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2016-2017 Catalogue 
2016-2017 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Executive Director of Nursing: Maureen O’Reilly

Program Coordinator: Karen S. Grafton; Professors: Margaret A. Carson, Caryn A. Sheehan; Associate Professors: Deborah McCarter-Spaulding, Antonia Nelson; Assistant Professor:, Pamela Preston-Safarz, Joanne Welch; Instructors: Ann L. Fournier,; Clinical Faculty Track (full-time): Laurie A. Bennett, Destiny Brady, Kathleen Cahill, Melinda Daigle, Alicia Law, Mary Jane McClure, , Joanna Parolin, Ellen Sanborn, Lynne Sheppard, Jane K. Sobolov; Nursing Lab Instructor:, Jenna Fredette, Clinical Nursing Faculty (part-time): Amber Bechard, Dana Bisson, Dawn Buzan,  Brenda Cooper, , Amy Dooley, Colleen Karen, Gretchen Kelley,  Jane Leonard, Martha Lynch, Michele Moreau, Nancy Spaulding, Shannon Sweeney, Kelly White.


The Philosophy of the Department of Nursing is consistent with the philosophy of Saint Anselm College, a Catholic liberal arts institution in the Benedictine tradition. The nursing program builds on the foundation of a liberal arts baccalaureate education and Christian/Catholic values and ethics. The Department of Nursing views nursing as a profession which utilizes both art and science in the provision of patient-centered care that is creative, goal-directed and evidence-based. The primary commitment of the nurse is to the health and well-being of the patient and society.


In keeping with the mission of Saint Anselm College and the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, the Mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate the Saint Anselm student nurse to become a professional who can:

  • think critically
  • provide safe, high quality care based on the most current evidence
  • utilize information technology
  • practice holistically and collaboratively while caring for diverse individuals, families, communities and populations
  • demonstrate leadership in a variety of settings
  • engage in service to others
  • pursue lifelong learning

General Information regarding the Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers three programs in nursing education: a generic Baccalaureate Program, an RN to BSN Degree Program, and a Continuing Nursing Education Program. The degree program in the Department leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. NU110 Introduction to Professional Nursing and NU238 Pathopharmacology I are the only nursing courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Approval, Accreditation, and Memberships

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Saint Anselm College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 887-6791.


The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing and approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

A candidate for admission to the nursing program is considered individually by the committee on admissions and must meet all college requirements. The high school transcript must show that the student has completed at least 10 of a total 16 units in the following areas: English, Mathematics, language, social, physical and biological sciences. A college preparatory chemistry course is required. The minimum mathematics requirement must include Algebra I & II and Geometry.

The nursing major at Saint Anselm College is a four-year program with a determined number of participating students. Therefore, the College limits the number of students accepted into the nursing program. Candidates interested in the nursing major should indicate this preference at the time of submitting an application. An Open House for senior high school students is conducted as part of the College Open House. Information may be obtained from the College Admissions Office.

Personal Qualifications: Personal qualities, such as maturity, sense of responsibility, emotional stability, integrity, respect for others, and moral character determine to a great degree whether a student will be successful in the field of nursing. Health status must meet all requirements of the nursing program. All students are required to have a criminal background check as part of the admission process.

Class Attendance: When enrolled in a nursing course, a student may not be absent without express permission of the program coordinator of the Department of Nursing or the faculty member involved. Absence from class or the clinical area will be excused only in case of illness or other serious cause. Make-up time for clinical absences is required.

Student Representation: Nursing majors serve as members on each standing committee of the department.

Cooperating Health Care Agencies: Numerous area health care agencies.

Student Expenses: Expenses for nursing majors are the same as for other students enrolled in the College with the following additional charges subject to adjustment: 1) Uniforms and equipment approximately $250; 2) Annual Student Liability Insurance Premium of approximately $20.00 commencing sophomore year, and 3) A clinical fee of approximately $930.00 per semester for each of the junior and senior years, and $470.00 for sophomore year, for second semester only; 4) Clinical absence make-up fee, background check fee.

Transportation: Each student must have use of a car as early as second semester sophomore year due to individual community and clinical assignments.

Health Requirements: Health and immunizations are monitored to meet the basic requirements of clinical affiliations and to assist in the maintenance of physical and emotional health necessary to meet the demands of the curriculum. Required immunizations include: Yearly TB (Mantoux) test (two step TB is required prior to entering the junior year); two doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR); Tetanus/Diphtheria/ Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years; Hepatitis B series. A Varicella titer, and a Hepatitis-B titer are required before entering sophomore year. Flu shots are mandatory for all nursing majors except for documented medical reasons. The flu shot can be obtained at the College Health Services for a small fee.

Any pre-existing health problems must be brought to the attention of the Executive Director of Nursing.  These problems remain the responsibility of the student and/or parents or guardians and may not interfere with the goals of the program.

Criminal Background Check: All students are required to have a criminal background check prior to entrance into the nursing program and annually. Some agencies require additional background checks.  Drug testing is mandatory prior to entering junior and senior year.

CPR Certification - By August 1st of the Sophomore year, nursing majors must provide evidence of completion of a CPR course for health care providers.

Hospitalization and Health Insurance: Neither Saint Anselm College nor the cooperating agencies provide student hospitalization or health insurance coverage. An insurance plan is available for the convenience of students who are not already enrolled in a family plan. Sophomore, junior and senior nursing majors must provide evidence of current health insurance coverage annually.

Class Standing and Promotion

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to progress in the nursing program.

(See webpage for additional requirements http://www.anselm.edu/Academics/Majors-and-Departments/Nursing.htm)


RN to BSN Program

Director of RN to BSN Program: Susan Kinney

Faculty:  Sarah Belisle, Laurie Bennett, Lenore Cortez, Susan Kinney, Karen Klucky, Jane Leonard, Kathleen Perrin, Pamela Preston-Safarz, Caryn Sheehan, Emily Sheff, Rosemary Theroux, Robert Augros, David Banach, Dan Daly, Charles Getchell, Tauna Sisco.


The Saint Anselm College Department of Nursing offers an RN to BSN program through a hybrid model. Hybrid courses combine on campus and online delivery methods; the combination of these learning methods provides flexibility for adult learners. Courses are taught over an 8 week period, and consist of two on campus meetings with the remaining course work completed online.

A maximum of 78 credits may be transferred from the Associate Degree program and other college level courses; the remaining 42 credits must be completed at Saint Anselm College to earn the BSN degree. Students are able to progress at their own pace, taking one or two courses every eight weeks.

The program content for the RN to BSN Degree has been developed from the framework of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2008). Essential competencies for the Nurse of the Future guide the content of the courses.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the RN to BSN program, students must be graduates of an accredited Associate Degree Nursing program with a final GPA of 2.75 or above, and hold a current registered nurse license.  Students may apply for admission throughout the year and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Diploma nurses will be reviewed on an individual basis.

To apply for admission students must submit the following:

  • Completed Saint Anselm College RN to BSN application (found on website)
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • Copy of Registered Nurse License
  • Statement of goals for obtaining a BSN degree
  • Written summary of nursing experience
  • Interview with Director of RN-to-BSN program