNE accredited

The baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in nursing at Saint Peter’s University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (