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.
Graduates of the undergraduate RN-BSN program in nursing are prepared to:
- Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences into professional nursing practice.
- Demonstrate global awareness and culturally sensitive behaviors that create an environment of respect for the dignity of patients, families and others.
- 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.
- Articulate a philosophy of nursing that guides one's practice as a leader, researcher, manager and provider of care.
- Utilize data, knowledge and technology effectively and ethically to achieve desired patient outcomes.
- Integrate scholarly inquiry and research into evidence-based practice.
- Perform competently and ethically to promote, maintain and restore health in communities, regions and populations.
- Integrate an understanding of health care policies, including financial and regulatory, into professional nursing practice.
- Assume a professional nursing leadership role that promotes quality nursing practice in the delivery of health services.
- 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:
- Integrate advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines into the nurse educator role.
- Employ a variety of evolving technologies and modalities in the classroom and clinical setting to facilitate student/client learning
- Apply research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
- 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.
- 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.
- Promulgate research findings in the development of evidence-based nursing practice.
- Analyze trends and issues in nursing and health care, and exercise leadership in creating a preferred future for nursing education and practice.
- Integrate spiritual, social and ethical values and beliefs in the construction of a personal philosophy as a nurse educator.
- Design, implement and evaluate strategies that recognize the multicultural, gender and experiential influences on teaching and learning.
- 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.
Requirements for the Post Master of Science in Nurse Education Certificate
The post-master's certificate program in Nursing Education is intended for the registered nurse with a previous Master's in Nursing Degree or Doctoral Degree who wishes to acquire the knowledge and skills for specialization in the role of the nurse educator in a diverse variety of settings, including but not limited to health care agencies, technical schools, and schools of nursing (associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral). The post-master's certificate program is comprised of 12 credits of study, distributed over four (4) courses. Foundational theoretical content includes: nurse educator role development, educational test and measurements, educational learning theories, pedagogical strategies, curriculum development and evaluation, ethics, educational research, and educational leadership. Practical knowledge development of 90 hours is facilitated through the educational teaching practicum in a variety of settings through the implementation of diverse delivery models inclusive of technological pedagogies. Applicants may elect to complete the certificate on a full-time or part-time plan of study.
Applicants must complete the following prerequisites before admission to the program:
- Have completed a Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) in a major other than in the nurse educator role and awarded from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nursing.
- Current resume or CV
- Current licensure as RN in State of New Jersey
- Two years professional nursing practice experience in the last five years
- Meet health requirements of the Nursing Program
- A personal interview may be required
- Applicants who are not native English speakers must have earned a MSN from a college/university where English is the language of instruction or must score 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Programs and courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation.’
- NURS635 Curriculum and Program Development and Evaluation
- NURS640 Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
- NURS645 Pedagogical Strategies in Nursing Education
- NURS650 Seminar and Practicum in Nursing Education
Total: 12 credits