Curriculum/Curriculum Designs
GENERAL INFORMATION
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, the program offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in nursing, biological, behavioral and social sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health and illness continuum of patient care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students' learning. The curriculum has two program tracks (Generic or LPN-RN) for prospective students to consider.

MATRICULATION
Students may matriculate as full-time or part-time students in the Generic or the LPN to RN track. A student who pursues a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic work per semester is classified as full-time. A student who pursues less than 12 credit hours of academic work per semester is classified as part-time.

GENERIC TRACK
The generic curriculum of the School of Nursing is offered with day, evening, and select weekend classes.

General education, science, and humanities courses may be taken at the Elizabeth, Plainfield or Cranford campuses of Union County College while nursing courses are offered at the School of Nursing on the Elizabeth campus. Transfer credits are also accepted. Students are expected to complete the generic track within 6 semesters of starting NURE 131 (Nursing I).

LPN to RN TRACK FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
The LPN-RN track is offered with evening and select weekend classes. Admission to this track is done on an annual basis each Fall semester.

The LPN-RN track is specifically designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to further their nursing education within a realistic time frame. Custom designed courses build on existing knowledge, skills, and strengths and provide an opportunity to pursue career goals without undue repetition of previous learning. Students are expected to complete the LPN-RN track within 4 semesters of starting NURE 250 (Nursing Care of a Client with a Medical Surgical Health Deviation).

Educational Mobility - RN to BSN/MSN
Seamless academic progression to the BSN and MSN degree is available to Trinitas graduates. The College of St. Elizabeth offers both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing program onsite at Trinitas. The School also has articulation agreements with Kean University, Drexel University, and The College of St. Elizabeth. An additional articulation agreement with Thomas Edison State University is pending.

Curriculum Designs

Generic Track
(Suggested for full-time student enrollment)
SEMESTER I
  CREDITS
BIO 105 Anatomy and Physiology I
4
CHE 114 Chemistry
4
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
NURE 130 Nursing Trends and Concepts
4
TOTAL 15

SEMESTER II
  CREDITS
BIO 106 Anatomy and Physiology II
4
PSY 101 General Psychology
3
NURE 131
8
TOTAL 15

SEMESTER III   CREDITS
BIO 108 Microbiology
4
PSY 204 Life Span
3
NURE 132
8
TOTAL 15


SEMESTER IV
  CREDITS
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3
NURE 231
8
TOTAL 14


SEMESTER V
  CREDITS
NURE 232
10
Humanities
3
Humanities – General Education
3
TOTAL 16

LPN to RN Track

   
Evening Classes  
Pre-requisites
CREDITS
BIO 105 Anatomy & Physiology I
4
BIO 106 Anatomy & Physiology II
4
BIO 108 Microbiology
4
CHE 114 Chemistry
4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
PSY 204 Life Span 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Humanities – General Education 3
Humanities 3
Licensed Practical Nurse Curriculum 12


 
SEMESTER I CREDITS
NURE 211 3
NURE 212 4
TOTAL 7


 
SEMESTER II CREDITS
NURE 250 6
TOTAL 6

 

 
SEMESTER III CREDITS
NURE 260/270 6
TOTAL 6

 
SEMESTER IV CREDITS
NURE 280/290 6
NURE 291 1
TOTAL 7

 

 
CREDIT ALLOCATION  
Nursing 38
General Education 37
**TOTAL 75


A minimum enrollment of 6 is required to offer a clinical section of a nursing course. Exceptions may be made for NURE 232 and NURE 290.
*ENG 112 is an acceptable substitute for ENG 101 for non-native speakers of English
**Generic Track students: Due to the rigorous nature of nursing curriculum courses, it is recommended that if the full time sequence of courses is chosen, students limit outside work obligations to support student success in the program.