13 Sep Trinitas School of Nursing Program Review
Trinitas School of Nursing is situated in a diverse urban community in New Jersey, with Trinitas Regional Medical Center as their parent institution. Graduates have served various roles as professional nurses in the community and throughout the world. Through the school’s collective vision of providing every student a learning environment conducive to developing adequate knowledge, skills, and attitude, prospective nurses become competent, safe, and highly skilled healthcare professionals.
Trinitas School of Nursing has partnered with Union County College through a Cooperative Nursing Program (CNP). Disadvantaged students and those who are seeking a second career in the healthcare field are given an opportunity to study and earn a Diploma or Associate in Science degree at a reasonable or free cost. The institution has also partnered with Kean University in 1992 as well as with the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2004, to provide individuals a quality and recognized BSN and MSN degree programs.
Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College
The Cooperative Nursing Program is fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, Inc. Trinitas School of Nursing in partnership with Union County College offers a basic program of study which provides an excellent theoretical knowledge in nursing and behavioral, biological, and social sciences. The integration of knowledge into academic and clinical experiences facilitate learning among the students while allowing them to earn a degree in nursing.
Students can study full-time or part-time in the Generic or LPN to RN track of the Union County College. A student is studying full-time if he or she pursues 12 credits or more of academic work per semester, while a student who gets less than 12 credit hours is studying part-time. Moreover, the generic program can be completed in a maximum of six years upon acceptance and three and a half years upon enrolling in NURE 130. The LPN to RN track, on the other hand, can be completed in three years from the time they enter in NURE 211 or NURE 212.
The generic nursing program is offered in the day, evening, or weekend time slots. Students can study at the Cranford, Elizabeth, or Plainfield campuses of Union County College for their general education, humanities, and science courses. Nursing courses can be obtained at the School of Nursing in the Elizabeth campus of the college.
LPN to RN Track
The LPN to RN track is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who want to advance their nursing education in a realistic time frame. The courses are developed and built on existing knowledge and skills which provide an opportunity for students to upgrade their learning experience and make them more competent in the healthcare field.
Graduates of the Generic and LPN to RN nursing programs will become eligible for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Once they obtain a license, they can seek employment in the healthcare field or their continue their educational goals.
Both nursing programs have different admission requirements. Students pursuing a generic nursing track must be a graduate from an accredited high school or must have a Graduate Equivalency Diploma or GED. They should also have completed high school chemistry and biology, a College Placement test, and a GPA of 2.5 in Union County College for NURE courses enrollment.
Meanwhile, students in the LPN to RN track must be a graduate of an accredited School of Practical Nursing and must possess a current LPN license. They should also complete a College Placement Test and must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in Union County College for enrollment in NURE courses.
BSN and MSN Programs at Trinitas School of Nursing and College of Saint Elizabeth
RN to BSN Program
The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) offers an RN to BSN program for Registered Nurses who want to obtain a baccalaureate degree in Nursing. The program enhances the leadership skills among students and prepares them in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health to patients in various healthcare settings.
Although the full-time study is available on the student’s academic needs, the RN to BSN program is usually offered on a part-time basis. Most courses are scheduled in a seven-week session and classes are held once a week. The program comes in an accelerated format. Thus, it requires independent work outside the classroom. Clinical training and classroom instruction are selected by students with the help of the faculty to meet their professional and educational needs. Typically, a candidate for the RN to BSN degree must attend at the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years.
The RN to BSN program is committed to critical inquiry, and it strives to develop ethical and just relations while promoting nurses as full partners in the healthcare system. It also fosters a caring, and personal environment wherein students learn and develop their leadership abilities. Graduates of the program will be able to integrate knowledge from liberal arts and sciences to professional practice while demonstrating global awareness and sensitive behaviors. They will also be able to use inter-professional and intra-professional methods in delivering safe and efficient patient care. Most importantly, graduates will become professional nurse generalists and leaders who can provide a sound basis for potential graduate studies in nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing program is for BSN degree holders who want to advance their education to a graduate level. The program is consist of 37 credits and students will choose their area of specialization. The Master of Science in Nursing program presents a multidisciplinary core with two clinical practicum courses and advanced study in nursing education. Graduates will become experts in their chosen fields and can assume leadership roles or positions in various healthcare settings like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and many others. Moreover, students planning to gain admission to the Master of Science in Nursing have to transfer their credits and have it evaluated by the College of Saint Elizabeth. The school requires the applicants to carry a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree to MSN Program
The non-nursing baccalaureate degree to MSN program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree from a non-nursing field wanting to become a Registered Nurse and eventually earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree. Students in the program will gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and will take another coursework to achieve a Master’s of Science in Nursing in their chosen area of specialization.
Interested applicants have to be a baccalaureate degree holder in any field from an accredited college or university. They have to possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their bachelor’s program and must have a grade of B in the first two CSE undergraduate courses. Students must also pass the pre-admission interview, health requirements, and criminal background check. Upon completing the BSN coursework, graduates must pass the licensing exam and become a Registered Nurse in New Jersey so they can apply and gain admission to the MSN program.