RN Program Curriculum

The RN Diploma Program curriculum of Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is developed in accordance with the philosophy and goals of the School and provides for the education of the student as a professional nurse and as a person. The curriculum design is based on a synthesis of constructs, definitions and propositions from Orem's self-care theory. The program extends over two academic years with two 16-week semesters and a six-week spring semester each year. The nursing courses include classroom instruction as well as clinical experiences. The clinical experiences are supervised by the faculty of the School of Nursing.

Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing has a collaborative arrangement/contractual agreement with St. Peter's College which gives the student the option of receiving an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S). in Health Sciences in addition to the diploma in nursing. The nursing curriculum is dependent upon proper sequencing of courses. All non-nursing courses in this curriculum are to be completed prior to or during the semester in which they are listed.

RN Program Proposed Curriculum Revision

The School of Nursing has submitted a major curriculum revision proposal which includes a reduction in program credits from 78 to 61 credits to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. If approved, the revised curriculum will be implemented in the Fall of 2021 with the incoming freshman students.

Progressing students will remain in the current curriculum. The Nursing Information sessions are providing prospective students with information on the proposed curriculum revision.

Once approved, the website will be updated with the information on the organization of the revised curriculum.

The below link provides an overview of the proposed curriculum revision.

RN Curriculum Organizational Plan

Curriculum Objectives

  1. Use the nursing process to give direct care to individuals and groups of patients with any type of well-defined health-deviation self-care requisite.
  2. Develop and implement a short range teaching plan forindividuals and groups of patients using the teachinglearning process.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing care in meeting the therapeutic self-care requisites of patients across the lifespan.
  4. Coordinate the care of individuals and groups of patients with health deviation or self-care requisites, and meet their therapeutic self-care demands
  5. Maintain effective communication with patients, families and the healthcare team.
  6. Make legal and ethical decisions in caring for individuals and groups of patients of any age.
  7. Act as liaison for individuals and groups of patients within structured healthcare settings.
  8. Use the established organizational hierarchy to problemsolve within the structured healthcare setting.
  9. Actively participate in maintaining and remaining accountable for personal and professional conduct and growth.
  10. Abide by the code of ethics, which has been clarified and interpreted by a comprehensive self-governing organization of practitioners.

First Year

Fall Semester (15 Weeks)
  • Holiday Recess (2 Weeks)
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Fundamentals of Nsg Health Assessment Pharmacology**(NUR-101) 60 180 8**
Anatomy/Physiology I* (Bi 171)45304
Intro to Psychology* (Ps 151)45NA3
English Composition* (Cm 120)45NA3
Total Credits: 18

Winter Semester (15 Weeks)
  • Spring Recess (2 Weeks)
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Parent/Child Health NSG**(NUR-102)751809**
Anatomy/Physiology II* (Bi 172)45304
Basic Microbiology* (Bi 161)45304
Total Credits: 17

Spring Semester (5 Weeks)
  • Summer Vacation
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Mental Health NSG** (NUR-201)30904**
Life Span Development* (Ps 235)45N/A3
Total Credits:7

The nursing curriculum is dependent upon proper sequencing of courses. All non-nursing courses in this curriculum are to be completed prior to or during the semester in which 30 transferable credits they are listed.

Clock hour = 60 min.
Credit Hour = 1 hour of theory, 3 hours of clinical and/or lab


✝ Not required for Diploma option
** Nursing Courses = 30 transferable credits
* College Courses = 36 credits
Total for A.A.S. = 66 credits
(30 credits in Nursing and 36 College Credits can be applied to the BSN degree)

Second Year

Fall Semester (15 Weeks)
  • Holiday Recess (2 Weeks)
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Adult Health Nursing I**(NUR-202)9018010**
Introduction to Sociology* (SO 121)45NA3
Intro to Philosophy* (PL 130)45NA3
Total Credits:16

Winter Semester (15 Weeks)
  • Spring Recess (2 Weeks)
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Adult Health Nursing II** (NUR-301)9018010**
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics* (PL 254)45NA3
Introduction to the Visual Arts* (AR 127 or approved Humanities elective)45NA3
Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester (5 Weeks)
  • Graduation
Class Class Hours Clin/Lab Hours Credits
Management of Patient Care** (NUR-302)30904**
Total Credits:4

The nursing curriculum is dependent upon proper sequencing of courses. All non-nursing courses in this curriculum are to be completed prior to or during the semester in which 30 transferable credits they are listed.

Clock hour = 60 min.
Credit Hour = 1 hour of theory, 3 hours of clinical and/or lab

✝ Not required for Diploma option
** Nursing Courses = 30 transferable credits
* College Courses = 36 credits
Total for A.A.S. = 66 credits
(30 credits in Nursing and 36 College Credits can be applied to the BSN degree)