Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Nursing BS

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry level practice as nurse generalists to practice professional nursing with individual clients, families, groups and communities across the life span in a variety of settings. Guided by the Franciscan Values, students are assisted to value service, lifelong learning and caring behaviors as the foundation for professional nursing. In addition to basic nursing roles, students practice in structured and unstructured settings, fulfill leadership roles, and evaluate and apply research to improve client outcomes. Knowledge from humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and life and physical sciences are synthesized with nursing theory and practice. The curriculum provides an academic background which serves as the basis for graduate education and continued 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-887 6791, www.aacn.nche.edu.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Provide comprehensive, patient-centered, nursing care for individuals, families and communities across the lifespan in diverse settings.
  2. Utilize critical reasoning and clinical judgment in the application of information and health care technologies to provide safe, patient centered care.
  3. Integrate concepts from humanities and social, behavioral, life and physical sciences with nursing knowledge and practice.
  4. Demonstrate a caring presence through effective communication strategies and establishing therapeutic relationships with patients.
  5. Collaborate with members of the health team to improve health outcomes and policy in an evolving regulatory environment.
  6. Demonstrate leadership by directing nursing activities and initiating change to improve quality, patient care outcomes and health care delivery systems.
  7. Integrate Catholic Social Teaching, ethical, legal, and Franciscan principles in decision making as a professional nurse.
  8. Develop a plan for professional growth and lifelong learning as a member of the nursing profession.
  9. Apply evidence based practice principles in decision making and delivery of nursing care.

Licensure

After successful completion of the BSN 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 BSN program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours:

  • 70 credit hours in nursing courses
  • 49-51 credit hours in General Education courses

Program of Studies

  • Required Nursing courses: NURS 101, 201, 202, 239, 211, 212, 231, 239, 240, 303, 304, 270, 306, 307, 339, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 343, 340, 403, 404, 405, 406, 411, 414, 415, 419, 439, and 440.
  • Additional required courses: BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, BIOL 270, PSYC 121, MATH 122, and ENGL 101
  • CHEM 121 or equivalent
  • 3 credit hours in Sociology
  • other GE credits as needed

Admissions Requirements

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

Traditional Students (up to age 24)

  • Graduate from an accredited high school.
  • Have a 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1000 or above or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.
  • Have successfully completed (“C” or better) one year of high school algebra, biology and one year of high school chemistry with a “B-“ or better.
  • Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Adult Students (25 years & older)

  • Graduate from an accredited high school.
  • Have a 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • 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.
  • Have Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores from high school that would be equivalent to the current requirement of 1000 SAT or 21 ACT.
  • Have successfully completed (“C” or better) one year of high school algebra, biology and one year of high school chemistry with a “B-“ or better.
  • Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Transfer Students

  • Meet university entrance requirements for transfer students.
  • Have a minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • Have successfully completed one year of high school algebra and biology with a grade of “C” or better and one year of high school chemistry with a grade of “B-“ or better or one semester of college level algebra, chemistry and biology with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
  • Only nursing courses with a grade of “B-” or better can be considered for transfer credit.
  • A minimum of 32 credit hours in nursing must be taken at the University of Saint Francis to be awarded a bachelor degree in nursing from the University of Saint Francis.

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

Students who do not meet nursing admission criteria may be admitted to the university as a pre-nursing nursing major. 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.

  1. Completion of all course required by placement testing.
  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. CHEM, 121, Introductory Chemistry, if required
  4. MATH 122, College Algebra
  5. A grade of C or above in all required courses
  6. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above earned at USF
  7. TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) entrance examination

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.

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.

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 BSN 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 required, non-nursing 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
      • SOCI 101
      • ENGL 101
  4. Failure to maintain the academic standards for progression will result in academic probation or dismissal. A change of major from a pre-nursing 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, Healthcare Exploration, and 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 maystudent 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 represents one course withdrawal.
  8. The Department of Nursing uses a system of external assessment and remediation for pre-licensure students. All 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 clinical 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 earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Total credit hours completed will depend on placement exams. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in nursing courses.
  2. Completion of all required nursing and non-nursing courses.
  3. Meet the requirements for academic standards (see BSN Progression, Probation and Dismissal sections of the BSN Student Handbook).
  4. Payment of all financial obligations to the university.
  5. Complete requirements for University graduation no more than twelve (12) semesters after starting their nursing clinical course work.