Before beginning nursing major courses, the student must have earned at least 60 required credits in the liberal arts and sciences. There are a total of 70 credits required to fulfill the core curriculum. Science prerequisites include: anatomy and physiology I, anatomy and physiology II (courses have to be completed within the past 5 years), chemistry, and microbiology (courses have to be completed within the past 10 years). Nutrition, developmental psychology, and statistics are also required.
In addition to the aforementioned courses, other liberal arts prerequisites are also required. Included in this category are courses in: sociology, psychology, theology, philosophy, english, computers, history, literature, fine arts and electives. Click here to see a list of prerequisites.
Students must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 and a science G.P.A. of 3.0 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Chemistry). Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in developmental psychology and nutrition prior to admission. Students must have a minimum of an average score on the National League for Nursing Pre-Entrance RN Exam in each section and overall. For students who have previously attended any other nursing program, a letter of good standing from the director of that program is required. This letter is to be sent directly to the Undergraduate Nursing Program office. After having met the above criteria, the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee will review each student’s academic file for admission to the nursing major.
Students may repeat 1 science course 1 time only to earn the science G.P.A. of 3.0. Courses taken at La Salle University for which a student received a failing grade of “D” or “F” may not be repeated elsewhere. A student who withdrew from a course and received a “W” may repeat the course at another college or university with the approval of the Coordinator of the ACHIEVE. Students are permitted to change division one time only during their program of studies in the Undergraduate Program. This applies to a student who wishes to transfer from the Day Program to the ACHIEVE Program or from the ACHIEVE Program to the Day Program. Students must stay in their original cohort on the main campus or the Newtown Bucks-County campus. Students in the ACHIEVE Program must successfully complete each clinical course and pharmacology each semester before progressing to the next clinical semester in the program of studies.
Students should expect additional expenses while in the program, including books, uniforms, a clinical laboratory pack, stethoscope, watch with a second hand, public transportation or parking expenses, licensure, and NCLEX-RN fees. Students are expected to meet specific academic NCLEX-RN-related criteria in the senior year before licensure paperwork can be completed. It is strongly recommended that students take a NCLEX-RN Review Course before taking the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.