Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Nursing AS

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree prepares graduates for entry-level nursing practice as nurse generalists. Guided by the Franciscan Values and Catholic Social Teaching students learn the value of service, lifelong learning and caring behaviors as the foundation for professional nursing. The nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care and active member of the discipline are emphasized as students progress through the curriculum. Students integrate concepts from physical, social and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Using the nursing process as a critical thinking framework, students provide safe, accurate and individualized nursing care to select individuals and groups with health needs or common well-defined health problems. Students learn about care for a variety of patient populations across the life span and the health care continuum in acute care, long-term care and community based settings. The curriculum provides an academic background which serves as the basis for continuing education and ongoing personal and professional growth. After completing the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Accreditation

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000, www.acenursing.org.

ASN Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the University of Saint Francis Associate of Science in Nursing Program are prepared for entry level nursing practice as nurse generalists who will:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to promote health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Use nursing judgment supported by evidence to provide safe, cost-effective and quality patient care.
  • Use the nursing process to provide patient-centered care that supports optimal health outcomes.
  • Provide care that reflects Franciscan values for diverse patients and their families.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients and their families, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional health care team promoting mutual respect and shared decision making.
  • Practice within the legal standards and ethical framework of the nursing profession.

Licensure

After successful completion of the ASN program, the graduate is eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse by examination. The test used to determine licensure is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In Indiana and many other states, graduates must complete an application which requires disclosure of criminal history including, but not limited to, charges pending against the applicant or conviction regarding a violation of any federal, state or local law relating to the use, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances, alcohol or other drugs or drug addiction; and/or conviction of any offense, misdemeanor or felony in any state. This excludes minor violations of traffic laws resulting in fines. If the graduate responds affirmatively to any of the items on the application, all related details must be submitted to the board. The application is completed under penalty of perjury.

In addition Indiana applicants must complete a criminal background check at the time of NCLEX-RN application. The Board of Nursing reviews the application and determines the applicant’s eligibility to take the licensure exam. The State Board of Nursing may request a personal appearance dependent on the criminal history. Final approval of the candidate’s NCLEX-RN application is at the discretion of the State Board of Nursing.

Applicants should contact their respective Board of Nursing for further information or clarification. Graduates with special learning needs must contact the State Board of Nursing if special consideration for testing needs to be made.

Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN entitles the graduate to practice as a registered nurse in that state. Applications may be made for reciprocal privileges with other states.

Degree Requirements

The ASN program requires 71 credit hours which includes 30 General Education credits and 41 Nursing credits.

Program of Studies

  • Required Nursing courses: NURS 121, 122, 130, 131, 161, 162, 175, 176, 180, 223, 224, 245, 246, 252, 265, 266, 285, 286, 290, and 292
  • Required General Education courses: BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, BIOL 270, CHEM 121 (if taken), PSYC 121, MATH 120 (if taken), MATH 122, ENGL 101.
  • GE requirements also include 3 credit hours in an applicable Sociology class and a Franciscan Tradition/Care for Creation/Social Justice course (choose 1 course).

Admissions Requirements

A point system is used to evaluate applications of qualified candidates in order to accept applicants into the program as either a pre-nursing or nursing major. The point system used by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee will be provided to an applicant upon request.

Traditional Students (under age 24 and has not attended college or university)

  1. Graduate from an accredited high school.
  2. Have a 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1080 or above or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 19 or above.
  4. Have successfully completed (“C” or better) one year of high school algebra and biology and one year of high school chemistry with a “C” or better.
  5. Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Adult Students (24 years of age and older and has not attended college or university)

  1. Graduate from an accredited high school.
  2. Have a 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Students who did not graduate from high school must have completed the General Education Development (GED) tests with a combined total battery GED score of 2500 with no sub-test score below 500.
  4. Have Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores from high school that would be equivalent to the current requirement of 1080 SAT or 19 ACT.
  5. Have successfully completed (“C” or better) one year of high school algebra and biology and one year of high school chemistry with a “C” or better.
  6. Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Transfer Students (previously attended another college or university)

  1. Meet university entrance requirements for transfer students.
  2. Have a minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  3. Have successfully completed (“C” or better) one year of high school algebra and biology and one year of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better or one semester of college level algebra, chemistry and biology with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Only nursing courses with a grade of “B-” or better can be considered for transfer credit.
  5. A minimum of 26 credit hours in nursing must be taken at the University of Saint Francis to be awarded an associate degree in nursing from the University of Saint Francis.
  6. Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Students who do not meet the nursing admission criteria may be admitted to the university as a pre-nursing major. Each applicant is reviewed on an individual basis.

The following criteria must be met before a pre-nursing student can request a change of status to be considered for admission to the nursing major. The Program Director will determine course requirements based on evaluation of the student’s academic qualifications at the time of initial admission consideration.

  1. Completion of all courses required by placement.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at USF. Students must have a biological science course (BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, or BIOL 270) as part of the required 12 credit hours at USF.)
  3. ICON 100, iConnect – First Year Experience
  4. CHEM, 121, Introductory Chemistry, if required
  5. MATH 122, College Algebra
  6. A grade of C or above in all required courses
  7. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above earned at USF
  8. TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) entrance examination

Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7, achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing courses and earn a grade of “C” or better in all required non-nursing courses.

In order to participate in clinical experiences, clinical requirements as set by the Department of Nursing and clinical agencies must be met including, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug testing.

Entry into the clinical sequence is based on availability of enrollment openings for the course. When necessary to form a waiting list for clinical courses the following criteria are used for prioritizing students to begin the clinical sequence:

  1. GPA earned at the University of Saint Francis.
  2. Date of entry into the nursing program.
  3. Number of credit hours completed toward the degree, including transfer credit.
  4. Grades in non-nursing courses, especially science and math courses.

Progression Requirements

Each level of nursing courses builds on the knowledge and skills of the level preceding it. Nursing process skills of assessing, interpreting, analyzing, and synthesizing begin in the first semester and are progressively developed in succeeding semesters. In order to progress in the nursing sequence, students must meet the prerequisites and co-requisites for each course in the ASN curriculum. The following criteria must be met in order to progress in the nursing sequence.

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  2. Must achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing theory courses and achieve a “P” in all nursing clinical courses.
  3. Must receive a minimum of “C” in the following courses:
    • All required biology courses
      • § BIOL 221
      • § BIOL 222
      • § BIOL 223
      • § BIOL 270
    • All required chemistry courses
      • CHEM 121 (if taken)
    • All required psychology courses
      • PSYC 121
    • All required math courses
      • MATH 120 (if taken)
      • MATH 122
    • Other required courses
      • ENGL 101
      • SOCI 101, 135 or SOCW 160
      • Franciscan Tradition/Care for Creation/Social Justice (one elective)
  4. Failure to maintain the academic standards for progression will result in academic probation or dismissal. A change of major from pre-nursing major to nursing major does not provide an additional opportunity for academic probation. Only one academic probation is allowed during enrollment as a nursing student.
  5. Nursing majors will be placed on Academic Probation for failure to:
    • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
    • Earn a minimum grade of “B-” in a nursing theory course and a “P” in a nursing clinical course.
    • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in a required non-nursing course.The probation period will be one semester in length. A second probation period will result in dismissal from the nursing major.A student may repeat only one nursing course one time. When repeating a nursing course a student who receives less than a “B-” will be dismissed from the nursing major.If a nursing course must be repeated for either clinical failure or for a theory grade below “B-”, both the theory course and the concurrent clinical course must be repeated at the same time.A student who earns less than a “B-” in a nursing course may not take additional nursing courses until the failed course is successfully completed.If the cumulative GPA has not reached the minimum requirement of 2.7 by the end of the probation period, the student will be dismissed from the nursing major.If a student earns less than a “C” in a required non-nursing course, the non-nursing course may be repeated only once. Upon a second attempt, if the student does not earn a minimum grade of  “C” the student will be dismissed from the nursing major.
  6. All Nursing Department academic standards will be applied to Academic Exploration and Exploratory Healthcare majors or other USF majors seeking a change of status. Students who fail to meet nursing academic standards will not be eligible for consideration as a nursing major.
  7. During the duration of the student’s enrollment as a nursing or pre-nursing major a student may have a maximum of two “withdraw passing” after midterm from nursing courses. Upon a third “withdrawal passing” the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A nursing course that includes both theory and clinical will represent one course withdrawal.
  8. The Department of Nursing uses a system of external assessment and remediation for pre-licensure students. All pre-licensure students purchase a designated testing package upon enrollment in the first nursing course. The primary purpose is to help prepare students for NCLEX-RN success. Students are required to complete designated assessments including content mastery assessments at specified points in the curriculum. Additionally, a nationally-normed comprehensive examination designed to predict success on the NCLEX-RN will be administered during the final capstone nursing course. Students must achieve a designated satisfactory score on the comprehensive examination in order to meet course requirements.
  9. A student who is dismissed from the nursing major may reapply no sooner than two years from the date of dismissal and must follow University and Department of Nursing admission criteria. A student seeking readmission to the nursing major must provide evidence of improving one’s potential for success. Readmission is not guaranteed.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students in the ASN program (generic ASN track or LPN-ASN track) must take a minimum of  26 credit hours in nursing at the University of Saint Francis to be awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing degree.
  2. Completion of all required nursing and non-nursing courses.
  3. Meet the requirements for academic standards (see ASN Progression, Probation and Dismissal sections of the ASN Handbook).
  4. Payment of all financial obligations to the University.
  5. Complete requirements for University graduation no more than eight (8) semesters (Fall & Spring) after starting nursing clinical course work.

Courses described in the ASN curriculum are representative of the requirements to complete the stated major. Requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with their department advisor to determine the exact requirements needed to complete the degree.