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Nursing B.S.N.

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Nursing, B.S.N.

Overview

Overview

Programs offered in the School of Nursing for undergraduate students include:

  • A four-year bachelor of science in nursing program
  • A bachelor of science in nursing program for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma and a current, unrestricted license.

All programs are registered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Clinical affiliations are conducted with a majority of the health care institutions in Western New York. Additional information on graduate level programs is available in the D'Youville College Graduate and Professional Degree Programs Academic Catalog.

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing — B.S.N.

This four-year bachelor of science in nursing program prepares graduates for the NCLEX Professional Nursing Licensing Examination. A minimum of 121 credits are required for the B.S.N. degree. The community-based curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for the 21st century. The clinical experience emphasizes evidence based practice and interprofessional collaboration. Clinical nursing courses begin in the second year while students are completing the prerequisite science courses and core liberal arts courses. The strong clinical preparation is acquired through a variety of clinical experiences.

Courses

Course Requirements

Nursing
Nursing Degree: B.S.N.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 110

Population Based Nursing

The history, scope of practice and role of nursing as it relates to preventive health practices and health promotion are introduced. A broad population focused perspective on factors that affect the health of the public, including systems thinking, health and safety, and cultural sensitivity concepts is presented. Epidemiologic factors, health surveillance, and the health-illness continuum are explored. Healthy People National Goals and Objectives are introduced through a service learning component. Prerequisite: Nursing Major

Prequisites: None

3
NUR 210

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider in terms of assessing the health status of individuals from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds across the life span. Strong emphasis is placed on the application of communication techniques to establish a nurse-patient relationship and to elicit a health history. The course also focuses on the use of physical assessment techniques, namely inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Assessment findings will be analyzed to identify the health needs of individuals in relation to health promotion. Students are introduced to the role of the nurse as consumer of research as it applies to health assessment and health promotion. Strategies to facilitate patient empowerment and self-responsibility are presented. The outcomes of this course will reflect not only students' level of skill in performing health assessments but also in communicating assessment findings using professional documentation standards.

Prequisites: NUR-210L, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L PSY-203, BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-280, (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112) or(CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

4
NUR 210L

Health Assessment Lab

On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210. Corequisite: NUR-210L.

Prequisites: NUR-210;

0
NUR 240

Fundamentals of Nursing

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as the direct care provider utilizing the nursing process when planning care for individuals across the lifespan. Strong emphasis is placed on the understanding of the theory required to safely perform technical nursing skills. Students will analyze patient scenarios to identify the nursing skills necessary to provide quality nursing care. Focus is on the patient-centered approach, which considers physiological, developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs, and preferences of the patient.

Prequisites: NUR-240L, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L PSY-203, BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-280, (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112 or(CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

4
NUR 240L

Fundamentals Lab

On-campus laboratory course to accompany NUR-210 Corequisite: NUR-240

Prequisites: NUR-240

0
NUR 260

Nursing Care of the Older Adult ChronicConditions

This course introduces the student to major concepts related to the care of the older adult patient with chronic illness in a variety of settings. The course will explore theories and concepts related to the aging process in health and illness based upon Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Students will utilize evidence-based practice in the prevention of complications related to chronic disease. Students will employ a wide variety of leading health indicators via assessment tools, evidence-based protocols and standards. Patient safety and prevention of complications related to chronicity will be emphasized. Students will be provided clinical experiences in a variety of settings. Students will develop the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare disciplines in providing safe, competent and ethical patient care.

Prequisites: BIO-208 BIO-208L NUR-110 NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-240 NUR-240L NUR-280, NUR-285

5
NUR 260L

Nursing Care of the Older Adult LabChronic Conditions Lab

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-360. Corequisite: NUR-360.

Prequisites: NUR-260

0
NUR 280

Pathophysiology for Nursing

This course provides an in-depth study of abnormal physiology with emphasis on nursing implications related to pathologic processes affecting patients across the lifespan. The major body systems and related pathology are explored. Focus is on etiology, manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of disease from a patient-centered nursing perspective.

Prequisites: Nur-110, BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L , (CHE-114 CHE-114L) or (CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-112 or(CHE-101 CHE-101L BIO-303) or (CHE-111 CHE-112 CHE-113L)

3
NUR 285

Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

This course focuses on the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team responsible for the management of health problems using pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Major classifications of pharmacologic agents are presented. Emphasis is on patient response across the lifespan, with the goal of preparing students to administer these agents in a knowledgeable, safe, and therapeutic manner.

Prequisites: Nur-280 Bio-208 Bio-208L

3
NUR 360

Nursing Care of the Adult Acute andChronic Health Conditions

This course builds on concepts learned in previous courses and emphasizes care of the adult with acute medical/surgical health conditions utilizing Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. Students will provide quality care for acute care patients from admission through discharge with emphasis on patient education and health promotion. Students will practice in a variety of clinical settings and laboratory simulations. Students will enhance their ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare disciplines in providing safe, competent and ethical patient care.

Prequisites: NUR-260 NUR-260L NUR-285, NUR-360L NUR-380

7
NUR 360L

Nursing Care Lab

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-360. Corequisite: NUR-360.

Prequisites: NUR-360

0
NUR 380

Evidence Based Practice

This course is an introduction to the nursing role related to evidence-based practice. Content includes how evidence-based practice contributes to the development of nursing knowledge, improves nursing practice, supports design of nursing systems, and enhances education and professional accountability. The historical evolution of nursing research and evidence-based practice is examined and current issues are analyzed. Ethical considerations and rights of human subjects are explored. As a consumer of evidence-based practice, the student develops the ability to integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

Prequisites: NUR-210 NUR-210L NUR-240 NUR-240L or be in the RN toBSN online nursing program.

3
NUR 470

Concepts in Community and Mental HealthNursing Care

This course focuses on community and population-based care and mental health needs of developmentally, culturally, and spiritually diverse individuals, families, and groups. Emphasis is on utilization of critical thinking, nursing interventions, effective communication, and patient education within mental health and community health settings. Physical and behavioral adaptation is emphasized in the context of a community/mental health continuum and a social systems framework.

Prequisites: NUR-360 NUR-360L NUR-380, NUR-470L

6
NUR 470L

Concepts in Community and Mental HealthNursing Care

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-470. Corequisite: NUR-470.

Prequisites: NUR-470

0
NUR 471

Nursing Care of Child Bearing andChildrearing Families

The focus of this course is the role of the professional nurse as a direct care provider, advocate, and collaborative partner in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health for childbearing and childrearing families. Learning activities emphasize identification of health-related needs and planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, patient centered care. The nurse’s role as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team in a variety of settings is explored. Utilization of informatics and recognition of system effectiveness are incorporated in order to facilitate safe, quality care and optimum health outcomes.

Prequisites: NUR-360 NUR-360L NUR-380, NUR-471L

6
NUR 471L

Nursing Care of Child Bearing andChildrearing Families

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-471 Corequisite: NUR-471.

Prequisites: NUR-471

0
NUR 480

Nursing Care of Patients With Hlth Needs

This course focuses on concepts related to the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors for the patient requiring complex nursing care. These concepts are built from previous courses and applied to the care of patients experiencing advanced or complicated health alterations. The course integrates evidence-based practice, informatics, interdisciplinary teamwork, safety and patient centered care.

Prequisites: NUR-470 NUR-470L NUR-471 NUR-471L NUR-485, NUR-480L

6
NUR 480L

Nursing Care of Patients With ComplexHealth Needs

Clinical laboratory course to accompany NUR-480 Corequisite: NUR-480.

Prequisites: NUR-480

0
NUR 485

Systems Leadership for Patient CarePatient Safety

This course explores organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety measures critical to implementing high quality nursing care. Leadership theory and skills exploring delegation, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making, working relationships and leadership are emphasized. Interprofessional collaboration based on professional nursing standards is explored within the broad context of cultural, economic, organizational and political backdrops.

Prequisites: (NUR-470 NUR-470L) or (NUR-471 NUR-471L)

3
Total credits in the specific area of concentration: 53

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L and BIO-107R

3
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-107

1
BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

3
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: BIO-108

1
BIO 208

Microbiology

This course is an introduction to the morphology, physiology, ecology and replication modes of bacterial and eukaryote microorganisms as well as viruses. Pathogens associated with human disease are used to illustrate these general concepts. Methods used by microbes to resist antimicrobial drugs, transfer antimicrobial resistance and methods used to control the growth of microorganisms are also discussed. Emphasis is given to mechanisms of pathogenesis used by bacteria and viruses. The means used by humans to prevent or rid the body of microbial agents are also discussed. In the laboratory, students gain skills in sterile technique, stain procedures and biochemical tests used to characterize bacteria. Methods used to control microbial growths are also studied. The course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prequisites: (BIO-101,BIO-101L,BIO-102,BIO-102L) or (BIO-107,BIO-107L,BIO-108,BIO-108L), Bio-208L, 2 semesters of college chemistry or take CHE-114.

4
BIO 208L

Microbiology Lab

This course accompanies BIO 208. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prequisites: Bio-208

0
CHE 114

Applied Chemistry for the Health Science

This is a one-semester introductory course emphasizing those areas in chemistry where biochemistry, the physical sciences and human health intersect. Interactive, student-centered learning is emphasized, as is the process of scientific inquiry. The scientific content is chosen with special emphasis on its applicability to medical issues and includes topics drawn from general, organic and physical chemistry as well as biochemistry, including the basics of atomic structure and chemical reactivity, pH, energy, force, pressure, fluid flow, organic reactions and compounds, biochemical molecules and the cycles of life

Prequisites: CHE-114L

4
CHE 114L

Applied Chemistry for the Hlth Sci Lab

This laboratory accompanies CHE114. Emphasis is on integrative coverage of material contained in its companion course and is conducted in an active learning environment

Prequisites: CHE-114

0
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prequisites: None

3
ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prequisites: None

3
FOC 101

Focus Seminar

Focus Seminar

Prequisites: None

0
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course fromPHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L

4
PSY 203

Developmental Psychology

This course explores milestones of physical,cognitive and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. The course meets the core requirement in psychology.

Prequisites: None

3
CSC

One Elective from CSC 110 or CSC 120

Choose one elective from CSC 110 or CSC 120
3
ECO/PSC

One Elective from ECO 201, ECO 202, or PSC 201

Choose one elective from ECO 201, ECO 202, or PSC 201
3
HIS

One Elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204

Choose one elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203, or HIS 204
3
PHI/RS

One Elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
3
SOC

One Elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102
3

Major: 53
Major requirements in other academic areas: 44
Remaining core requirements: 24
Total: 121

Regulations

Academic Regulations*

*Students admitted to the nursing program should refer to the current School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook Academic Policies section for policies in effect at the time of admission to the nursing program.

  1. Grade and G.P.A. Requirements:
    1. To be in good standing in theBSN program, students must:
      1. Maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.
      2. Maintain a minimum grade of C in all 100-400 level courses required in the major and for all other courses required for the major as outlined in progression requirements.
    2. A student who takes an incomplete grade in a prerequisite to a required nursing course will not be permitted to begin that nursing course until the prerequisite course is completed with an acceptable grade. An incomplete grade in a prerequisite course must be satisfied one week prior to the start of the course for which that course is a prerequisite.
    3. For any NUR course with a lab/clinical component, both the theory component and the lab/clinical component must be repeated if a passing grade is not achieved for either theory (minimum grade of C) and/or clinical(s) (minimum grade of S).
    4. A minimum average grade of 73% for course examinations is required prior to consideration of any other graded components of NUR courses. If a student’s exam average is less than 73% the letter grade for the course will be based on that exam average only. A student who does not satisfactorily complete the clinical component of the NUR course will receive a grade of F.
  2. Progression Requirements:
    1. A minimum grade of C is required for any course in the major. This includes BIO 107/L, BIO 108/L, CHE 114/L, BIO 208/L, PSY 203, PSY 206, MAT 123 and all required NUR courses.
    2. Students who fail to obtain a grade of C in a course required for the major will not be permitted to enroll in any course for which that course is a prerequisite, until the C grade requirement for the prerequisite course has been met.
    3. Students are permitted to repeat a course required for the major only once. The procedures for repeating a course are explained in the college catalog.
    4. Students accepted into the RN/BSN program must hold a current, unrestricted license as a registered professional nurse. Students not meeting the requirement at any time will be withdrawn from the nursing program. We offer conditional admission for NCLEX candidates with an associate's degree in nursing.
  3. Probationary Standing:
    1. Students who do not achieve a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5, and/ or who earn a required course grade below C, are placed on probation, and are limited to 13 credits in the next semester in which they are registered.
  4. Dismissal:
    1. A student may remain on probation for no more than two successive semesters. Failure to meet standards after two successive semesters on probation will result in dismissal from the program.
    2. Students who have achieved less than a C in two courses required for the major will be dismissed from the program regardless of GPA. Two lab grades of less than a C will be considered one course failure.
    3. Students who fail to achieve a grade of C on a second attempt when repeating a course required for the major will be dismissed from the program.
    4. Any student who is required in more than one instance to withdraw from a clinical course due to inability to demonstrate a required clinical competency will be dismissed.
    5. Students demonstrating inability to deliver safe patient care or unprofessional conduct at any time are subject to course failure and dismissal from the program.
  5. Readmission
    1. The School of Nursing undergraduate student handbook outlines the policies and procedures related to readmission. The criteria necessary for readmission will be defined in the letter of dismissal.
  6. Clinical Course Requirements
    1. All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must have professional liability insurance. Students are automatically billed for this insurance when they register for a clinical course.
    2. It is strongly recommended that all students carry health insurance coverage for the duration of the program. Students are responsible for any health care costs, even those that arise from clinical or laboratory assignments. The college assumes no responsibility for a student’s medical care. Information regarding a basic injury and illness insurance plan is available through the college health center. By federal law, all International Students must carry health insurance coverage. International students will be billed directly by the college. Limited services are available through the student health service.
    3. A complete pre-entrance physical examination, which includes the New York state immunization requirement, is required by the college for all students. Information about these requirements can be found here: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/handbook/section_1_requirements.htm.

      Forms and information regarding college health requirements can be found online at: http://www.dyc.edu/campus-life/support-services/health-center/ Additional questions regarding the college health record requirements may be addressed by calling the health center at 716-829-8777.

      In addition to D’Youville College health record requirements, sophomore, junior, and senior nursing courses require students to participate in a variety of clinical experiences, necessitating additional student health requirements to protect the health of the students as well as the patients with whom they interact. These health requirements also fulfill contractual agreements between the college and various clinical agencies to meet state, federal, and agency-specific requirements. These requirements are met by completing the Physical Examination form available on the School of Nursing Student Resources page here: http://www.dyc.edu/academics/schools-and-departments/nursing/current-student-resources.aspx.

      Prior to the first nursing course with a clinical lab component (NUR course with L after course number), students will be provided with specific instructions and a cohort-specific code in order to establish a medical document management account with Castlebranch, an online document management service . Student payment of a one-time fee directly to CastleBranch will be required in order to establish the account. It is the student’s responsibility to establish the CastleBranch account and to upload all required health documentation for approval and storage by the specified deadline. Health requirement documentation to be uploaded includes but is not limited to the following:

      • Annual physical assessment by physician or nurse practitioner
      • 2 MMR vaccinations, or titer demonstrating immunity
      • 2 varicella vaccinations OR documentation by healthcare provider of chickenpox infection with month and year OR titer demonstrating immunity
      • Tetanus vaccination (Td booster) updated every 10 years
      • Proof of one dose of Tdap (with pertussis)—if unable to provide, must receive one dose of Tdap to replace one Td booster dose- should wait at least 2 years since last Td
      • Completed meningitis vaccination response form (date of vaccination or signature indicating vaccination declined)
      • Tuberculin screening—2 step screening initially, single step repeated annually
      • Annual influenza vaccine or signed form indicating vaccine declined.

      Students must meet all health requirements as identified above for all nursing courses with clinical lab components. Failure to meet health requirements will result in inability to attend on or off-campus clinical lab experiences and may necessitate course withdrawal.

      If a student experiences a change in physical or psychological health status while enrolled in a Nursing course with a clinical lab component (NUR course with L after course number), it is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation indicating clearance for participation in patient care activities in the clinical laboratory setting without restrictions or limitations. Such documentation must be submitted to the School of Nursing in order to continue or resume attendance for clinical lab experiences (on or off-campus),. Note that the required documentation is not intended to disclose the nature of the health issue, but should simply state that the student is or has been managed by the healthcare provider, and that the student has full clearance for clinical lab participation. Documentation must include healthcare facility letterhead and must be signed by a healthcare provider. Documentation that simply indicates that the student “may return to school” is not adequate.

    4. Current certification in adult and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional healthcare provider is a requirement of all clinical courses starting with NUR 200 level courses. Completion of exclusively on-line CPR courses in not acceptable. Acceptable courses must include a hands on practice and testing component.
    5. Students must meet HIPAA requirements as indicated in specific course syllabi.
    6. Students may be required to provide personally identifiable information to meet the requirement of clinical agencies. Failure to supply such information will result in student’s ineligibility to complete the nursing program.
    7. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites.
    8. Students may not register for on-campus courses on their scheduled clinical day. Clinical days and times will vary based on clinical site availability. Students may be required to attend clinical experiences at days/times for which they are not registered based on clinical site availability.
    9. Any student enrolled in a clinical course who is absent from a clinical experience will be required to complete a make-up for the missed experience. The maximum amount of clinical absence time which may be made up is specified in the course syllabus for each clinical nursing course. Absences beyond the specified maximum will necessitate course withdrawal. Students should refer to the School of Nursing undergraduate student handbook for the complete clinical attendance policy.
    10. Clinical attire must be consistent with uniform guidelines as outlined in School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and in specific course syllabi.
    11. Any student re-entering the clinical nursing course sequence (NUR courses with lab component) after having not been enrolled in a NUR course with a Lab (L) component for a period of time longer than one semester will be required to demonstrate competency in previously learned clinical nursing skills in the on-campus skills lab prior to participating in clinical experiences in patient care settings.

Student Conduct

Students enrolled in the nursing program are expected to exhibit professional behavior, demonstrating responsible and mature conduct in both the academic and clinical environments. Professional behavior expectations relate not only to face-to-face interactions, but to actions and interactions in the electronic/ online environment as well. Unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated. Regardless of previous grades earned, unprofessional conduct may result in failure in and/or dismissal from the course and/or program. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the course and/or the School of Nursing faculty. Policies specific to the School of Nursing regarding grading, progression, retention, dismissal and unprofessional conduct are available to students in the School of Nursing undergraduate student handbook.

NCLEX Exam Preparation

Pre-licensure students must complete all steps in conjunction with each of the required nursing courses in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. This includes, but is not limited to, all testing, remediation, workshops and self-study sessions. A testing fee will be charged to each student per semester.

Admissions

Admission Requirements B.S.N. Program*

Freshmen:

B.S.N. Program:

  • Combined SAT of at least 980 (Math and Verbal) or 19 ACT score
  • 80 percent high school average
  • Upper half of class

Transfer:

  • 2.5 G.P.A.

*Entry course requirements for admission are as follows: Successful completion of three years of high school science, including one year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry or equivalent, and two years of high school math, other than business math.

Pre-licensure students who have not taken a high school chemistry course will be accepted on the condition that they complete a required course in chemistry.

Transfer students from outside or within the college must meet these same requirements, or their equivalent, and have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.

Transfer students who have been dismissed from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission.

Applicants holding other baccalaureate degrees at the time of admission are not required to meet the college core requirements. In order to register for nursing coursework, students must be formally accepted into the program.

Freshmen entering fall 2018:
  1. Three years of college prep science including biology and chemistry and
    1. 80 or higher on the Regents chemistry exam and/or a final high school grade of 80 or higher in chemistry
    2. 80 or higher on the Regents biology exam and/or a final high school grade of 80 or higher in biology.
  2. English 11 grade of 80 or higher
  3. Two years of college prep math
  4. Overall high school final average of 85 or higher
  5. Minimum SAT score of 1020 or a minimum ACT score of 20

**Please note: Students that are borderline academically and failing to meet all of the minimum Admissions Standards to the School of Nursing, may be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee to determine acceptance into the program. All decisions of this committee are final.

Department

School of Nursing

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.

Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.

All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.