Nursing

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (prelicensure, day program) 

The traditional, day program is a full-time course of study leading to the BSN degree. Students must have earned 34 credits in a prescribed curriculum composed of core and support courses prior to taking nursing major courses in the sophomore level. The 16 nursing courses are taught during the fall and spring sessions. Didactic portions of the courses are taught during the day and clinical experiences are planned for daytime as well as evening hours.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at La Salle University is accredited by
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001,
202-887-6791.

The undergraduate nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Clinical Experiences

The undergraduate nursing program of La Salle University's School of Nursing and Health Sciences has established strong ties with a number of senior centers, adult day care centers, hospitals and other health-care facilities within Philadelphia and surrounding areas (including Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware Counties as well as New Jersey). Clinical experiences associated with coursework may be assigned at institutions such as Abington Memorial Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Care, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Cooper Medical Center, Doylestown Hospital,  Friends Hospital, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center, Jefferson Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital,  Lankenau Hospital,  Paoli Hospital,  Presbyterian Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center, Temple University Hospital, and various public, parochial, and private schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. 

Students are responsible for their own means of transportation to and from clinical sites.

Requirements to Progress to Graduation

Progression in the Nursing Major

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.  Students must also earn a minimum of a grade of C in NUTR 165 Principles of Nutrition and HSC 217 Statistics for Health Professionals.

Requirements for Graduation

In order to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, all students must fulfill requirements for graduation as outlined in the Undergraduate Nursing Program Student Handbook. These requirements include:

  • completion of an approved, formal, face-to-face NCLEX-RN® review course at the end of the curriculum plan; and
  • satisfactory completion of all core and major courses, including NUR 428 Senior Seminar II - Synthesis of Clinical Concepts. As a major nursing course, NUR 428 has as a course requirement, student attainment of a set benchmark score on a standardized predictor examination. 

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 34 required La Salle University credits in the liberal arts and sciences (full-time day program) 
  • 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 score at or above the proficient category on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam (Undeclared Health Science majors only – this will be taken in the spring of the freshman year).

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

Before sophomore year, clearances must be obtained.  These include 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.

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

Pat DiGiacomo, EdD, MSN, RNC
Chair UG Nursing Program, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde Tower, rm #1107

digiacomop@lasalle.edu

215-951-1218

 

Shira Powell

Undergraduate Nursing, Administrative Assistant 

St. Benilde Tower, rm. #1112

powells@lasalle.edu

215-951-1944

Degree Earned

BSN

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 - Mathematics: Myths and Realities

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 154 - Health Care 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 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

Nursing Support Courses

BIO 161 - Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 162 - Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 163 - Clinical Microbiology
CHM 161 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences
HSC 217 - Statistics for the Health Science Professionals
PSY 155 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY 210 - Developmental Psychology

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.

Freshman Year

Fall  17 credits 

  • 3 cr: ENG 110 (ILO 8.1b) College Writing I or COM 150 Presentation Skills
  • 3 cr: FYS 130 or 132  (ILO 1.1) First Year Seminar
  • 4 cr: CHM 161 (ILO 3.1a) Chem of Life Sciences or BIO 163 Clinical Microbiology
  • 4 cr: BIO 161 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • 3 cr: PSY 155 Intro to Psychology

Spring  17 credits

  • 3 cr: COM 150 (ILO 8.1a and 12.1) Presentation Skills or ENG 110 College Writing I
  • 3 cr: MTH 150 Math: Myths & Realities
  •  4 cr: CHM 161 (ILO 3.1a) Chem of Life Sciences or BIO 163 Clinical Microbiology
  • 4 cr: BIO 162 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 3 cr: PSY 210 Developmental Psychology

Sophomore Year

Fall  16 credits

  • 3 cr: NUTR 165 (ILO 3.1a) Nutrition
  • 3 cr: ENG 210 (ILO 5.1) College Writing II
  • 3 cr: NUR 201 Pathophysiology
  • 3 cr: NUR 202 Health Assessment
  • 4 cr: NUR 203 Intro to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Health Literacy or Financial Literacy Module

Spring 15 credits

  • 3 cr: HSC 217 (ILO 3.1b) Stats for Hlth Sci Profs
  • 3 cr: CSC 154 (ILO 6.1) Healthcare Informatics
  • 3 cr: NUR 204 Pharmacology
  • 6 cr: NUR 205 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
  •  Health Literacy or Financial Literacy Module

Junior Year

Fall  16 credits

  • 3 cr: SOC 150 (ILO 4.1) Prin of Sociology
  • 3 cr: REL 100 (ILO 2.1) Religion Matters
  • 7 cr: NUR 331 Adult Health Nursing I
  • 3 cr: NUR 332 Intro to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

Spring  16 credits

  • 3 cr: Student’s choice to fulfill ILO 9.1 Creative and Artistic Expression
  • 3 cr: Student’s choice to fulfill ILO 10.1 Ethical Understanding and Reasoning
  • 4 cr: NUR 333 Family Nursing: Childbearing Families
  • 2 cr: NUR 334 Genetics and Genomics
  • 4 cr: NUR 335 Family Nursing: Childrearing Families

Senior Year 

Fall  14 credits

  • 3 cr: Student’s choice to fulfill ILO 11.1 Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity
  • 5 cr: NUR 421 Psych/ Mental Health Nursing
  • 5 cr: NUR 423 Public Health / Vulnerable Populations
  • 1 cr: NUR 424 Senior Seminar I: Synthesis of Clinical Concepts

Spring 12 credits

  • 7 cr: NUR 425 Adult Health Nursing II
  • 4 cr: NUR 427 Nursing Leadership and Management
  • 1 cr: NUR 428 Senior Seminar II: Synthesis of Clinical

 

Total Clinical Hours: 924                          Total Credits:  123

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