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School FAQs

The Application Process

Transfer of College Courses for Credit

Classes and Clinical Experiences

Traveling to Classes and Clinical

Acceditation

About the Application Process

How do I apply?

You may contact the School of Nursing at the address or telephone below and request that an application be sent to you, or you may apply online or contact us at: stephanie.koerner@franciscanalliance.org. You will need 2 official high school transcripts and 2 official transcripts from each and every college you have attended. In addition to those, you will also need 3 letters of reference from people who have knowledge and or experience with you in an academic or personal work setting.

Admissions Office
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
1508 Tippecanoe Street
Lafayette IN 47904-2198
765-423-6400

When should I apply?

We encourage everyone who is interested in applying to the School of Nursing's Program to do so as soon as possible. In order to make that admission decision we must have a completed Application File which must include two (2) official copies of your high school transcripts and GED (if applicable) and two (2) official transcripts from all colleges attended, an official Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) transcript with a minimum level of Proficient, as well as three (3) letters of reference.

The School of Nursing operates on a rolling admissions basis as clinical spaces are filled.  Once clinical spots are full for a term we will offer applicants admission to the next available term.

What if I only have my GED?

We will accept an Applicant with a GED (General Educational Development) as proof of high school equivalency. An overall standard score of 500 or higher in each of the five test areas with no individual score being lower than 450 is recommended. As part of the application process you must submit two (2) official copies of your GED scores and two (2) official copies of your transcripts from any high school you did attend even though you may not have graduated from that school.

I've never had high school chemistry/I was bad at math. Can I still apply?

Yes. However, we might recommend that you start at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing-Saint Joseph's College as a non-clinical student your first semester. Since we want you to be successful, this will allow you to focus on Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and Core and possibly go into clinical nursing your second semester.

To be eligible to enter a Nursing Clinical Track from a non-nursing admission status, you must have a St. Elizabeth School of Nursing-Saint Joseph's College cumulative-GPA of 2.67 or better.

About Transfer of College Courses for Credit

Will all my classes from another college transfer?

Yes they will transfer. They do not transfer if it is not an applicable course or you scored lower than a passing grade per established policy. We do not require math as a course, so those credits will not transfer. Some examples of college level courses that more than likely would be considered for transfer are: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Chemistry with a lab, Microbiology with a lab, Statistics and one semester of Spanish.

I already have a degree. How soon can I finish your program?

With a Bachelor's degree you will be exempt from Cores 1-9 (36 credits) and can complete the program in approximately 24 months for those who begin in fall semester.

About Classes and Clinical Experiences

Do I have to go to Rensselaer for any classes?

Yes. All freshmen level nursing courses and lectures are held on the campus of Saint Joseph's College as well as Cores 1 and 2, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology and Chemistry.

Nursing classes and lectures of the second year and above are held on the St. Elizabeth campus in Lafayette, as well as the Biology courses of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. Cores 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are also held on the STE campus.

Do I have to choose or find my own clinical sites?

No. The nursing faculty of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing have selected clinical sites that best provide good learning opportunities for students based on the various content objectives of the course in which you are enrolled. Such sites include hospitals and nursing-long term care agencies in Lafayette, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lebanon, Monticello, Logansport, as well as Lafayette community agencies and schools. Each semester varies depending on the clinical sites that are already utilized for clinical nursing.

About Traveling to Classes and Clinical

How far is it to Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer from Lafayette?

Approximately 45 miles.

Will I need my own car or is transportation provided?

The student is responsible for all of their own transportation at their own cost. This includes any travel to and from your home or campus for classes and clinical agencies. So, Yes, you will need to have access to a car since there is no reliable public transportation that may get you to and from your home or campus to class or clinical. In some cases students do arrange for car pooling with each other.

Are the Saint Joseph's College and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing campuses on the same time?

Actually, No, they are in different time zones. Saint Joseph's College campus in Rensselaer in on Central Time all year (Central Standard Time [CST] from approximately November to March and Central Daylight Time [CDT] from March to November), whereas St. Elizabeth School of Nursing at its Lafayette campus is on Eastern Time all year (Eastern Standard Time [EST] from approximately November to March and Eastern Daylight Time [EDT] from March to November). For example, when it is 9:00 AM on the Saint Joseph's College campus in Rensselaer, it is 10:00 AM on the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing campus in Lafayette.

 

About Accreditation and Licensure

Saint Joseph’s College (College) and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (School) are legally two separate institutions, however the nursing curriculum is offered as a Cooperative Program between Saint Joseph’s College and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. As such upon completion of study, the graduate is awarded a BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) degree from Saint Joseph’s College and the DIPLOMA IN NURSING from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.

This Cooperative Curriculum of Saint Joseph’s College and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing has been reviewed and approved by the Indiana Board of Nursing (ISBN) under its authorization for Approval of Schools of Nursing and continues to recognize St. Elizabeth School of Nursing as a State Board of Nursing Approved School of Nursing. (Approved July 15, 2004) Due to the structure of the Cooperative Agreement between Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health (d/b/a St. Elizabeth School of Nursing) and Saint Joseph’s College, the College is not required to hold a separate approval status from the ISBN but is offering an ISBN-approved nursing curriculum by means of the Cooperative Agreement.

St. Elizabeth School of Nursing (as a legal entity of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health [FSEH]) is thus approved by the Indiana Board of Nursing to award a DIPLOMA and thus allows the graduates of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing to apply for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure for Examination as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). In addition, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) formally known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) as a DIPLOMA program. When graduates of the Cooperative Nursing Program apply for Licensure by Examination (NCLEX), the State Approved School to be designated on the NCLEX application is St. Elizabeth School of Nursing – Lafayette IN as a Diploma program.

Saint Joseph’s College (governed by its own Board of Directors and incorporation) is accredited by the Regional Accrediting Commission of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is through this accreditation that Saint Joseph’s College is authorized to grant degrees as an Accredited College including the BSN degree. The baccalaureate program in nursing (BSN) at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) effective as of November 12, 2012. For more information about CCNE or the programs accreditation go to: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Graduates who have the BSN degree from Saint Joseph’s College have been successful in being admitted to graduate programs in nursing, depending on the comprehensive qualifications of the candidate (applicant) relative to the graduate nursing program’s admission criteria (i.e., grade point average, work experiences, references, etc).