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Students interested in receiving additional information about Trinitas School of Nursing or receiving an application should contact Union County College. The Cranford campus number is 908-709-7518; the Elizabeth campus phone number is 908-965-6050. Additional information is also available at www.trinitasschoolofnursing.org

Program Learning Outcomes: Graduate Competencies The Graduate will:

  • Demonstrate the role of the nurse within a variety of health care settings.
  • Act as a client advocate by recognizing the uniqueness and dignity of individuals, families, and groups by providing culturally competent care.
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide safe, competent, contemporary care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan.
  • Engage in the continuous process of life-long learning and development within a dynamic society.
  • Demonstrate accountability by adhering to ethical guidelines and legal standards in the practice of nursing.
  • Teach practices related to the prevention of illness and the promotion and restoration of health to individuals, families and groups.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to facilitate the highest level of health for individuals, families and groups.
  • Utilize effective interpersonal, verbal, non-verbal and written skills when interacting with individuals, families and groups.
  • Demonstrate competence and accountability in using current technology to communicate and manage client information in the planning and provision of nursing care.
  • Employ clinical decision making/critical thinking in nursing.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of the health care system.
Fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, the program offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in nursing, biological, behavioral and social sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health and illness continuum of client care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students’ learning. The curriculum has many options from which to select in order to complete the program of study.
Students may matriculate as full-time or part-time students in the Generic or LPN to RN division. A student who pursues a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic work per semester is classified as full-time. A student who pursues less than 12 credit hours of academic work per semester is classified as part-time.
Generic students have a maximum of six years to complete the nursing program from the time of acceptance and three and one half years from the time they enroll in NURE 130. LPN to RN students have a maximum of three years to complete the program from the time they enroll in NURE 211/212.
The courses in the generic track are offered during the day, evening, and weekend time frames. Students have the option of taking day, evening and weekend college courses simultaneously.
General education, science, and humanities courses may be taken at the Elizabeth, Plainfield or Cranford campuses of Union County College while nursing courses are offered at the School of Nursing on the Elizabeth campus. All students are subject to the same school policies and academic regulations.
The RN completion evening division is specifically designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to further their nursing education within a realistic time frame. Custom designed courses build on existing knowledge, skills, and strengths and provide an opportunity to pursue career goals without undue repetition of previous learning. 
Generic Track:
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • High school biology and chemistry
  • Completion of College Placement test
LPN to RN Track:
  • Graduation from an approved School of Practical Nursing
  • Current LPN License
  • Completion of College Placement test
  • GPA 2.5 
Curriculum Designs: 
Keyboarding and Computer Skills for Nursing (ADM110) are required competencies for entrance into NURE 130 effective January 2014, and September 2014 for NURE 211/212.
A challenge examination is available for ADM 110.  Students should be proficient in keyboarding and the current version of Word and PowerPoint.  Challenge examinations are given once a month with additional dates two weeks prior to the start of every semester.
Refer to the Challenge Examination section in the Union County College catalog for the challenge examination policy. For examination dates and additional information regarding the ADM 110 challenge examination, please call Professor Belmonte at 908-709-7095.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.

NURE Consideration information and forms can be found  on trinitasschoolofnursing.org website


Generic Track

Day and Evening Divisions
NURE 130 is offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions. NURE 131, 132, 231, and 232 are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Semester I

BIO 105 - Anatomy and Physiology I
CHE 114 - Principles of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry*
ENG 101 - English Composition I
NURE 130 - Nursing Trends and Concepts

Semester II

BIO 106 - Anatomy and Physiology II
PSY 101 - General Psychology
NURE 131 - Nursing I

Semester III

BIO 108 - Microbiology
PSY 204 - Human Life Span Development
NURE 132 - Nursing II

Semester IV

ENG 102 - English Composition II
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
NURE 231 - Nursing III

Semester V

NURE 232 - Nursing IV
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement

A total of 75 credits for a professional nursing program is within the standard of professional nursing programs. In NJ the range of total credits for Associate Degree and Diploma programs is 67-75 credits.

*Effective September 2015 only CHE 114 will be accepted as a graduation requirement. Prior to September 2015 either CHE 114 or CHE 105 will be accepted for graduation.

LPN to RN Curriculum

RN Completion Program for LPNs:
NURE courses are offered in the evening in this division.


BIO 105 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 106 - Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 108 - Microbiology
CHE 105 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences OR CHE 113/114
ENG 101 - English Composition I
ENG 102 - English Composition II
PSY 101 - General Psychology
PSY 204 - Human Life Span Development
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology Humanities
ADM 110 - Keyboarding and Computer Skills for Nursing

Semester I - Fall Semester Only

NURE 211 - Bridge to Professional Nursing Core Concepts
NURE 212 - Health and Physical Assessment

Semester II - Spring Semester Only

NURE 250 - Nursing Care of the Client with a Medical/ Surgical Health Deviation

Semester III - Summer Session

NURE 260/270 - Nursing Care of Children and their Families and Nursing Care of Women and the Childbearing Family

Semester IV - Fall Semester Only

NURE 280/290 - Nursing Care of the Client with Mental Illness and Nursing Care of the Client with a Complex Multi-System Medical-Surgical Health Deviation
NURE 291 - Leadership and Management Seminar

ALL BUY-BACK CREDITS ARE TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR NURE 211-212 for the LPN to RN student and NURE 232 for the generic student.

A minimum of six (6) students must be registered in order to run a section of a clinical nursing course. Exceptions may be made for NURE 232 and NURE 290/NURE 291.

For BSN study, CHE 113, CHE 114; MAT 127; and HIS 101, 102 are recommended.

Career Options

Graduates of these programs can either work in the Nursing/Health professions or continue their educational pursuits. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurse licensure. Upon licensure graduates may seek employment in the nursing/ health care field or continue their educational pursuits.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Science Degree

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