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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 2021-2022 C ATA LO G ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE OF NURSING IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN REDESIGNATED BY THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN NURSING EDUCATION AS A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR 2019-2023
TABLE OF CONTENTS OVERVIEW STUDENT LIFE..........................................................20 Vision........................................................................................4 Student Development Mission.....................................................................................4 and Campus Life............................................................20 Philosophy.............................................................................4 Tobacco-free Campus................................................20 Program Options...............................................................5 Drug-free Community.................................................20 Outcomes..............................................................................5 Student Employment Facilities..................................................................................6 Opportunities....................................................................21 Services for Students with ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT Disabilities..........................................................................21 Admission Requirements............................................8 Counseling and Guidance.......................................21 Admission Process..........................................................8 Health Care and Insurance.....................................21 Credit for Previous Coursework..............................9 Activities and Entertainment..................................22 Enrollment Requirements.........................................10 Title IX Safety and Security.....................................22 Essential Functions/ Student Groups...............................................................22 Technical Standards.....................................................11 ACADEMICS................................................................23 FINANCIAL AID The Curriculum................................................................23 Tuition and Fees.............................................................13 Grading Policies..............................................................23 Tuition/Residence Hall Academic Policies.........................................................24 Refund Policy....................................................................13 Program Option Curriculums.................................29 How to Apply for Aid...................................................14 Course Descriptions....................................................33 Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid............................14 ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION........35 Available Programs.......................................................15 College Loan Code of Conduct............................18
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | OV ER V I E W | 4 OVERVIEW St. Joseph’s College of Nursing offers weekday and evening/ weekend options leading to an associate in applied science degree with a major in nursing. In addition, the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) and Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN) with Le Moyne College allow students to achieve both an associate and a baccalaureate degree in four years or 18 months, respectively. VISION Nursing is an art and a science with a unique body of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing strives for outstanding knowledge and skills. Caring is the foundation for all nurse- educational outcomes exemplified by graduates who will be patient relationships. Nurses are responsible for providing recognized for excellence, leadership and compassionate care. relationship based care throughout the life span. MISSION Learning is a dynamic lifelong process proceeding from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing educates and inspires students simple to complex allowing individuals to develop their human to become compassionate healers who demonstrate integrity, potential. We believe that correlation of classroom theory with innovation, caring and excellence. clinical experience is essential. Innovations in educational activities in a student centered environment encourages PHILOSOPHY collaboration among students, faculty and other health The philosophy of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is congruent care professionals. with the philosophy of St. Joseph’s Health and Trinity Health and reflects the beliefs of the faculty and administration that Nursing education prepares the student to meet global health each individual is sacred and possesses inherent personal care needs applying the nursing process, critical thinking, worth and dignity. clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice. Concept based principles provide the framework for students to become Each student is a unique being whose cultural, intellectual, compassionate professional nurses exhibiting integrity, clinical developmental, and spiritual attributes affect their ability to competence and effective communication. We strive for seek, find, and use health information and resources in order excellence in nursing education and prepare our graduates as to critically think and make decisions using evidence-based future leaders. information. Faculty administration, and staff are dedicated to excellence Society is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds. in nursing education and nursing practice as transforming The College of Nursing contributes to society by preparing healing presences within the community. They educate and graduates who advocate for health promotion, disease inspire learning in a student centered culture of caring, prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic illness reflecting trust, and openness, while responding to learning styles the spirit of social justice in a global health care environment. and developmental levels, and demonstrate leadership and Understanding and advocating for the needs of individuals, service. Faculty serve as role models to promote professional their families, and the community are essential in promoting socialization, research, and lifelong learning. Staff collaborate active participation in selfcare management. to provide outstanding student services to support students’ academic, personal, and professional goals. Health is a dynamic state of healing; one of optimal physiological, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being. An individual’s personal definition of health is influenced by age, gender, cultural factors, and experience. An individual’s participation in self-care and health promotion behaviors is affected by their personal definition of health.
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | OV ER V I E W | 5 Early action application submission date: Nov. 15. Application submission date: Feb. 1. ACCELERATED DUAL DEGREE PARTNERSHIP IN NURSING (A-DDPN) Earn both an associate degree from St. Joseph’s and a Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees from Le Moyne College in only 18 months. This option is ideal for students who already have a bachelor’s degree or higher in another field and want a fast track path to the nursing profession. Classes and clinical experiences are held every other weekend (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) and one evening a week at St. Joseph’s and weekdays/ evenings at Le Moyne. The A-DDPN begins in July each year. PROGRAM OPTIONS Students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) after completion of their associate degree requirements. ASSOCIATE DEGREE (AD) WEEKDAY AND EVENING/WEEKEND OPTIONS Prerequisite classes exist for this program option. Must apply St. Joseph’s offers several academic options, which lead to an using Le Moyne College application. For a July start date, the associate in applied science degree with a major in nursing. The application deadline is November 1 of the prior year. admission criteria and academic requirements for all options are the same. The weekday format follows an academic calendar over RN TO BS ARTICULATION OPTION a two-year period. Students in the evening/weekend option attend Students who earn an associate degree from St. Joseph’s are on alternating weekends (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) eligible to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and one evening a week for 18 months, allowing them to at a 4-year institution. The RN to BS option has academic and work full time during the week, if they so choose. economic benefits, students choosing this option may begin working as a registered nurse earning a competitive salary while The evening/weekend option begins in July, the application completing their bachelor’s degree. For additional information on deadline is September 1st of prior year. The weekday option begins where many of our graduates continue their education please visit in August, with an application deadline of January 1st. All students our website at: https://www.sjhcon.edu/continuing-education attend classes and start participating in clinical rotations very early in both options, giving the opportunity to immediately apply LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES (LPNS) classroom theory to practice. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) should make an appointment with the Office of Admissions to discuss which option best fits DUAL DEGREE PARTNERSHIP IN NURSING (DDPN) their needs. The DDPN, for current high school students only, represents a unique articulation agreement between Le Moyne College and OUTCOMES St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. The 1+2+1 DDPN requires two years of full-time study at Le Moyne College (years I and IV) and NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING EDUCATIONAL two years of full-time study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCIES FOR GRADUATES OF (years II and III) to satisfy both the associate degree and bachelor’s ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMS degree requirements. Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth The innovative DDPN allows students to earn both associate as human beings. and bachelor’s degrees in nursing in the same amount of time it typically takes to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and at a Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated lower cost than most 4-year colleges. Students are eligible to take with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) after completion safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a of their associate degree requirements. family and community context. Apply simultaneously to both St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and Professional Identity: Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that Le Moyne College by completing a Le Moyne College application, reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices and an evolving which serves as a joint application to both institutions. The decision identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, to admit students considered qualified for the DDPN will be at the advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family sole discretion of the appropriate admissions committee of each and community context. college. Progression of students to the second year of the DDPN at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing will be decided prior to the fall Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical semester of enrollment. Agreement on the number of students nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying accepted each year into the DDPN will be at the discretion of the assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care two institutions. for patients, families, and communities.
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | OV ER V I E W | 6 NCLE X-R N Su c c e s s Rate s : PROGRAM OUTCOMES (MEASURES OF 70 - 80 percent of our graduates accept positions % of students who passed PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS) at St. Joseph’s Health Hospital, while others licensing examination on Graduates of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing will: find employment at health care facilities in the first attempt. community, the region or another state. The • achieve a 90 percent passing rate on the excellent reputation of our college and hospital NCLEX-RN licensing examination on the 2020..................................................90% assures that St. Joseph’s alumni will readily find first attempt; positions in their chosen fields. St. Joseph’s College • secure employment at a rate of 90% of cohort 2019...................................................94% of Nursing graduates enjoy a near-perfect pass in a nursing position within twelve months rate on the NCLEX-RN. Their scores have been following graduation; 2018...................................................93% consistently higher than the mean pass rate in New • report a 90 percent satisfaction rate with the York State and the nation. educational program; and 2017...................................................94% • complete the program at a rate of 70 percent of the cohort. FACILITIES 2016...................................................89% Employers will: CLASSROOM LEARNING The College of Nursing facilities are located on the • report a 90 percent satisfaction rate with the main campus of St. Joseph’s Health Hospital in educational program. Syracuse, NY. Classrooms have wireless internet ST U D EN T R E T E N TI ON R ATE S access and modern equipment, including touch NURSING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES screen displays, high-definition monitors, and % of original cohort who • Advocate with integrity in a caring, ethical, interactive white board technology. return for 2nd year of study. reverent manner to promote the holistic well-being of the individual, family, and groups MECCARIELLO CENTER 2019...................................................89% within diverse communities. FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING • Integrate scientific knowledge, skills, clinical The Meccariello Center for Experiential Learning 2018...................................................89% reasoning and evidence-based practice for provides students with opportunities to practice decision making to provide safe, innovative, in a “real” hospital environment, complete with all 2017...................................................90% quality care. of the equipment found in the hospital setting. In • Exemplify the core values and ethical addition to the patient rooms, our simulation labs are 2016...................................................93% behaviors of the professional nurse. equipped with the newest high fidelity simulators • Engage in the pursuit of knowledge to such as SimMan 3G, Victoria - our birthing simulator 2015...................................................90% achieve excellence in practice. and the Hal series of infant and pediatric patients. The simulation lab provides students with the GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENT LEARNING opportunity to practice their assessments and skills OUTCOMES on a variety of patients. The labs are supported Students completing the general education by full-time faculty and a Simulation/IT personnel experience will: during the semester and class times. Students are able to access the lab for practice during regularly • demonstrate a commitment to pursuing scheduled class times and off-hours with additional learning opportunities related key access. to their academic, personal or professional interests; NURSING AND MEDICAL LIBRARY • recognize the practical relevance of Our library has seating for 118 students, contains sociological, cultural and ethical issues of three group study rooms and a general reading local, regional or global significance; area. Twenty computers are located in the main • demonstrate academic and professional library and an additional 32 computers are located competency in written and oral communication; in the adjacent computer labs. All workstations are • develop critical thinking and problem solving equipped with word processing software and high- ability including scientific and quantitative speed internet access. The library is also equipped reasoning; with wireless connectivity to allow the use of • develop information literacy skills and mobile devices. technological competence; and • articulate the role and purpose they play as Our print collection consists of over 1,500 books citizens in a global society. on nursing and allied health topics, as well as general interest material. We subscribe to over 3,500 FOLLOWING GRADUATION print and electronic journals and newsletters, and More than 5,000 students have graduated from our interlibrary loan program provides access to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. On average countless additional resources. The library is open
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | OV ER V I E W | 7 seven days a week to accommodate student needs. NATIONAL RECOGNITIONS • Best Regional Hospital in Syracuse and Central NY for third The St. Joseph’s library page provides 24-hour access to over 2,000 consecutive year by U.S. New and World Report and ranked #10 in medical and nursing e-books, numerous bibliographic and full-text the state databases, as well as our electronic journal collection. Remote access • Becker’s named St. Joseph’s Health Hospital Top 100 Hospitals in services are available to all students upon request. This service allows the U.S. for Heart Surgery users the ability to access many of the library’s electronic resources • Magnet Designation from the American Nurses from a personal device at home or off campus. Information on remote Credentialing Center services can be obtaining from the library service desk or on the • Three Stars from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons in: Coronary resource page of the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing website. Artery Bypass, Aortic Valve Replacement, and Mitral Valve Replacement STUDENT CENTER • St. Joseph’s Health Hospital received the Women’s Choice The Student Center, opened in March 2016, provides much needed Award as one of American’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, dedicated testing space, a lounge and dining area, conference room Bariatrics, Obstetrics, and Heart Care for group meetings equipped with a monitor and whiteboard, and • St. Joseph’s Health Hospital Neonatal service received the Press study rooms with whiteboard painted walls for small group meetings Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award or individual study. The Student Center is that place where students • St. Joseph’s Health Hospital received the Excellence in Healthcare can have a sense of community within the College. This fully renovated Award for Surgical Facility of the Year space provides students with the opportunity to enjoy their physical • Received CEO Gold Standard Award from the American Cancer surroundings, encourages them to stay engaged and allows them to Society build lasting relationships with each other. • Consumer Reports named St. Joseph’s Health Hospital as one the ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH HOSPITAL top 15 heart surgery centers in the US Nursing students complete most of their clinical rotations at • National Certification received from DVV GL Healthcare as a St. Joseph’s Health, a non-profit regional health care system based Primary Stroke Center in Syracuse, NY, providing services to patients throughout Central • Named one of the nation’s top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to Watson Health home care, to our Magnet recognized hospital, and in collaboration • Received Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for with our community partners, St. Joseph’s is advancing the health of fifth year the communities we serve through an expanding range of services to • Awarded 5-stars from Health Grades in: Cardiac surgery, valve ensure our patients achieve optimum health. surgery, coronary bypass, spinal fusion and total knee replacement • Awarded 5-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery by Healthgrades St. Joseph’s Health Hospital has been, and remains, the backbone • “Clean Heat and Power Champion” of our integrated system, delivering award-winning care and providing enhanced value to our primary, specialized, and urgent REGIONAL DISTINCTIONS care facilities throughout the region. A nationally recognized • Leapfrog gave SJH an “A” for efforts in protecting patients from leader in cardiovascular and orthopedic surgical care, the 451-bed harm and meeting the highest safety standards comprehensive medical care institution is advancing the standards • Most Wired Hospital for eight consecutive years of care through innovative technologies and improvement in patient • Gold Beacon Designation to CVICU and MSICU care. Our two state-of the-art ambulatory surgery centers offer • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield - Blue Distinction Center for outpatient surgery services that do not require an overnight stay. Maternity Care under Blue Distinction Specialty Care program • St. Joseph’s received the HANYS (Healthcare Association of The continuum of care extends to our comprehensive primary care New York State) 2016 Pinnacle Award for Quality & Safety services provided across multiple locations which help maximize • Top six hospitals in NE for outcomes associated with heart bypass personal health management and overall well-being. Supporting and aortic valve replacement patients’ desire to live at home, Franciscan Companies provides a variety of health-related services including home medical equipment, respiratory therapy, sleep disorder treatments, home care, senior programs, wellness initiatives, Lifeline medical alert, medication dispensers and telehealth. St. Joseph’s Health is part of Trinity Health, a Catholic national health care system located in Livonia, Michigan. The membership with a larger faith-based organization strengthens our 150-year old mission of Catholic health care and together we are committed to providing better health, better care and lower operating costs in the communities we serve.
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | AD M I S SI ON & E N ROLLM EN T | 8 ADMISSION & ENROLLMENT Admission to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is highly competitive. We use established target dates for application submission and encourage candidates to apply early. To obtain information visit www.sjhcon.edu or contact us at (315) 448-5040. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ALL OTHER APPLICANTS Applicants must have minimally earned/completed St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s the following to be considered for admission: Hospital Health Center does not discriminate in the • High school diploma or equivalent – If a high A P P L I C AT I O N D AT E S administration of educational policies or programs, school is not recognized by the U.S. Department admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, of Education or has no physical address, the and other school-administered programs. The student would be required to submit a GED/ College’s non-discrimination policy is inclusive of, TASC before the application would be Evening/Weekend but not limited to, race, age, color, national or ethnic evaluated. 18 - Month Option JULY origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, • Home schooled students must work with an gender identity, gender expression, veteran/military approved home school association or local status, religion, disability, or political ideology. high school. If the student did not use an approved organization, a GED/TESC would be ENROLLMENT CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS required before the application would be Applicants must have minimally earned/completed evaluated. AD 9/1 the following to be considered for admission: • Completion of and a passing grade in Algebra, A-DDPN 11/1 • High school diploma or equivalent – If a high school is not recognized by the U.S. Department Biology/Living Environment and Chemistry at the high school or college level – New York APPLICATION of Education or has no physical address, the State Regents required where available. DEADLINE student would be required to submit a General • GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred in coursework to Education Diploma/Test Assessing Secondary be considered for transfer credit. Completion (GED/TASC) before the application • Applicants are highly encouraged to complete Weekday Option would be evaluated. Anatomy & Physiology I&II (4 cr. with lab), AUG • Home schooled students must work with an Critical Writing (3 cr.) and Introductory approved home school association or local Psychology (3 cr.) with a grade of B or higher high school. If the student did not use an to increase the competitiveness of their ENROLLMENT approved organization, a GED/TESC would be application. required before the application would be Note: applicants must provide proof of a High School evaluated. diploma or equivalent. Refer to section 3.47(a) of the DDPN 11/15 • Completion of and a passing grade in Algebra, Rules of the NYS Board of Regents for additional Early Action Biology/Living Environment and Chemistry at options/ways to fulfill the High School proof of the high school or college level – New York graduation or equivalent requirement. AD & DDPN 1/1 State Regents required where available (4 years of Math and Science coursework is The Office of Admissions reserves the right to APPLICATION encouraged). waive prerequisite coursework upon review of the DEADLINE applicant’s file and/or transcripts. • Rank in the upper half of high school graduating class with Grade Point Average (GPA) of 85 or higher. An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign • Competitive Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Language) score report may be requested for score of 1050 or higher and/or American applicants who have secondary and/or college College Testing (ACT) score of 21 or higher. transcripts from outside the U.S. and who have not
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | AD M I S SI ON & E N ROLLM EN T | 9 completed college level English in the U.S. Analysis of B or higher will be considered more of TOEFL results will be based on the established competitive for acceptance. benchmarks. • Applicants who repeat college courses in order to achieve a grade of “C” or higher APPLICATION PROCESS are typically not considered competitive for APPLICATION CHECKLIST • Complete and submit online application admission. including personal statement/essay located at sjhcon.edu. To complete the admission process, applicants are Applicants should apply online • Submit official high school transcript required to complete an interview with a college and submit the following: demonstrating proof of graduation and/or high representative. • Official high school school equivalent. transcript (including • Submit official college transcripts for ALL Admission will be offered to qualified applicants SAT and/or ACT scores colleges attended. within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline until all for current high school • Submit 2 professional letters of seats are filled. Decision letters will be e-mailed to all students only) and/or recommendation. Current high school applicants. documentation of students must submit one professional GED/TASC letter of recommendation and one letter CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK • Official college of recommendation from their guidance transcript(s) counselor. TRANSFER CREDIT • Two completed Transfer credit may be awarded for college courses professional An application is not considered complete until all that were completed prior to enrollment at recommendation forms above items are completed/received. St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. The following criteria (available online). High are used for evaluation of transfer credits: school applicants Refer to the Application for Admission tab at • Course was successfully completed with a must submit one sjhcon.edu for specific instructions to complete an grade of “C” (2.0) or higher. guidance counselor application. • Course is similar in content, rigor, learning recommendation outcomes to those in the St. Joseph’s curriculum. and one professional Applications become the property of St. Joseph’s • Science courses (anatomy & physiology; recommendation. College of Nursing and will not be returned. microbiology) must be completed within • Personal statement seven years of acceptance to St. Joseph’s. (answer questions as If an applicant does not complete an application Science courses completed outside of the seven directed on application). or if the applicant is not in communication with the year time frame, must be repeated. Office of Admissions within one year of applying, the Note: Application materials file will be deemed inactive and consideration for Secondary school and/or college transcripts from become the property of admission will be cancelled. countries outside of the U.S. must be translated to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing English with U.S. grading system, by an approved and will not be returned. ADMISSION PROCEDURE international credential evaluator if the transcripts are to be considered as part of meeting the Admission to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is admission requirements or are to be considered for Click HERE to Apply Now highly competitive and primarily based on academic college transfer credit. Applicants whose translated achievements (high school and/or college grade secondary school transcripts do not specifically list point average), strength of curriculum, standardized algebra, biology and chemistry will be required to test scores (High School students only), personal complete these courses prior to being considered for statement, extracurricular, volunteer and/or work admission. experience, and letters of recommendation. Final determination of transfer credit is made by the Applications will be considered based on: College’s Registrar in conjunction with the Dean of Academic Affairs. Official transcripts for all completed • Courses taken that meet or exceed the above coursework must be submitted before a final minimum academic requirements. determination can be made regarding transfer credit • Professional letters of recommendation that eligibility. reflect positively on the applicant and their desire to pursue a degree in nursing. Transfer credits are not included in the computation • Quality of essay including subject matter, of the cumulative GPA. A student must complete a grammar, and punctuation. minimum number of nursing credits at St. Joseph’s • Non-High School applicants who have to receive their degree. Nursing transfer credits are completed Anatomy & Physiology I&II determined on an individual basis. (4 cr. with lab), Critical Writing (3 cr.), and Introductory Psychology (3 cr.) with a grade
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | AD M I S SI ON & E N ROLLM EN T | 1 0 ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS HEALTH The College will grant advanced placement credit in English All students must upload specific documents including health Composition and Psychology if the student has achieved a score of history questionnaire, physical exam by a medical professional 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination of the College within the past 12 months, proof of federally or state mandated Entrance Examination Board. An Official AP Score Report must be vaccines and acknowledgment of Essential Functions and requested from the College Board and forwarded to St. Joseph’s Technical Standards to mycb.castlebranch.com by the established College of Nursing (SJCON) for transfer credit to be granted. deadline. This process must be completed in its entirety and maintained to meet enrollment requirements. Failure to remain COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM compliant in CastleBranch after initial enrollment requirements are (CLEP) met will result in the student being ineligible to attend clinical. The College will grant academic credit for the following CLEP examinations. College Composition, Introductory Psychology, or HEALTH INSURANCE Introductory Sociology. Credit for the examination is determined in All matriculated students must have their own personal health accordance with the recommendations of the American Council insurance while in attendance. on Education (ACE). A score of 50 or higher is required for transfer credit to be granted. An Official score report must be requested Valid cards are to be uploaded annually and managed through from the College Board and forwarded to SJCON for transfer credit mycb.castlebranch.com. If nearing expiration, renewal is REQUIRED to be granted. Information regarding these examinations may be prior to expiration date. Failure to remain compliant in CastleBranch found at www.collegeboard.org. will result in the student being ineligible to attend clinical. EXCELSIOR COLLEGE EXAMINATIONS BASIC LIFE SUPPORT CARDIOPULMONARY The College will grant academic credit for Anatomy & Physiology RESUSCITATION (BLS CPR) and/or Microbiology courses taken more than seven (7) years St. Joseph’s College of Nursing mandates BLS CPR certification prior to acceptance through Excelsior College Subject Exams as an enrollment requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to (UExcel Credit by Exam). Credit will only be granted for subject complete an approved BLS CPR course prior to the designated examinations if the student earned a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher deadline. in the initial course. A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved on the subject exam. An official transcript must be requested from Students must choose from the following options for initial Excelsior College and forwarded to SJCON for transfer credit to be BLS CPR certification: granted. • American Red Cross – www.redcross.org Basic Life Support (BLS CPR) for Healthcare Providers Information regarding these examinations may be found at • American Heart Association – www.heart.org www.excelsior.edu Basic Life Support (BLS CPR) for Healthcare Providers Questions regarding any aspect of this policy may be directed to Students enrolled in a blended BLS learning course (online & the Office of the Registrar. classroom), must complete online learning content followed by classroom practice and skills demonstration in order to receive ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS certification. Enrollment is defined as completion of all requirements listed below Valid CPR cards are to be uploaded to and managed through prior to the established deadline date. mycb.castlebranch.com. Certification is valid for two years. If nearing expiration, renewal is REQUIRED prior to expiration date. ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT Failure to remain compliant in CastleBranch will result in the A non-refundable enrollment deposit must be paid by the student being ineligible to attend clinical. established deadline date. If the fee is not submitted by the established deadline date, the application is cancelled, and the STUDENT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK student forfeits the guaranteed space in the program. St. Joseph’s College of Nursing’s enrollment requirements include submission of a background check for all accepted TRANSCRIPTS students through CastleBranch using the designated Package All official transcripts pertaining to transfer credit must be received Code provided through the enrollment process. To ensure the by the registrar prior to enrollment. Applicants enrolling directly out safety and well-being of all patients, background checks are a of high school must submit an official final high school transcript standard practice for working in healthcare. Student placement in indicating the date of graduation. a clinical site/agency assumes that the person possesses good moral character and the ability to successfully pass the rigor of a If fraud is suspected, the Registrar will refer to the U.S. Department background investigation and criminal background check. of Education’s list of public and private high schools to verify legitimacy of the institution. Additionally, the Office of Financial Therefore, it is required that all enrolled students obtain a Aid may review the high school information located on the Free background check prior to beginning clinical practice. Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). • All students selected for admission will be enrolled
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | AD M I S SI ON & E N RO LLM EN T | 11 conditionally until background check results are reviewed. The TESTING student is responsible for the cost of the background check. All incoming students are required to take a critical thinking entrance Students are required to obtain a background check via exam during orientation. There are no study materials for this certifiedbackground.com by an established/published deadline standardized exam. date. Results of the background check will be made available to • Students must achieve 100% on the basic math competency the student and an administrator at St. Joseph’s College of during orientation prior to beginning Nursing 110/111. If 100% is Nursing. All background checks will be treated as confidential. not achieved on the test, the student will be required to: • A student who refuses to obtain a background check or does – complete remediation not obtain a required background check by the published – retest deadline set forth by the College will not be eligible to enroll. • Students who remain unsuccessful in retesting will be referred This student will be deregistered with no opportunity to for administrative action up to and including possible re-apply or defer enrollment. postponement with starting the program. Students who fail to • It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether or not he/ meet the enrollment requirements in their entirety by the she is eligible for licensure. If convicted of a crime, it is the published deadline set forth by the College will be ineligible to student’s responsibility to determine if his/her background enroll. will prohibit licensure and employment in the healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s College of Nursing administration and ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TECHNICAL STANDARDS faculty are not able to provide legal advice. If a student has questions or concerns about his/her background, he/she may Essential functions/technical standards include non-academic contact legal counsel before enrolling in a nursing program. criteria essential to successfully complete the required nursing • If a background check is negative (no incidences displayed), coursework. The following is a list of the essential functions/technical the summary page of the report is filed in the student’s file. standards required to be achieved with or without accommodation: • If a background check is positive, an administrative review process is initiated by the standing review committee consisting Communication: of at least the Dean of Student Services, the Assistant Dean Use good communication skills in interacting with peers, staff, and one member of the faculty currently serving on the college personnel and patients. Examples of relevant activities Admissions Committee. The student will be requested to include, but are not limited to: validate and explain the results. The review committee will review according to, but not limited to the following • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills considerations: need for further information, nature of the crime, • Effective utilization of the English language and Medicare/drug-related incidents. If the incident is deemed • Recording all information accurately to be of no concern by administration, the student will be Sensory Skills and Observation: allowed to enroll. In deciding to disqualify a candidate, Functional use of senses. Examples of relevant activities include, but the review committee, along with appropriate consultation are not limited to: will consider the following: Network Policies & Procedures/ • Must be able to assess patients in their environment in order SJCON/Student Criminal Background Check Policy/December to safely deliver nursing care. Examples of relevant activity 2020/Page 1 of 2 include, but are not limited to: • The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which – Detect changes in skin color the person was previously convicted will have on fitness to – Collect data from recording equipment and become a matriculated student when considering the essential measuring devices functions and technical standards required of students in the – Detect fire in a client area and initiate emergency action Program. – Draw the correct quantity of medication into a syringe • The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the • Must be able to assess patients and their environment and to criminal offense or offenses. implement nursing care plans that are developed from such • The age of the person at the time of the occurrence of the assessments. Examples of relevant activity include, but are not criminal offense or offenses. limited to: • The seriousness of the offense or offenses. – Detect sounds related to bodily functions using • Any information produced by the person, or produced on his a stethoscope behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct. – Detect audible alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, • The legitimate interest of St. Joseph’s Hospital in protecting call bell) property, and the safety and welfare of our patient’s, visitors, – Communicate clearly in a telephone conversation and staff. – Communicate effectively with clients and with other • The Review Committee makes a recommendation to the members of the health care team Admissions Committee regarding the recommendation of – Detect odors of bodily fluids or spoiled foods admission. The Admissions Committee makes the – Detect smoke from burning materials determination regarding the admission which constitutes the – Detect changes in skin temperature final step in the review process and may not be appealed. – Detect unsafe temperature levels in heat-producing devices used internally/externally with clients – Detect anatomical abnormalities such as subcutaneous crepitus, edema, infiltrated IV fluids
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | AD M I S SI ON & E N ROLLM EN T | 1 2 Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills: Professional Behavior: Strength and mobility sufficient to perform client care activities Professional behaviors involve a specialized skill set essential to and emergency procedures. Examples of relevant activities the performance of a unique and professional role. Examples of include, but are not limited to: relevant activities include, but are not limited to: • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, • Perform Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others • Accurately place and maintain position of stethoscope for • Demonstrate professional communication, appearance and detecting sound functions behavior that shows respect for clients and self • Manipulate small equipment and containers such • Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age as syringes, vials, and medication packages to administer appropriate in relationship to the client medications • Handle multiple tasks concurrently • Safely transfer clients in and out of bed • Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring • Lift or move clients or objects, turn and position clients as context needed to prevent complications due to bed rest • Maintain the confidentiality of medical information • Hang IV bags at the appropriate level • Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the • Accurately read the volumes in bodily fluid collections college and clinical agencies devices • Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct Cognitive Ability: • Accept responsibility, accountability and ownership of Ability to collect, analyze and integrate information and knowledge one’s actions to make clinical judgments and management decisions to • Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress promote client outcomes. Examples of relevant activities include, inherent in providing nursing care but are not limited to: • Adapt to changing environments and situations • Process information accurately, thoroughly and quickly to • Remain free of chemical dependency prioritize tasks • Report promptly to all clinical experiences • Perform math computations for medication dosage calculations • Demonstrate skills of recall using both long- and short-term memory, inferential reasoning, predicting possible outcomes, and applications of knowledge and evaluation of predicted outcomes at appropriate times for point of program • Learn to use nursing process in a systematic way • Critical thinking in the process of delivering care and comfort to clients Emotional Stability/Behavioral/Social Attributes: Student is expected to have the emotional stability required to provide safe nursing care. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to: • Exercise sound judgment, complete assessment and intervention activities, and develop sensitive interpersonal relationships with patients/clients/families and others responsible for health care • Demonstrate flexibility to function effectively under stress and adapt to multiple situations • Handle strong emotions • Demonstrate compassion • Establish therapeutic relationships in a caring manner • Focus and maintain attention on tasks Please visit www.sjhcon.edu if you are interested in applying to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. Admission representatives are available to answer your questions by email, telephone or during open advising (check our website for dates and times).
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | FI NANCIAL AI D | 13 FINANCIAL AID We believe that any student who is accepted and wants to attend St. Joseph’s College of Nursing should be able to do so. We work hard to help students find the financial resources they need. The Financial Aid Office provides information and advice to help students and their families apply for federal, state and institutional aid, including student loans and scholarships. TUITION AND FEES TITLE IV REFUNDS POLICY In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, a All tuition and fees must be paid to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing portion of Title IV grant or loan funds must be returned to the Title prior to the first day of each semester/term. The tuition and fees listed IV Program upon a student’s withdrawal from college. Fees are below do not include indirect costs such as books/supplies, personal separate from tuition and are nonrefundable. Refund date is based expenses, entertainment, transportation and other incidentals. on the last date of attendance. If a student received Title IV financial Estimated annual expenses for at St. Joseph’s can also be found aid, the aid is recalculated based on the percentage of the semester below and on our website https://www.sjhcon.edu/tuition-fees. completed up to 60 percent. This may result in a student incurring a liability to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing after the Title IV funds are returned. Once the institution has determined an official withdrawal date, regulation provides a formula for the calculation of the amount of Title IV aid that the student has “earned”, and the school may Direct Costs Direct Costs retain. This will depend on the percentage of the enrollment period (includes general (transfer students) that the student has completed up to withdrawal. This percentage education courses) is calculated by dividing the number of calendar days completed Year I $22,454 $12,492 by the total number of calendar days in the payment period. Up through the 60% point of the enrollment period, the student is eligible Year II $20,715 $16,531 for the actual percentage of aid the calculation provides. A refund Commuter Student $43,169 $29,023 of federal financial aid is first applied to Federal Direct Loans and Room & Board (two year average) $13,200 $13,200 then the Federal Pell Grant. Once federal refunds are complete, the On Campus Student $56,369 $42,223 student will be required to pay any remaining balance due to the school within 30 days. After the 60% point of the semester/term, 100% of the Title IV aid is considered “earned” by the student and no recalculation is necessary. For further information regarding refund policies, contact the Coordinator for Financial Aid. TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES Students are responsible for their own transportation, meals and TUITION REFUND POLICY other necessities while attending off campus clinical experiences and outside conferences, unless they are acting as official student delegates on behalf of the St. Joseph’s College Administration. AMOUNT REFUNDED WITHDRAWAL DATE* 100 percent first week of classes TUITION/RESIDENCE HALL REFUND POLICY 75 percent second week of classes A student wishing to withdraw from the College must submit a written request identifying the reason for withdrawal to the Vice 50 percent third week of classes President/ Dean of the College of Nursing. A meeting will then 25 percent fourth week of classes be scheduled. If the student withdraws from the College, tuition/ 0 percent fifth week of classes and later residence hall costs will be refunded as shown in the Tuition Refund Policy. *Refund date is based on the last date of attendance
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | FI NANCIAL AI D | 1 4 HOW TO APPLY FOR AID COMPLETION RATE REQUIREMENTS A student must be progressively working towards completion of the To be considered for all financial aid opportunities, students must file: degree, as measured hours attempted versus hours successfully • A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. completed, with successful completion of a minimum of 67% of Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Programs hours attempted. • A New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) REQUIREMENTS Financial aid recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative These agencies will issue a report directly to the College’s Financial GPAs to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements (see Aid Office. Students must apply for financial aid each year. Award Academic Requirements for Financial Aid table below). amounts are credited to the student’s tuition account each semester/ If a student repeats a course, only the highest of the grades term. The Bursar Office issues credit balances as they become received for the course will be used in the calculation of the GPA. available. MAXIMUM TIME-LIMIT REQUIREMENTS The Financial Aid Office offers students the forms and guidance A student’s eligibility for financial aid will be terminated at the point they will need to complete the application process. Students may where 150 percent of the total hours required for a program, as stated in reach the office at (315) 448-5266. the college catalog, have been attempted. Hours attempted are the sum FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY of all this college’s credits for which tuition was charged whether or not Eligibility for financial aid is determined according to the amount of financial aid was received, plus all transfer hours accepted for credit. financial need indicated on the FAFSA and TAP reports. To receive aid, EVALUATION OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS students cannot be in default on any prior federal educational loan. A financial aid recipient’s satisfactory academic progress is evaluated SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS after each semester/term of the academic year. At that time, a student Students must be in good academic standing to receive financial will be in good standing, be placed on financial aid probation, or denied aid. Once financial aid is awarded, students must meet St. Joseph’s financial assistance for future enrollment periods. The student must meet Standards of Progress to remain eligible for aid in subsequent all three progress requirements (completion rate, GPA and be within semesters/terms. the maximum time frame) to remain in good standing. Students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if they are placed on probation or The Standards of Progress include two factors: program pursuit and denied financial aid. academic progress. Program pursuit is defined as the percentage of credits a student must complete each semester/term. Academic PROBATION STATUS progress is defined as accomplishing the required GPA and completing Probation status will not prevent the student from receiving financial aid. the necessary credits. After matriculation into the College of Nursing, The probationary semester is meant to inform the student of potential students have three years (six semesters) to complete the program. academic problems and provide time for corrective action. If a student does not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards after one Cumulative GPAs are reviewed at the end of each semester and used probationary period, denial status will be imposed unless continued to determine the level of academic progress and program pursuit for probation approved. federal and TAP aid (see chart on page 15). PROBATION CONTRACT SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS A student on financial aid probation must develop a probation contract before registering for the next semester. The student must meet the REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID terms of the probation contract, including earning a 2.0 GPA during the Financial aid satisfactory academic progress is defined by successful following semester/term in order to remain eligible for financial aid. completion of courses (credit hours), cumulative GPA and maximum DENIAL STATUS time limits to complete the student’s course of study. Students must Denial status will prevent the student from receiving any Title IV funding, meet all requirements listed in the chart below. state or institutional financial assistance for future enrollment until the student meets all satisfactory academic progress standards. ~ A C A D E M I C R E Q U I R E M E N T S F O R F I N A N C I A L A I D ~ Hours Attempted Completion Rate GPA 0.0-1.99 GPA 2.0 1 – 17 50% Probation Satisfactory 18 – 33 60% Probation Satisfactory 34 – 49 60% Denial Satisfactory 50+ 67% Denial Satisfactory
2 02 1-2 02 2 CATALOG | FI NANCIAL AI D | 1 5 To be eligible, a student must be a resident of New York State and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien or refugee. A student must have a high school diploma or GED, take at least 12 credits per semester/term, be in good academic standing, have no previous debt from a defaulted student loan and meet family income criteria. HESC does not consider family income for students who are considered financially independent: those 36 or older. Students between the ages of 22 to 35 who have not lived with their parents, been claimed as a dependent or received $750 yearly from their parents for three years are considered independent by NYS standards. New York State scholarships are for up to four years of full-time study regardless of need and are won in the senior year of high school by competitive examination. Recipients must attend school in New York State and APPEAL AND REINSTATEMENT maintain their New York State residency. Students may appeal their denial status by submitting a statement of extenuating circumstances to the Financial Aid Office. Some TAP Standards of Progress is used to determine each student’s circumstances such as medical problems, illness or death in the eligibility to receive their next TAP award. There is one difference family can be considered for an appeal. The Financial Aid Appeals from the school standards. Each semester TAP award is valued at Committee will review the appeal and notify the student within six points and an academic year is valued at 12 points. The higher two weeks. number of points the student has used, the larger the percentage of courses they will need to complete. Points are accumulated This policy does not preclude a student from enrolling in subsequent from all the schools from which the student received TAP. The semesters/terms. Students may have their financial aid reinstated by the maximum allowed for study at a two-year institution is 36 points. In Financial Aid Office once all satisfactory academic progress standards the first year of study, each student must complete 50 percent of (completion and GPA requirements) are met. the courses attempted. The second year is a 75 percent completion rate; and the third year is 100 percent completion. LOSS OF FINANCIAL AID Students who do not achieve the qualitative and/or quantitative If a student has previously attended college and has received TAP, measures as determined by the Standards of Progress will not receive they could be in their first year at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, further financial aid. However, students may petition the College to but at a 75 percent (second year) or 100 percent (third year) pursuit waive the satisfactory progress requirement by submitting a written level of TAP. explanation for poor performance. Examples of some acceptable causes of poor performance are personal illness or injury, family illness, death Students will have an equivalent of three years of TAP to complete a in the family or circumstances resulting in undue hardship. A committee two-year program. After students have received an equivalent of two reviews the Request for Waiver and notifies the student of its decision, years of TAP, they must maintain a “C” (2.0) average or higher to remain which is final. eligible for TAP. Students may also regain financial aid eligibility by taking courses Eligibility lost due to GPA may be reinstated in the same fashion as without the use of financial aid to make up any deficiencies. After stated earlier in St. Joseph’s Standards of Progress. When TAP is lost due attaining the accumulated credits and satisfactory GPA, students are to program pursuit (not completing the percentage of courses required eligible to use financial aid again. per semester), the student’s eligibility is lost for one year unless granted a waiver. However, when TAP is lost due to a student not completing the required percentage of courses per semester/term, eligibility for further TAP awards is lost for one year. A student may submit a written request to the Financial Aid Office to receive a one-time waiver of this eligibility TA P S TA N DA R D S O F PR O G R E S S requirement. Normal # Max # of of semesters semesters AVAILABLE PROGRAMS for completion for completion 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEW YORK RESIDENTS Credits per semester 0 6 15 27 39 51 Tuition Assistance Program: New York state residents attending colleges in New York State can Cum. GPA required 0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 apply to receive a grant through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), which is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
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