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Nursing Program and Requirements

About the Program: 

Nursing is a dynamic profession that requires intelligence, hard work and critical thinking skills. However, it is often the simple desire to care for people that leads one to choose a nursing career.

Should you decide to enter the nursing profession or further your education beyond your current R.N. license, you will have a wide variety of career options to choose from. Perhaps you will enter a fast-paced specialty, such as ER or intensive-care nursing. Perhaps the more predictable nature of a doctor’s office appeals to you. You might choose to work with paraplegics, cardiac patients or newborns or possibly pursue a graduate degree with the goal of being an educator.

Admission to Bloomfield College’s Nursing program occurs only in the fall semester, and the deadline to apply is May 1st (pending completion of ALL pre-requisites* and the entrance exam) . Please note that you must complete all seven pre-requisite courses listed below, have taken the ATI TEAS Exam, and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, to be considered for admission as a Pre-Nursing student. Students who achieve the minimum score range on the ATI TEAS Exam are ranked from highest to lowest  for consideration into the program. Students are only permitted to take the exam two times, and the college takes the highest score.

* Bloomfield College Nursing Pre-Requisites (all with minimum grade of C):
1. WRT 105 (Enhanced Analytic and Argumentative Writing) or WRT 106 (Analytic and Argumentative Writing)
2. WRT 107 (Synthesis and Research Writing)
3. MTH 130 (Transition to Collegiate Mathematics)
4. MTH 140/141 (College Algebra-Enhanced / College Algebra)
5. BIO 205 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
6. BIO 206 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
7. NUR 105 (Nutrition)

Upon completion of the seven pre-requisites nursing applicants will need to take the ATI TEAS Exam (Test for Essential Academic Skills) that is offered to accepted students at Bloomfield College twice a year. Once the scores are determined, the Nursing Department and Advisors will meet in June to select the students to fill the available openings.

For more information and/or questions, please contact 973-748-9000 ext. 1230 to speak with an admission counselor.

The Nursing major grade requirements are:

  1. All major and required courses MUST have a grade of “C” or better.
  2. Students may not progress into any NUR course unless the prerequisite courses have been passed with a grade of “C” or better.

*Includes clinical component. Students are responsible for own transportation to clinical
sites. Some community-based clinicals require own vehicle for visiting nurse/home
care experiences.

Criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major
Admission to the nursing major formally begins with entry into NUR 215 Foundations of Professional Practice. In order to qualify for the major, all students must have completed the following requirements:

  1. GPA of 2.5 required to enter the major.
  2. The following seven courses:WRT 106,WRT 107,MTH 103,MTH 105, BIO 205, BIO 206, and NUR 105, all with minimum grade of C.
  3. A student who repeats more than three of the required courses (WRT 106,WRT 107,MTH 103,MTH 105, BIO 205, BIO 206, and NUR 105) cannot enter the major.
  4. A pre-entry standardized examination is required for admission into the nursing major. The examination must be taken in the semester prior to admission into NUR 215. The standardized examination may only be repeated once. The selection process is competitive and may result in students being placed on a waiting list for admission into the major.

Criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major for College Transfer Students
Students may transfer course credits from other colleges or universities. The following stipulations apply:

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  2. Transfer of nursing courses subject to evaluation by the Division of Nursing. Transfer of non-nursing courses subject to College policy.
  3. Refer to criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major in 2, 3, & 4.

Additional Requirements for the Nursing Major

  1. Health clearance must be obtained from the College Health Service every year. Students are not eligible to participate in clinical nursing experiences if health requirements are not met.
  2. Students enrolled in clinical courses must provide evidence of current American Heart Association CPR certification.
  3. All Nursing students are required to have criminal history background checks.* Clinical agencies accredited by JCAHO require criminal background checks for all individuals engaged in patient care. If a student is denied clinical placement by any clinical agency due to criminal history information, that student will be withdrawn from the Nursing major.

* Additional fees may be required.

Requirements for Progression in the Nursing Major

Students may progress to successive courses based upon their ability to demonstrate:

  1. Satisfactory academic achievement of grades of C or better in nursing courses.
  2. Satisfactory completion of clinical objectives as measured by the clinical evaluation tool. A clinical failure constitutes a failure in the entire course!
  3. Once a student is admitted to the major, if the student must repeat a fourth course (including prerequisites, corequisites, or course designated as NUR), the student cannot continue in the major.
  4. Only one nursing course (NUR designation) may be repeated once. A withdrawal or grade of C- or below on the second attempt necessitates withdrawal from the major.
  5. All nursing courses must be taken in sequence (completion of all sophomore level courses before beginning junior level, completion of all junior level courses before beginning senior level).

Requirements for Licensure

  • Senior level nursing students must successfully complete all course requirements of the major in order to obtain the BS degree. In order to be endorsed by the College to sit for the NCLEX (licensure) examination, the students must fulfill the following additional requirements. If these requirements are not met, the Division of Nursing reserves the right to deny endorsement to sit for the NCLEX examination.
  • A standardized comprehensive exam will be given to all graduating seniors at the end of the spring semester in order to assess readiness to sit for the NCLEX. Students who perform satisfactorily will be endorsed by the Nursing Division. Unsuccessful students may repeat the standardized comprehensive exam until they are successful.
  • All students must provide the documentation of successful completion of a Division-approved NCLEX review course before receiving endorsement to sit for the NCLEX.

New Jersey Board Requirements

The State Board of Nursing determines who is eligible to take the Registered Nurse examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the Nursing program satisfies one of the eligibility requirements. There are other eligibility requirements as well. Since eligibility requirements may vary, candidates should consult with the Board of Nursing of the state in which they plan to take the Registered Nurse examination.

Please also take note of the Common Core and General Education Programs.