Registered Nurse Diploma Program Overview

The Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing's Registered Nurse (RN) program is one of the most respected diploma nursing education programs in New Jersey enabling students to seek employment as a RN after successful program completion and the passing of the state licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). Students complete the course of study in a two-year day-time program with limited evening clinical opportunities available. After successful program completion, graduates are prepared to work as practitioners in acute, intermediate, long-term and ambulatory healthcare facilities.

Through a collaborative agreement with Saint Peter's University, the School of Nursing offers students in the RN program the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree (Health Science) in addition to the Diploma in Nursing from Holy Name.

Nursing students are subject to criminal background checks and urine drug screening policies. A positive criminal background or urine drug screen renders an individual ineligible for School of Nursing enrollment.

Nursing students must comply with the Mandatory Student Requirements to Participate in Clinical Activities Policy outlined in the RN Student Handbook.

Admission is granted through an application process. Admission to the RN program is once a year for a Fall semester start.

Nursing lecture and skills lab/simulation classes are held on the Englewood Cliffs campus. Clinical and selected simulation experiences are conducted at Holy Name Medical Center. Selected clinical experiences are held at other area healthcare facilities.


The Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing Registered Nurse Program (Diploma) is accredited by the:

New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: 973-504-6430

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 1- 404-975-5000

Federal Compliance

The Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Section 402 of the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974. The School of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, gender identity, handicap or military veteran status in any of its admission, education or employment policies, procedures or practices.

Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is in compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act Title IV and maintains eligibility and certification requirements.

Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as the Buckley Amendment).

This school is in compliance with Public Law 101-226 Drug Free Schools and Community Act, Public Law 101-542 Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, American with Disabilities Act, and The Student Right-to-Know Act.

The diploma in nursing program at Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing meets the state education requirements for a Registered Professional Nurse license in the state of New Jersey. Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing has not determined if the diploma in nursing Registered Nurse program at Holy Name Medical Center meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

Registered Nurse Program Philosophy

New Jersey Department of Education under Federal Public Laws 550 and 634

The faculty of Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing, in harmony with the mission of Holy Name Medical Center, believe our mission is to assist our community to achieve the highest level of health and wellness through education, prevention, and treatment. We accomplish this by promoting the worth and uniqueness of the learner. We enhance the learner's respect for the dignity, spiritual and cultural dimensions of the community by creating an environment where the development of each students' values and professional identity can be cultivated.

We believe that Nursing is a unique, humanitarian profession whose central purpose is assisting individuals and their families, maintain and maximize their health throughout the lifespan. We believe Learning occurs in a student-centered environment open to diversity, tolerant to differences, and grounded in equality and fairness to all. We believe Teaching, is facilitated by the educator, for the learners' acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for quality, safe, competent delivery of nursing practice. We Believe Health is a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization, 2014). We believe Human(s) are holistic beings, composed of bio/psycho/social/spiritual entities that make them unique and valued persons. We believe Environment is the collection of people, places, things, and conditions that surround us and affect our everyday lives.

The foundation for the curriculum is based on the principles of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, nursing informatics, evidence based practice, and professionalism. These principles have been identified as our end of program student learning outcomes. The faculty facilitate student's achievement of these principles through mentoring, teaching, and guiding students to develop competency in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care while they transition into the role of a professional nurse.

Registered Nurse Program Outcomes

Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes for Registered Nurse Diploma Program

At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Provide patient centered care recognizing the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patients' preferences, values, and needs.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional team, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  4. Use data to monitor outcomes of care processes, and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
  5. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through individualized performance, sound clinical judgement, and system effectiveness performance.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and the inherent values of advocacy, servant leadership, human dignity, and social justice in ethical practice.