Nursing – ACHIEVE

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (prelicensure, evening program) ACHIEVE

The ACHIEVE Program is the part-time evening/weekend program leading to the BSN degree. Students must have earned 58 credits in designated coursework prior to taking nursing major courses. In addition to these 58 credits, all students must take REL 100 Religion Matters. The curricular plan for ACHIEVE students is taught over nine continuous semesters once prerequisite courses are met. The 16 nursing courses are taught during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Didactic portions of the courses are taught in the evenings during the week. Clinical experiences are planned for day and evening weekend hours.

GPA Requirement for BSN 

Students will be admitted into the Nursing major in the sophomore year. In order to be formally accepted into the sophomore year and begin nursing major courses, the student must have earned the following:

  • At least 58 credits in the liberal arts and sciences 
  • A grade of “C” or higher in Developmental Psychology
  • An overall cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A Science GPA of 3.0, with completion of Chemistry (4cr), Microbiology (4cr), Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr), and Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr); no individual science course grade may be lower than a “C”; students may only repeat one science one time in order to achieve the required 3.0 GPA or required minimum course grade.
  • A min­imum of a grade of "C" in NUTR 165 Principles of Nutrition and HSC 217: Statistics for Health Professionals.
  • A score at or above the proficient category on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam 

Students should be aware that the grading system and requirements for a passing grade in the undergraduate nursing program as well as most programs within the School of Nursing and Health Scienc­es are different than those of the general University. Specific grad­ing scales are published in the SONHS Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks.

Additional Requirements

A cleared child abuse check, a cleared criminal record check from the state of Pennsylvania and primary residence state, a cleared FBI nationwide fingerprint check, and a negative urine drug screen.

Progression in the Nursing Program

Students in the nursing major must meet specific academic stan­dards for continued progression in the major. Students must main­tain a 2.75 semester GPA in nursing major courses in order to progress; if a student does not maintain the GPA, the student will no longer be permitted to progress in the nursing major. Students entering nursing major courses must also earn a min­imum of a grade of C in NUTR 165 Principles of Nutrition and HSC 217: Statistics for Health Professionals.

Why take this major?

Students earning a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree qualify to complete an application to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam). Once licensed as a Registered Nurse, a program graduate is prepared to provide holistic, professional nursing care to patients in a variety of health care settings including but not limited to acute and long-term care, occupational health, outpatient settings, rehabilitation centers, and a variety of community based agencies. Nursing professionals also seek career options in areas such as correctional facilities, education, pharmaceutical or medical device sales and in areas focused on informatics and technology applications. Nurses work in multidisciplinary teams to improve client outcomes in a diverse, global society ever mindful of cultural and lifespan considerations. Program graduates from La Salle University are prepared to advance the evidence base for nursing practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the student is prepared to:

  • Integrate liberal education as a basis for holistic nursing practice.
  • Exhibit leadership attributes to promote safe, quality care for diverse clients across a variety of settings.
  • Synthesize principles of evidence-based practice in the care of diverse clients across the lifespan.
  • Analyze data from information systems and health care technologies to promote safe, cost-effective, quality healthcare.
  • Practice as an advocate in complex health care delivery systems.
  • Communicate effectively as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team to promote optimal outcomes.
  • Engage in partnerships with diverse clients across the lifespan to promote health and prevent disease.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for caring, professional nursing practice.
  • Practice culturally congruent, holistic,client-centered nursing care to address complex needs of clients across the lifespan.

Program Contact Information

Patricia DiGiacomo, EdD, MSN, RNC
Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program,
St. Benilde Tower, #1107
digiacomop@lasalle.edu
(215) 951-1218


Sheila McLaughlin, MSN, RN
ACHIEVE Evening & Weekend and RN-BSN Program
St. Benilde Tower, # 1104
mclaughlins@lasalle.edu
(215) 951-1471

Degree Earned

B.S.N.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 16

Total: 35

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 62

Total: 123

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.75

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

NUTR 165 Principles of Nutrition

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

MTH 150: Math: Myths and Realities

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 154 Heathcare Informatics

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

COM 150 Presentation Skills

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

SOC 150 Principles of Sociology

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 35 courses in total in order to graduate. 16 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

Nursing Support Courses

4 credits: BIO 161 - Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credits: BIO 162 - Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credits: BIO 163 - Clinical Microbiology
4 credits: CHM 161 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences

3 credits:  HSC 217 - Statistics for the Health Professions

3 credits: PSY 155 - Introduction to Psychology
3 credits: PSY 210 - Developmental Psychology

Required Major Courses

NUR 201 - Pathophysiology
NUR 202 - Health Assessment
NUR 203 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
NUR 204 - Pharmacology
NUR 205 - Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
NUR 331 - Adult Health Nursing I: Care of the Client with Chronic Illness
NUR 332 - Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
NUR 333 - Family Nursing: Childbearing Families
NUR 334 - Genetics and Genomics
NUR 335 - Family Nursing: Childrearing Families
NUR 421 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
NUR 423 - Public Health/Vulnerable Populations
NUR 424 - Senior Seminar I - Synthesis of Clinical Concepts
NUR 425 - Adult Health Nursing II: Care of the Client with Acute and Complex Conditions
NUR 427 - Nursing Leadership and Management: Concepts and Practice
NUR 428 - Senior Seminar II - Synthesis of Clinical Concepts

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Sample Progress Chart for ACHIEVE Prelicensure Students

Fall 1 (7 credits)

Spring 1 (6 credits)

Summer 1 (6 credits)

3 credits: NUR 201 – Pathophysiology

4 credits: NUR 203– Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (3 didactic/1 clinical)

3 credits: NUR 202 – Health Assessment

3 credits: NUR 204 – Pharmacology

3 credits: REL 100 - Religion Matters (if not already completed)

6 credits: NUR 205 – Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (3 didactic/ 3 clinical credits)

Fall 2 (7 credits)

Spring 2 (7 credits)

Summer 2 (6 credits)

7 credits: NUR 331 – Adult Health Nursing I: Care of the Client with Chronic Illness (3 didactic//4 clinical credits)

3 credits: NUR 332 – Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

4 credits: NUR 333 – Family Nursing: Childbearing Families (2 didactic/2 clinical credits)

2 credits: NUR 334 – Genetics and Genomics

4 credits: NUR 335 – Family Nursing: Childrearing Families (2 didactic/2 clinical credits)

Fall 3 (6 credits)

Spring 3 (9 credits)

Summer 3 (8 credits)

5 credits: NUR 421 – Psych/Mental Health Nursing (3 didactic/2 clinical credits)

1 credits: NUR 424 – Senior Seminar I- Synthesis of Clinical Concepts

5 credits: NUR 423 – Public Health/Vulnerable Populations (3 didactic/2 clinical credits)

4 credits: NUR 427 – Nursing Leadership and Management: Concepts and Practice (2 didactic/2 clinical credits)

7 credits: NUR 425 – Adult Health Nursing II: Care of the Client with Acute and Complex Conditions (3 didactic/5 clinical credits)

1 credit:  NUR 428 – Senior Seminar II- Synthesis of Clinical Concepts

 

Course Descriptions

HSC 217 - Statistics for Health Science Profs

This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and data analysis. The elements of statistical thinking are presented as a means of using data for problem solving. Students apply statistical concepts to elementary data analysis using the statistical methods commonly used in health-care research. Examples of statisical applications in nursing and allied health research are provided. As part of this course, the students are introduced to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (IBM SPSS).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

ILO Met: ILO 3.1.b - Quantitative Reasoning

NUR 201 - Pathophysiology

This course applies knowledge from basic science courses to explore conditions of disrupted homeostasis and related disease processes within the major body systems. Students develop an understanding of the signs and symptoms associated with selected pathophysiological disruptions and adaptive human responses to health threats across the lifespan as a basis for determining nursing care needs.

 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BIO 161, 162, 163, and Chem 161

Corequisites: NUR 202 and NUR 203

NUR 202 - Health Assessment

This course focuses on the development of the theoretical and practical base necessary to assess the health status of clients across the life span and health care continuum. Students learn assessment of the healthy client. This course takes a holistic approach to the assessment of the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of clients.

 

Number of Credits: 3 (2 didactic/1 lab)

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BIO 161, 162, 163, and Chemistry 161

Corequisites: NUR 201 and NUR 203

NUR 203 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

In this course students examine professional values, standards, and guidelines as a basis for evidence-based nursing practice. Students apply the nursing process at a beginning level to clients in selected settings focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention education.

 

Number of Credits: 4 (3 credits didactic/1 credit clinical)

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BIO 161, 162, 163, Chemistry 161 and PSY 210

Corequisites: NUR 201 and NUR 202

NUR 204 - Pharmacology

This course examines pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of illness and in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. Pharmacotherapeutic aspects of client care are introduced and supported by evidenced based findings to improve client care. Emphasis is on principles of safe administration of medications and patient education for major drug classifications.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BIO 161, 162, 163, Chem 161, NUR 201, NUR 202, NUR 203

Corequisites: NUR 205

NUR 205 - Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

This course builds on the knowledge, skills, and values of professional nursing practice introduced in earlier courses. Students apply the nursing process in holistic plans of care for adult clients with the emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention strategies and QSEN competencies.

Number of Credits: 6 (3 didactic/3 clinical)

When Offered: Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: NUR 201, 202, 203, NUTR 165

Corequisites: NUR 204

NUR 331 - Adult Health I: Care of the Client with Chronic Illness

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to promote and restore health of chronically ill clients. Principles of rehabilitation and chronicity care are integrated into nursing care. Students increase their independence as a member of the nursing profession collaborating with the interprofessional team in a variety of settings

Number of Credits: 7 (3 didactic/4 clinical)

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: NUR 203, NUR 204, NUR 205

Corequisites: NUR 332

NUR 332 - Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice

This course promotes an understanding of the essential elements of the research process as applied in the development, appraisal, and dissemination of evidence to support clinical nursing practice. Students identify a problem in the nursing or client system and conduct a scholarly inquiry of published empirical literature. Emphasis is placed on the critique of nursing research and the use of evidence as a basis for practice.

 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: Courses permitting admission to the major; all 200-level Nursing major courses, ENG 110, ENG 210, HSC 217, MTH 150

Corequisites: NUR 331

NUR 333 - Family Nursing: Childbearing Families

This course focuses on the culturally competent, holistic, family-centered nursing care of the developing family unit. Students apply family and developmental theories to the care of childbearing families. Health promotion and health education are emphasized for diverse clients in a variety of settings.

Number of Credits: 4 (2 didactic/2 clinical)

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: NUR 331, NUR 332, PSY 155

Corequisites: NUR 334, NUR 335

NUR 334 - Genetics and Genomics

This course examines the influence of genetics and genomics on the continuum of health and illness for individuals and families across the life span. Through critical examination of exemplar cases, students explore the professional role and clinical competencies of the nurse in caring for clients facing the complex physiological, psychological, social, cultural, and ethical issues related to actual or potential genetic conditions.

Number of Credits: 2

When Offered: Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSC 154, COM 150, NUR 331, NUR 332,

Corequisites: NUR 333, NUR 335

NUR 335 - Family Nursing: Childrearing

This course focuses on culturally competent, holistic, family centered nursing care and application of the nursing process to promote and restore the health of children. Physiological and psychosocial alterations are explored from a systems perspective with special emphasis on the developmental and diverse needs of the infant, children and adolescents. The maintenance of health through the illness experience is emphasized with children and their families in secondary and tertiary settings.

Number of Credits: 4 (2 didactic/2 clinical)

When Offered: Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: PSY 155, NUR 331, NUR 332

Corequisites: NUR 333, NUR 334

NUR 421 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

This course examines theoretical principles and evidence-based practice standards employed in the holistic nursing care of diverse clients with psychiatric disorders. Students implement the nursing process in the context of client-centered, collaborative therapeutic interventions. The promotion of mental health and the restoration and maintenance of optimal health outcomes in clients with various psychiatric disorders are emphasized.

 

Number of Credits: 5 (3 didactic/2 clinical)

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: NUR 333, NUR 334, NUR 335

Corequisites: NUR 423, NUR 424

NUR 423 - Public Health Nursing

This course examines the various roles and essential competencies of the professional nurse in addressing population-focused and global public health issues. Students apply public health science, epidemiology, systems-level assessment, health policy development, and program planning in population based-nursing care. Strategies to promote health and prevent disease in diverse clients through collaborative efforts with multiple stakeholders are emphasized.

Number of Credits: 5 (3 didactic/2 clinical)

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: SOC 150, All 300-level Nursing major courses

Corequisites: NUR 421, NUR 424

NUR 424 - Senior Seminar I: Synthesis of Clinical Concepts

This course provides students an opportunity to review, examine, and synthesize concepts integral to providing safe quality nursing care to clients with prevalent chronic diseases and health conditions. Students develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate clinical competency as they synthesize information from the basic sciences and prior nursing courses into comprehensive client-centered plans of care.

Number of Credits: 1

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Hybrid

Prerequisites: All 300-level Nursing major courses

Corequisites: NUR 421, NUR 423

NUR 425 - Adult Health II: Care of the Client with Acute and Complex

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in the management of acute and complex health care needs of diverse adult clients. Students employ critical thinking and leadership skills to manage groups of acutely ill adult clients. Students gain confidence in role development as providers, designers, coordinators, and managers of client-centered care.

Number of Credits: 7 (3 didactic/4 clinical)

When Offered: Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: NUR 421, NUR 423, NUR 424

Corequisites: NUR 427, NUR 428

NUR 427 - Nursing Leadership and Management: Concepts and Practice

This course analyzes leadership roles and management functions of the professional nurse as provider and manager/coordinator of care for diverse clients within dynamic and complex healthcare delivery systems. Students practice decision-making skills and acquire leadership and management competencies to address nursing practice issues at an individual and organizational level.

Number of Credits: 4 (3 didactic/1 clinical)

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: Completion of all 300-level Nursing courses; NUR 421, NUR 423, NUR 424

Corequisites: NUR 425, NUR 428

NUR 428 - Senior Seminar II: Synthesis of Nursing Clinical Concepts

This course provides students with focused learning opportunities to review, examine, and synthesize theoretical and clinical knowledge from previous courses across the nursing curriculum. Through use of evidence-based assessments, students demonstrate mastery in the integration of clinical reasoning with professional role and clinical care concepts essential for the entry-level nurse to provide safe quality nursing care to diverse clients.

Number of Credits: 1

When Offered: Spring, Summer

How Offered: Hybrid

Prerequisites: NUR 421, NUR 423, NUR 424

Corequisites: NUR 425, NUR 427