Nursing

Nursing

  • Real-life experience
  • 2+2 program
  • State-of-the-art Labs
  • Small Clinical Groups
  • Over 50 years of teaching
  • PN, A.A.S. & Bachelor programs

Trocaire College is recognized for excellence in undergraduate nursing education for over fifty years.  We prepare students to provide caring, holistic and quality nursing services to diverse populations.

We prepare students for many levels of nursing - practical nursing certificate, associate degree registered nursing and a 2+2 bachelor degree nursing program.

The Practical Nursing Program will prepare the graduate for a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Licensed practical nurses function as an integral and important part of the health team, providing patient care under the supervision of registered nurses.

The licensed practical nurse performs tasks and responsibilities within the framework of case finding, health teaching, and health counseling and provides supportive and restorative care under the direction of a registered professional nurse or licensed physician.

Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of WNY health care settings including hospitals and community health care agencies. (Transportation to and from the College and/or clinical affiliates is the responsibility of the individual student).

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) is required for all students before beginning Fundamentals of Practical Nursing (PN104) - due first week of classes.

The program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (800) 669-1656, Ext. 153.  At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurse licensure.

 

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School diploma (minimum 75% average) or GED diploma with a minimum score of 2500
  2. Algebra requirement - the algebra requirement is met when students achieve a score of 58 or above on the algebra section of the ACCUPLACER test; students who do not achieve a score of 58 or above must take MA097 or an equivalent course.
  3. Biology or Chemistry
  4. Minimum cumulative average of 2.5 with minimum grades of "C" in all coursework for current and transfer students.
  5. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required for clinical experiences - due first week of classes
  6. Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a "pre-professional" component. Admittance into the "professional" component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards and are also ranked for admission in nursing programs based on an overall GPA and grades in Anatomy and Physiology I.Students should speak with an admissions counselor or Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

Minimum Certificate Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 48 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  2. Core Curriculum requirements:*
    Social Sciences (PSY101, SOC101)

    College Seminar (GS100) or College Success
    (GS102), Humanities
    (EN 101), Natural Science
    (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L)

  3. Program Requirements:*

    NU114, NU115, PN104, PN105, PN106, PN107


A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required in all courses

**When a nursing student completes an application for licensure and first registration as a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse, questions are asked by the State Education Department about conviction of a crime and pending charges. These questions appear on the application form. If the answers are in the affirmative, there is an automatic referral to the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline and the case is assigned to an investigator. Depending on the results of the investigation, the case may or may not require a hearing. The National Counsel Licensure Examination may be taken. However, the licensing process and issuance of a license will be held until the process described above is completed.

CurriculumCurriculum

Semester 1

14.0 / 16.0 Credits
EN101 or EN 200 English Composition or Advanced Composition 3
BIO130/130L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
PSY101 General Psychology 3
SOC101 Principles of Sociology 3

Semester 2

19.0 Credits
BIO131/131L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
NU114 Medication Essentials I 1
PN104 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 7
PN105 Practical Nursing II 7

Semester 3

15.0 Credits
NU115 Medication Essentials II 1
PN106 Practical Nursing III 7
PN107 Practical Nursing IV 7

Contact

Certificate
Hegis Code Number 5209.20
, Ed.D., M.S., RN, CNE, CCS
Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing
716-827-2462
Room 247C

The Nursing Program at Trocaire College offers a curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The Program focus is on theory and clinical experiences to prepare the graduate for a beginning level of professional practice within a diverse and changing health care system.

The curriculum emphasizes knowledge and skills needed to promote, maintain or restore health. It prepares the graduate to provide and manage care in structured settings for clients across the life span.

The Nursing program is offered either in the day or in the evening. The evening curriculum is identical in content to the day curriculum. However, the evening curriculum is distributed over a 6 semester (3 year) time period including two summer sessions. In addition to the regularly scheduled evening experiences, selected clinical laboratory experiences for both day and evening programs are scheduled during daytime/weekend hours. These clinical days provide a comprehensive experience of nursing care activities which occur during the day.

Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of WNY health care settings including hospitals and community health care agencies. (Transportation to and from the College and/or the clinical affiliates is the responsibility of the individual student).

During the second year, students are required to take two major nursing courses in each semester. To assist students in managing the academic load, classes for NU 124,  NU216, NU217and NU220 will begin before the regular semester begins and continues through mid-semester. Classes will begin in early August for the Fall semester and the first week of January for the Spring semester.

The program includes a strong base in liberal arts. This enables the student to discover and confront their own values, beliefs and ideas and to sharpen their skills of critical analysis and expression. Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and decision making skills as they participate in their own learning experiences.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) is required for all students before beginning NU112 and certification must remain current throughout the program.

The program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (800) 669-1656, Ext. 153.  At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurse licensure.

 

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

 

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or

    GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750

  2. Algebra Accuplacer score of 58 or higher, Biology, and Chemistry

  3. 2.75 cumulative average with minimum grades of "C" in all courses for current & transfer students

  4. All candidates for the Nursing program must take the Accuplacer test and the TEAS test

  5. Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab is a pre-professional requirement that must be successfully completed prior to the first semester's nursing course work

  6. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate is required for clinical experiences

  7. Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a "pre-professional" component. Admittance into the "professional" component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards and are also ranked for admission to the nursing programs based on their cumulative grade point average, grades in Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab, and the TEAS scores - see Ranking Criteria for the Professional Component.  Students should speak with an admissions counselor or the Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

  8. Students who have completed the pre-professional component of the Nursing program must be aware of the following deadlines:
  • Applicants who anticipate beginning their studies in Spring or Summer - all materials must be submitted by the 1st Monday in October.
  • Applicants who anticipate beginning their studies in Fall - all materials must be submitted by the 1st Monday in March.

Applications will continue to be reviewed on a space availability basis.


Minimum Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 67 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  2. Core Curriculum Requirements:*

    College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102) 
    Humanities (EN101, EN102)
    Natural Science (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO223/223L)
    Philosophy (PH103, PH205)
    Social Science (PSY101, PSY102, SOC101)

  3. Program Requirements:*

    NU110, NU112, NU114, NU115, NU116, NU122, NU 124, NU214, NU216, NU217, NU220, NU222

 

*A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required in all courses. A "C-" grade is not acceptable.

** When a nursing student completes an application for licensure and first registration as a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse, questions are asked by the State Education Department about conviction of a crime and pending charges. These questions appear on the application form. If the answers are in the affirmative, there is an automatic referral to the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline and the case is assigned to an investigator. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the case may or may not require a hearing. The National Council Licensure Examination may be taken. However, the licensing process and issuance of a license will be held until the process described above is completed.

CurriculumCurriculum

Pre Professional Requirement

4.0 Credits
BIO130/130L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4

Semester 1

19.0 / 21.0 Credits
BIO131/131L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
EN101 or EN200 English Composition or Advanced Composition 3
GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
NU110 Health Assessment & Promotion 1
NU112 Nursing Concepts 5
NU114 Medication Essentials I 1
NU116 Professional Issues I 1
PSY101 General Psychology 3

Semester 2

16.0 Credits
BIO223/223L Microbiology/Lab 4
NU115 Medication Essentials II 1
NU122 Health Restoration I 6
NU124 Maternal Newborn Nursing 2
PSY102 Developmental Psychology 3

Semester 3

16.0 Credits
EN102 Introduction to Literature 3
NU214 Health Restoration II 5
NU217 Pediatric Nursing 2
PH103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
SOC101 Principles of Sociology 3

Semester 4

12.0 Credits
NU216 Professional Issues II 0
NU220 Mental Health Nursing 2
NU222 Health Restoration III 7
PH205 Ethics in Health Care 3

Contact

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Hegis Code Number 5208.10
, Ed.D., M.S., RN, CNE, CCS
Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing
716-827-2462
Room 247C

The Nursing Program is offered in the evening for individuals who are interested in pursuing an Associate Degree Nursing Program on a part-time basis.

The evening section is identical in content to the day section program. The program consists of 67 credit hours distributed over a 6 semester (3 year) time period, including two summer sessions. In addition to the regularly scheduled evening experiences, selected clinical laboratory experiences are scheduled during daytime/weekend hours. These clinical days provide a comprehensive experience of nursing care activities which occur during the day.

During the second year, students are required to take two major nursing courses in each semester. To assist students in managing the academic load, classes for NU 124,  NU216, NU217and NU220 will begin before the regular semester begins and continues through mid-semester. Classes will begin in early August for the Fall semester and the first week of January for the Spring semester.

Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of participating agencies. Transportation to and from the College and/or the clinical affiliates is the responsibility of the individual student.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) is required for all students before beginning Nursing 112.

The Program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (800) 669-1656, Ext. 153). At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurse licensure.

 

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

 

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or

    GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750

  2. Algebra Accuplacer score of 58 or higher, Biology, and Chemistry

  3. 2.75 cumulative average with minimum grades of "C" in all courses for current & transfer students

  4. All candidates for the Nursing program must take the Accuplacer test and the TEAS test

  5. Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab is a pre-professional requirement that must be successfully completed prior to the first semester's nursing course work

  6. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate is required of all students before NU112 and must remain current throughout the program.

  7. Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a "pre-professional" component. Admittance into the "professional" component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards and are also ranked for admission to the nursing programs based on their cumulative grade point average, grades in Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab, and the TEAS scores - see Ranking Criteria for the Professional Component.  Students should speak with an admissions counselor or the Program Director prior to registration to insure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

  8. Students who have completed the pre-professional component of the Nursing program must be aware of the following deadlines:
  • Applicants who anticipate beginning their studies in Spring or Summer - all materials must be submitted by the 1st Monday in October.
  • Applicants who anticipate beginning their studies in Fall - all materials must be submitted by the 1st Monday in March.

Applications will continue to be reviewed on a space availability basis.

 

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of at least 67 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  2. Core Curriculum Requirements:* 
    Humanities (EN101, EN102) 
    Natural Science (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L, BIO223/223L) 
    Philosophy (PH103, PH205) 

    Social Science (PSY101, PSY102, SOC101)                                                                              
    College Seminar (GS 100) or College Success (GS102)

  3. Program Requirements:* NU110, NU112, NU114, NU115, NU116, NU122, NU124, NU214, NU216, NU217, NU220, NU222

 

*A minimum grade of "C" is required in these courses. A “C-” grade is not acceptable.

** When a nursing student completes an application for licensure and first registration as a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse, questions are asked by the State Education Department about conviction of a crime and pending charges. These questions appear on the application form. If the answers are in the affirmative, there is an automatic referral to the State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline and the case is assigned to an investigator. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the case may or may not require a hearing. The National Council Licensure Examination may be taken. However, the licensing process and issuance of a license will be held until the process described above is completed.

CurriculumCurriculum

Semester 1

11.0 / 13.0 Credits
BIO130/130L Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 4
EN101 EN200 English Composition or Advanced Composition 3
GS100 or GS102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3
PSY101 General Psychology 3

Semester 2

10.0 Credits
BIO131/131L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
EN102 Introduction to Literature 3
PSY102 Developmental Psychology 3

Semester 3

7.0 Credits
BIO223/223L Microbiology/Lab 4
PH103 Introduction to Philosophy 3

Semester 4

8.0 Credits
NU110 Health Assessment & Promotion 1
NU112 Nursing Concepts 5
NU114 Medication Essentials I 1
NU116 Professional Issues I 1

Semester 5

9.0 Credits
NU115 Medication Essentials II 1
NU122 Health Restoration I 6
NU124 Maternal Newborn Nursing 2

Semester 6

6.0 Credits
PH205 Ethics in Health Care 3
SOC101 Principles of Sociology 3

Semester 7

7.0 Credits
NU214 Health Restoration II 5
NU217 Pediatric Nursing 2

Semester 8

9.0 Credits
NU216 Professional Issues II 0
NU220 Mental Health Nursing 2
NU222 Health Restoration III 7

Contact

 

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Hegis Code Number 5208.10
, Ed.D., M.S., RN, CNE, CCS
Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing
716-827-2462
Room 247C

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing was created to provide Registered Nurses with strong leadership skills in collaborating with clients, other professional groups, and the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining and restoring health. The Program extends beyond the clinical aspects of nursing to provide a background in patient education, health promotion, community health, healthcare across the lifespan, and technology integration. Graduates of this program will base their practice on theories, critical thinking, and research findings from nursing science as well as other disciplines. Courses, all of which are offered as distance education in the hybrid or blended format, are designed specifically for the registered nurse, drawing from, and expanding upon real-life professional  nursing experiences. A maximum of three on-campus classes may be offered in a select number of courses. The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing can be completed in as few as 16 months of full-time study.

Scheduling of clinical experiences is flexible to accommodate work hours and other lifestyle requirements.  Clinical assignments are self-designed and meet New York State regulations as well as Federal government guidelines for credit hours. Students are able to complete clinical assignments at pre-approved facilities in their community. However, for students completing clinical experiences at a site where they are currently employed, such experiences may only take place on units or within departments of the healthcare facility which are physically and/or functionally distinct from the student’s worksite.

The program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (800) 669-1656, Ext. 153.

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

  • Applicants must hold an Associate's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution.  Applicants who  have graduated from a program that is not accredited, but which is approved and registered with the New York State Education Department, are also eligible for admission. 
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in their prior nursing program, and must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses.  Applicants who have a GPA below 2.50 may be considered for the Baccalaureate in Nursing program if they have extensive clinical experience or extenuating circumstances.
  • Students who have graduated from an Associate's degree in nursing program, but have not obtained their nursing license, may be admitted to the program and allowed to take any or all courses offered in the first semester of study only.  Students may not progress to the second semester of study without an RN license which must be submitted to the Dean or Associate Dean of Nursing to be given to the Registrar.
  • The Baccalaureate in Nursing program requires a total of 123 academic credits for completion.  Sixty-three of these credits must be in nursing and the remainder in the liberal arts/general education courses.  Candidates may transfer up to a total of 33 nursing credits.   Exceptions may be granted to students transferring from a baccalaureate degree program in nursing.  Liberal arts credits have no limit for transfer and are based on individual transcripts.  Graduates of diploma nursing programs will be granted 33 transfer credits in nursing and must complete the Liberal Arts requirements.

CurriculumCurriculum

Semester 1

16.0 Credits
NU300 Comprehensive Health Assessment for Nursing Practice 4
NU318 Nursing Theory & Practice Issues 3
BIO333 Pathophysiology 3
EN304 Race,Gender & Literature 3
MA200 Statistical Methods 3

Semester 2

14.0 Credits
NU304 Introduction to Nursing Care Informatics 2
NU308 Research Procedures in Nursing Practice 3
NU310 Family Nursing Care Across a Lifespan 3
BIO208 General Nutrition & Wellness 3
SOC301 Sociology of Health and Medicine 3

Semester 3

15.0 Credits
NU402 Community Health Nursing 3
NU450 Leadership & Management for Professional Practice 3
NU470 Pharmacology for the Registered Nurse 3
PSY303 Organizational Psychology 3
SOC311 Coping with Illness 3

Semester 4

15.0 Credits
NU484 Clinical Seminar 2
NU486 Professional Nursing Synthesis / Clinical Capstone 4
GS499 Multiculturalism 3
PH301 Philosophy of World Religions 3
PSY315 Social Psychology 3

Contact

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Hegis Code Number 1203.10
Dr. Susan Lombardo Ph.D., RN, Associate Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing
716-827-2407
Room 255

Nursing Faculty

Martha Bronstein

Mary Ann Deb

Dr. Carol Fanutti, Ed.D., RN, Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Maria Lalley

Dr. Cynthia Leffel

Dr. Susan Lombardo

Dr. Sharon Mang

Non-Nursing Faculty

Dr. Kimberly Bailey

Dr. Santosh Bhattarai

Dr. Susan Desai

Dr. Susan Horrocks

Dr. Robert Kieffer

Dr. Susan Maloney

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Ph.D., MBA, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies

Dr. Solomon Nelson

Diane Wickham