The associate degree in nursing at St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University is built upon a foundation drawn from the biological and social sciences as well as the humanities. Major courses in nursing combine classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical settings, developing student competencies in many facets of nursing. The program also prepares students to pass the NCLEX exam, which qualifies individuals for RN licensure.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor in Nursing, to assist with selecting courses and creating an individual plan for academic success.
For information about courses and scheduling, please visit WebAdvisor.
Policies for Current Nursing Students
Please consult the Nursing Handbook or contact the Nursing Department for current policies and procedures.
Nursing courses are planned as a progression of increasing complexity that build upon one another. A minimum grade of “B-” is required in each nursing course. If a student fails to attain a grade of “B-” (80) or better in any one nursing course, they must repeat the theory and the clinical component of that course. If a student fails to attain a grade of “B-” (80) or better in more than one clinical nursing course within the total program of studies, that student will be dismissed from the program. If a student has failed to attain a grade of “B-” or better in the same nursing course twice, that student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails NUR101, they are dismissed from the program.
Any student receiving a clinical failure in a nursing course will receive an “F” for the course and be dismissed from the nursing program.
A minimum grade of “C+” is required in English composition and College Algebra. A minimum grade of a “B-” is required in BIO211, BIO212, and BIO235. All general education courses may be repeated only once. Students who do not attain a satisfactory grade in a first year nursing course must complete the Anatomy and Physiology Module (Review) before repeating the course. Students who do not attain a satisfactory grade in a second year nursing course must also complete the Microbiology Module (Review), as well as the Anatomy and Physiology Module (Review). Students are expected to schedule additional time outside of scheduled nursing classes and college/clinical laboratory hours for the practice and re-demonstration of nursing skills in the College skills laboratory.
In order to attend clinical experiences, continuing students must pass an annual physical assessment that includes a drug screen, annual PPD, and annual proof or signed declination of flu shot. Also required is current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider).
In addition to the regular tuition and fees, nursing students assume the following expenses: uniforms, textbooks and supplies, ATI content mastery tools and transportation to clinical experience settings.