Undergraduate Contact Information

Nursing Program

Dr. Dianne DeLong
Program Chairperson of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Nursing
Henderson Hall
2nd floor

Phone: (973) 290-4037
Email: ddelong@cse.edu

Overview & Mission

In the tradition of the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), the nursing program is committed to educating registered nurses to become leaders prepared to care for others through scholarship and critical inquiry. The nursing program fosters the development of leadership in students in a spirit of service and social responsibility to others. The nursing program prepares nurses to promote, maintain and restore health to patients in a variety of settings. The nursing program prepares students for continued lifelong learning.

The Program is designed to enable students to study on a part-time basis. Full-time study is available depending upon individual academic needs.

In addition to the classes on campus at the College of Saint Elizabeth, the program is offered at several off campus sites:

  • Atlantic Health System
  • Christ Hospital, Jersey City
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • St. Clare's Medical Center, Dover
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson

  • St. Joseph Hospital, Wayne
  • St. Mary's Hospital Passaic
  • Trinitas Hospital/Union County College
  • Valley Health System, Ridgewood

Most courses are generally scheduled in seven week sessions, and classes meet just once a week. Accelerated format requires independent work outside of class (Integrated Learning). Clinical work supplements class time and is selected by students in collaboration with supportive faculty to meet their educational and professional needs. Ordinarily a candidate for a degree must attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for the equivalent of three years of study. All of the nursing courses can be taken through part-time study and most are offered in an accelerated format.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing (124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-504-6430 and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate RN-BSN program in nursing are prepared to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences into professional nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate global awareness and culturally sensitive behaviors that create an environment of respect for the dignity of patients, families and others.
  3. Utilize interprofessional and intraprofessional methods of culturally sensitive communication to collaborate effectively in delivering safe patient care throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.
  4. Articulate a philosophy of nursing that guides one's practice as a leader, researcher, manager and provider of care.
  5. Utilize data, knowledge and technology effectively and ethically to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  6. Integrate scholarly inquiry and research into evidence-based practice.
  7. Perform competently and ethically to promote, maintain and restore health in communities, regions and populations.
  8. Integrate an understanding of health care policies, including financial and regulatory, into professional nursing practice.
  9. Assume a professional nursing leadership role that promotes quality nursing practice in the delivery of health services.
  10. Accept responsibility for lifelong learning to maintain up-to-date professional skills.

Graduates of the graduate MSN nurses are prepared to be socialized into the educator role in which they will:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines into the nurse educator role.
  2. Employ a variety of evolving technologies and modalities in the classroom and clinical setting to facilitate student/client learning
  3. Apply research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
  4. Design, analyze, implement and evaluate nursing curricula, clinical teaching and outcomes of educational programs using extant literature, research, theories, models and ethical and legal principles.
  5. Synthesize selected theories of teaching and learning grounded in educational theory and evidence-based teaching practices to prepare graduates for practice in a complex, dynamic health care environment.
  6. Promulgate research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
  7. Analyze trends and issues in nursing and health care, and exercise leadership in creating a preferred future for nursing education and practice.
  8. Integrate spiritual, social and ethical values and beliefs in the construction of a personal philosophy as a nurse educator.
  9. Design, implement and evaluate strategies that recognize the multicultural, gender and experiential influences on teaching and learning.
  10. Utilize knowledge and skills in the pursuit of doctoral study.


Our graduates are prepared as professional nurse generalists and leaders at the baccalaureate level providing a solid foundation for graduate study in nursing. Many of our graduates go on to receive their Master's Degree in nursing or related fields and others continue on for their doctorate. Our graduates have gone on to receive higher degrees from such places as:

  • Neumann College
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Villanova University

And can continue their graduate studies in nursing education at CSE. Many of our graduates have gone on for their graduate degree and have returned to teach at CSE as adjunct professors.

Nursing Program

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students enrolled prior to 2013 should consult previous college catalog for plan of study, course descriptions and graduation requirements.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students admitted 2013 forward

  • NURS310 Concepts and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS320 Communication Methods for Professional Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS330 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NURS340 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NURS350 Evidenced Based Research in Professional Nursing Practice* (3)
  • NURS400 Population Focused Community Health Nursing (5)


  • NURS410 Global Nursing (5)
  • NURS420 Strategies for Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice (capstone course) (5)
  • NURSXXX Nursing Electives (3)

*This course has a prerequisite of MATH 119

Total: 28 credits

Lower Division Requirements

  1. Thirty-four (34) credits are awarded to graduates of diploma programs.
  2. All nursing credits are transferred from Associate Degree in Nursing Programs.
  3. All nurses educated in a foreign country must have their education evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School for transfer of credits.

Related Requirements

  • FN201 Introductory Nutrition (3)
  • PHIL331 Ethics in Health Care (3)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (4)
  • CSE Essential Element III (4)

Total: 14 credits

Total credits required for graduation: 120 credits

Comprehensive Capstone Experience

Satisfactory attainment of the outcomes of each academic program is a degree requirement at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Nursing students meet this requirement by passing the comprehensive capstone experience and through meeting the requirements for NURS420 Strategies for Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice.

The Capstone Project provides the senior baccalaureate nursing student the opportunity to integrate concepts learned in previous courses in the design of a culminating interdisciplinary change project in a clinical setting of their choice. Students work individually or in small groups, collaborating with members of the health team to identify an opportunity for improvement in their healthcare organization. After completion of an organizational assessment, a thorough review of the literature and collection of evidence-based data, the student participates in the development and implementation of a systematic strategy for improvement and change. An oral and a poster presentation of the process of change, its results, and a self-assessment of the role as a leader, advocate and change agent is presented at the end of the semester to the college faculty, organization staff, and students. This project is used for the comprehensive exam.