Nursing Requirements

Pre-Licensure Program

First Year Students

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing may be completed within the traditional four year program, or, for motivated students, the Three-Year Degree Program.

Admissions Qualifications

Applicants to the nursing program should have a strong background in the sciences, preferably with four years of high school math and science and with a high school average of 87 or higher. Nursing applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores; successful candidates will have scores of 1050 (SAT) or 22-23 (ACT) or higher.

Pre-requisite and co-requisite courses:

  • Biology 206 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Biology 207 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Biology 210 – Basic Microbiology
  • Chemistry 105 – Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Psychology 301- Developmental Psychology
  • Math 108 – Statistics
  • Science 144 – Health Assessment
  • Biology 344 – Pathophysiology
  • Science 345 – Pharmacology
  • One approved ethics Course

Courses in the Major:

  • Nursing 134 – Foundations of Nursing Science
  • Nursing 234 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I
  • Nursing 333 – Gerontology
  • Nursing 334 – Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • Nursing 336 – Rural Health OR
  • Nursing 346 – Transcultural Nursing
  • Nursing 356 – Women’s Reproductive Health
  • Nursing 357 – Pediatric Nursing
  • Nursing 434 – Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing 441 – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing 443 – Community Health
  • Nursing 446 – Transition to Professional Practice I: Health Policy and Leadership
  • Nursing 448 – Intro to Research Methods and Design
  • Nursing 495 – Transition to Professional Practice II: Independent Practicum

The Three-Year Degree Program

The Three-Year Degree nursing major is designed to be completed in three academic years and one summer. This program dramatically reduces the cost of a private college education while enabling students in the program to take advantage of every opportunity offered in our traditional four-year program. Students complete 16-20 credits each semester, completing 40 credits each year.

Admissions Qualifications

Applicants to the nursing program should have a strong background in the sciences, preferably with four years of high school math and science, and a high school average of 87 or higher. Nursing applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores; successful candidates will have scores of 1050 (SAT) or 22-23 (ACT) or higher.

Applicants to the Three-Year Degree Program must sign a declaration of intent and provide a non-refundable $300 fee that is credited to the final tuition payment. 

Nursing: Three-Year Degree Curriculum

Fall January Spring Summer

Year 1

NURS 134 Foundations of Nursing Science
BIOL 206 Anatomy and Physiology I

CHEM 107 General Chemistry I

PSYC 301 Developmental Psychology

Elective(s)

Elective

SCIE 144 Health Assessment

BIOL 207 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 210 Microbiology of Disease

Approve ethics course

BIOL 344 Pathophysiology
NURS 234 Medical-Surgical Nursing I

Year 2

NURS 357 Pediatric Nursing 

SCIE 345 Pharmacology

MATH 108 Statistics

Elective(s)

NURS 336 Rural Health OR NURS 346 Transcultural Nursing

NURS 356 Women’s Reproductive Health

NURS 334 Medical-Surgical Nursing II

NURS 333 Gerontology

Elective(s)

 

Year 3

NURS 441 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

NURS 443 Community Health Nursing

NURS 448 Intro to Research Methods & Design

Elective(s)

NURS 446 Transition to Professional Practice I: Health Policy and Leadership

 

NURS 434 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

NURS 495: Transition to Professional Practice II: Independent Practicum

 

 

Transfer Students

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is an exciting program—and a challenging one. Successful applicants to the nursing program should have a strong background in the sciences as well as a competitive GPA at previous college(s).

 


Accelerated Summer Program

The Accelerated Summer Program is designed to attract students with previous college experience in another discipline to the nursing program at Hartwick College. Students applying to the Accelerated Summer Program (ASP) should have a strong background in the sciences, and must complete the following pre-requisites with a B- or better:

  •  Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs (4Cr each)
  • Chemistry with a lab (4 Cr) 
  • Microbiology with lab (4 Cr)
  • Developmental Psychology –Birth to Death (3Cr)
  • Pathophysiology (3Cr)

Eligible student will take the following three accelerated courses over the summer:

  • NURS 134 Foundations of Nursing Science (June)
  • SCIE 144 Health Assessment (July)
  • NURS 234: Medical-Surgical Nursing (July/August)

After successful completion of these courses, students start in the fall as juniors and may complete the program in two additional years. Students must meet all graduation requirements of the College in order to graduate; this includes achievement of Writing Level 4 (based on a placement test administered prior to the start of the fall semester).

More about the writing requirement.  


Rural Nursing Opportunities Program (RNOP)

Applicants to this 18-month accelerated program must have a solid academic record with cumulative GPA of 3.0. in nursing pre-requisites.  All nursing pre-requisites as well as all general education requirements must be completed prior to the start of the program.

Applicants must complete the admissions process and submit official high school transcripts, official transcripts from each college attended, as well as two character references.

All required health forms and documentation of the required current CPR certification (Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association) must be submitted by May 15. Applicants must be ready to begin classes at the end of May or beginning of June.

Students in the RNOP program complete sixteen nursing courses to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing. Courses are taught sequentially in 4-6 week blocks using a blend of face-to-face and distance, web-enhanced teaching. Lectures are held on two weekdays, and clinical/learning lab experiences are usually on Saturday and Sunday. Most lectures take place the afternoon/evening; summer classes are usually in the morning/afternoon (actual schedules may differ due to faculty and clinical needs).

Required Courses in the RNOP Program:

Nursing 134 – Foundations of Nursing Science (5 credits) 
Science 144 – Health Assessment (4 credits) 
Nursing 234 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I (5 credits) 
Science 345 – Pharmacology (3 credits)
Nursing 336 – Rural Health Nursing (4 credits)
Nursing 334 – Medical-Surgical Nursing II (5 credits)
Nursing 356 – Women’s Reproductive Health (5 credits)  
Nursing 333 – Gerontology (3 credits) 
Nursing 357 – Pediatric Nursing (5 credits)
Nursing 443 – Community Health Nursing (5 credits) 
Nursing 441 – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (5 credits) 
Nursing 448 – Intro to Research Methods and Design (3 credits) 
Nursing 490 – Thesis (3 credits)
Nursing 434 – Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (5 credits)  
Nursing 446 – Transition to Professional Practice I: Health Policy & Leadership (4 credits)
Nursing 495 – Transition to Professional Practice II: Independent Practicum (5 credits)

 

Nursing Pre-requisite Courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology: Birth to Death  (3 credits)
  • Pathophysiology  (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Additional General Education Requirements:

  • 3-6 credits of a foreign language
  • 6 credits in the social and behavioral sciences
  • 9 credits in the humanities

All students must attain Writing Level 4 at Hartwick College, based on a placement test administered prior to the start of the fall semester.

More about the writing requirement.

Refer to the course catalog for further information.


Estimated fees for RNOP 18-month nursing program:

Purpose

Cost

CPR Certification
(Renewal required every 2 years)

$35-$50

Medical Exam  & Immunizations
(required annually)

$0-$400

Professional liability insurance
(required annually; billed with tuition)

$20

ATI modules (billed with tuition)

$220 per module (4 modules)

Lab fees (billed with tuition)

$50 per clinical course (10 clinical courses)

Hartwick Clinical Kit

$160

NYSNA Infection Control and Child Abuse Courses

$25

Books & ExamSoft

$1000-$1900

Scrubs

$45-$60 per set

Nursing Pin

$50-$400

Background check: depending on requirements of Senior Independent Practicum site.

$15-$45

Drug Screening: depending on requirements of Senior Independent Practicum site.

$55-$65


 

Education Mobility Program

Nurses with an Associate degree in nursing who possess a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) may be accepted with advanced standing as candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Students in this program complete seven nursing courses as well as the liberal arts courses necessary to meet the Liberal Arts in Practice (general education) requirements of the College.


RN Mobility Program & Partnership for Nuring Opportunities Program (PNOP)

Nurses employed full-time at Bassett Medical Center who have an Associate degree in nursing as well as a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) may be accepted with advanced standing into the PNOP program. Students take one to three courses each semester, including summer classes as needed. Courses meet either at Bassett Medical Center or at the College. The employer pays tuition and fees in return for service.

More about PNOP.

 

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