Registered Nursing (AAS)
The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Trocaire College has been educating compassionate, knowledgeable and devoted nurses to serve the greater Buffalo community for more than 50 years.  Our nursing students are grounded in Mercy traditions and armed with real-world clinical experiences at hospitals and healthcare facilities all over Buffalo, where they learn how to apply their hands-on laboratory skills and complex classroom fundamentals to situations they’ll face every day as they help heal Western New Yorkers. Nursing is a calling, and backed by their challenging, comprehensive and engaging Trocaire educations received in the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, our students are empowered to answer that calling and find careers where they make a difference every single day.

Registered nurses are often on the front lines of direct patient care in hospitals and most other healthcare facilities. There’s more need than ever before for well-educated and highly trained RNs, and Trocaire’s curriculum prioritizes the knowledge and skills needed to promote, maintain and restore health within our diverse and ever-changing healthcare system. Our immersive clinical placements allow students to gain hands-on experience in various settings and identify a career path they’re passionate about.

Resources
Nursing Admission Guidelines

Functional Abilities Technical Standards for Nursing Program


Accreditation Information

Trocaire College’s Registered Nursing AAS program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.
Phone: (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 Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750
  • 75 cumulative average with minimum grades of “C” in all courses for current & transfer students
  • All candidates for the Nursing program must take the ACCUPLACER test and the TEAS test
  • Algebra ACCUPLACER score of 58 or higher, Biology, and Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab is a pre-professional requirement that must be successfully completed prior to the first semester’s nursing course work
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required prior to clinical experiences
  • 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.

Application Review:

Applications for Transfer students will be reviewed as follows:

  • Applications are reviewed continuously and on a space-available basis.

Current Trocaire students will be reviewed for the Professional Component of the nursing program as follows:

  • Fall semester – beginning the second Friday in May
  • Spring semester – beginning the third Friday in December

Applications will continue to be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of at least 67 semester hours with a GPA of 2.0
  • General Education 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)
  • Program-Specific Requirements:*
    • NU110, NU112, NU114, NU115, NU116, NU122, NU 124, NU214, NU216, NU217, NU220, NU222
    • During their second years of study, students are required to take two major nursing courses each semester. To assist students in managing the academic load, classes for NU 124, NU216, NU217 and NU220 will begin before the regular semester begins and continues through mid-semester.
    • *A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in all courses. A “C-” grade is not acceptable.

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • English Composition
    3
    OR
    Advanced Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Health Assessment and Promotion
    1
  • Nursing Concepts
    5
  • Medication Essentials I
    1
  • Professional Issues I
    1
  • General Psychology
    3

Semester 1

19 /21

Semester 2

16

  • Introduction to Literature
    3
  • Health Restoration II
    5
  • Pediatric Nursing
    2
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    3
  • Principles of Sociology
    3

Semester 3

16

  • Professional Issues II
    0
  • Mental Health Nursing
    2
  • Health Restoration III
    7
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3

Semester 4

12

Bachelor of Science Degree with Major in Nursing (BS)
The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Trocaire College has been educating compassionate, knowledgeable and devoted nurses to serve the greater Buffalo community for more than 50 years. The Bachelors of Science with a major in nursing program is designed to prepare registered nurses with expanded role competencies and the leadership skills needed in today’s complex healthcare system. The program’s philosophy emphasizes the National League for Nursing (NLN) Framework (http://www.nln.org) identifying four competencies (2010).  These are Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry.

As a Bachelor prepared nurse you will be required to use critical reasoning and clinical judgment every day. Students will base their practice on evidence, from research and best practice standards of nursing. Additionally, you will demonstrate unwavering compassion and respect for human life. Some nurses see this as a calling to the profession of nursing. The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing program empowers students to answer that calling and find careers where they make a difference every single day.

Registered nurses looking to gain the leadership and management skills needed for advanced careers in nursing and increase their salary potential can turn to Trocaire’s Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing (BS). We emphasize nursing expertise beyond the clinical, such as patient education, health promotion, community health, healthcare across the lifespan, and technology integration. The program is flexible and convenient  for the working nurse—options include an online hybrid program.

Resources

BSN Student Handbook
Functional Abilities Technical Standards for Nursing Program


Accreditation Information

Trocaire College’s BS in Nursing program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.
Phone: (800) 669-1656, Ext. 153

Program Requirements

Program Requirements:

  • 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 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 BSN 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 of Nursing to be given to the Registrar.
  • The BSN 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 different BSN program.  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.

  • Pathophysiology
    3
  • Race, Gender, and Literature
    3
  • Statistical Methods
    3
  • Comprehensive Health Assessments for Nursing Practice
    4
  • Nursing Theory and Practice Issues
    3
  • Coping with Illness
    3

Semester 1

19

  • Nutrition & Wellness
    3
  • Introduction to Nursing Care Informatics
    2
  • Research Procedures in Nursing Practice
    3
  • Family Nursing Care Across a Lifespan
    3
  • Pharmacology for the Registered Nurse
    3
  • Sociology Of Health And Medicine
    3

Semester 2

17

  • Community Health Nursing: Individual and Family
    3
  • Leadership and Management for Professional Practice
    3
  • Organizational Psychology
    3

Semester 3

9

  • Multiculturalism
    3
  • Clinical Seminar
    2
  • Professional Nursing Syntheses / Clinical Capstone
    4
  • Philosophy of World Religions
    3
  • Social Psychology
    3

Semester 4

15

Practical Nursing (Certificate)
The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Trocaire College has been educating compassionate, knowledgeable and devoted nurses to serve the greater Buffalo community for more than 50 years.  Our nursing students are grounded in Mercy traditions and armed with real-world clinical experiences at hospitals and healthcare facilities all over Buffalo, where they learn how to apply their hands-on laboratory skills and complex classroom fundamentals to situations they’ll face every day as they help heal Western New Yorkers. Nursing is a calling, and backed by their challenging, comprehensive and engaging Trocaire educations received in the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, our students are empowered to answer that calling and find careers where they make a difference every single day.

Our Certificate in Practical Nursing prepares students to work as an integral part of a healthcare team in just 18 months. LPNS perform a variety of tasks and responsibilities within the framework of case finding, health teaching, and health counseling, and support patient care under the supervision of registered nurses and/or physicians. They are often employed in settings such as long-term care and rehab facilities, physician’s offices or home health care.

Resources

Practical Nursing Gainful Employment Information
Functional Abilities Technical Standards for Nursing Program


Accreditation Information

Trocaire College’s Practical Nursing Certificate program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
Phone: (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 Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School diploma (minimum 75% average) or GED diploma with a minimum score of 2500
  • 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.
  • Biology or Chemistry
  • Minimum cumulative average of 2.5 with minimum grades of “C” in all coursework for current and transfer students.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training is required for clinical experiences—due first week of classes
  • 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. Students should speak with an admissions counselor or the Program Director prior to registration to ensure they understand all academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • A total of at least 48 semester hours with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  • General Education:*
    • Social Sciences (PSY101, SOC101)
    • College Seminar (GS100) or College Success
    • (GS102), Humanities
    • (EN 101), Natural Science
    • (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L)
  • Program Specific Requirements:*
    • NU114, NU115, PN104, PN105, PN106, PN107
    • A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required in all courses

Semester 1

14 /16

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Medication Essentials I
    1
  • Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
    7
  • Practical Nursing II
    7

Semester 2

19

  • Medication Essentials II
    1
  • Practical Nursing III
    7
  • Practical Nursing IV
    7

Semester 3

15