Nursing: Pre-Licensure BSN


BSN - Program Requirements

Emiley Button, DNP, Chair, Division of Nursing & Health

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 126

(270) 384-7442     buttone@lindsey.edu

Emiley Button, DNP, Program Coordinator

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 126

(270) 384-7442     buttone@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Kristen Branham, MSN; Emiley Button, DNP; Ashley Hancock, MSN; Angie Johnson, DNP; Donnetta Tungate, MSN; Susan Vickous, MSN

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs is to provide quality undergraduate nursing education that prepares students for baccalaureate-generalist professional nursing practice.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Vision

With the intentional and cooperative efforts of the entire College community and through excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service, the Lindsey Wilson College Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs aspire to:

  • Be the regional leader in providing an exceptional nursing education;
  • Create the best possible environment for the individual growth of students;
  • Graduate students who are prepared for life and professional nursing practice in a complex, rapidly changing world and health care environment; and
  • Advance health at the local, regional, and global arenas through scientific evidence and sound professional practice.

BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon completion of the Lindsey Wilson College pre-licensure BSN program, graduates will:

  1. Utilize written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies to communicate effectively;
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgment, critical thinking, and caring to design and deliver safe, evidence-based, spiritually and culturally appropriate, patient-centered care;
  3. Integrate theories and concepts from undergraduate liberal arts education into baccalaureate-generalist nursing practice;
  4. Understand the nature of human values and ethical responsibility;
  5. Demonstrate personal, organizational, and systems leadership to improve safe patient care and to advance professional nursing practice;
  6. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration to achieve optimal health care outcomes;
  7. Utilize information management and technologies to deliver safe, effective, patient-centered care;
  8. Evaluate professional standards, healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments with regard to nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety;
  9. Implement clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan and across the health care continuum; and
  10. Embrace lifelong learning and professional development (provider, manager of care, and member of the profession).

Application Deadlines

Admission to the pre-licensure BSN program occurs in the fall semester.  Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the pre-licensure BSN program.  Students may apply to the pre-licensure BSN program beginning January 1 of the calendar year for which admission is sought.  For consideration of admission in the fall semester, the deadline for submission of the application to the Division of Nursing & Health is March 1.  In the event the March 1 deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline for application will be extended to the following Monday at 5:00 p.m.  Correspondence to applicants regarding admission status will be sent to the email address on record.

Entrance Criteria

Students seeking admission to the pre-licensure BSN program must meet the following entrance criteria:

  1. Admission to Lindsey Wilson College.  All admissions requirements outlined in the current catalog apply.
  2. Submission of the completed electronic application to the pre-licensure BSN program by designated deadline of the calendar year for which the student is seeking admission.
  3. Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.  The cumulative minimum GPA applies to course-work which the student has previously completed and for all prerequisite coursework completed after application is submitted.  Transcripts for completed coursework must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the first day of NURS courses.
  4. Completion of all pre-licensure BSN program prerequisite coursework with achievement of a minimum grade of C:
  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) – 4 hours
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1104) – 4 hours
  • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) – 3 hours
  • First-Year Experience Seminar (FYE 1001) unless waiver requirements are met – 1 hour
  • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) – 3 hours
  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (NUTR 1003) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) – 3 hours
  1. Demonstration of clinical compliance by established deadline.  Clinical compliance requirements are outlined in The Pre-Licensure BSN Student Handbook.

Rationale for Clinical Compliance:  In order to comply with clinical requirements of affiliating health care agencies, students who are admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program must obtain a criminal background check and drug screening test and must demonstrate compliance with ALL required clinical requirements.  Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and students who fail the drug screening test the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) be reported at the time of application for licensure.  The Board has the power to deny the applicant the right to take the licensure exam if an individual has a criminal history that involves acts bearing directly on the practice of nursing.

  1. Email notification of acceptance of conditional admission and intent to enroll to the pre-licensure BSN program by designated date.  Non-compliance with this requirement will forfeit the seat allotted for the student.
  2. Submission of official transcripts for all previous college courses to the Registrar’s Office at Lindsey Wilson College.  Courses must be from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.  All pre-licensure BSN program required courses (prerequisite and program required courses) must meet direct transfer equivalencies or have prior approval of the Chair of the Division of Nursing & Health before transfer credit is accepted.  Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all nursing major required courses.  The Division of Nursing & Health Course Substitution form MUST be completed in order for any course to be considered as a transfer substitution.  All information on the form must be completed.  This includes but is not limited to:  course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested.  Acceptance of coursework is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by Lindsey Wilson College and the time frame since coursework completion.  All course substitutions will have final approval of the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Applicants to the pre-licensure BSN program who document English as a second language must demonstrate an overall passing standard score of 83 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).

9.        Eligibility for enrollment in the first day of a NURS course is confirmed by pre-licensure BSN program official unconditional admission letter.

10.        Interview may be required.

A student may appeal to the Nursing Admission Progression Graduation (APG) committee to request a waiver of policy.

Admission to the pre-licensure BSN program is a very competitive process during which the best qualified applicants are ranked by admission criteria.  The most qualified are chosen to fill a limited number of seats.  Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the pre-licensure BSN program and the nursing major.  The number of students admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program is based on Kentucky Board of Nursing regulations and recommendations for number of students admitted per nursing program/per admission cycle.

Transfer Student Admission
Transfer students seeking admission to the pre-licensure BSN program must meet all Lindsey Wilson College transfer requirements and pre-licensure BSN program entrance requirements.  

Students desiring to transfer from another accredited nursing program should complete the following:

  1. All entrance criteria admission steps as outlined above.
  2. Prior nursing coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  NURS 2013 and NURS 2024 are the only courses in the College’s pre-licensure BSN curriculum considered for transfer.  If a student wishes to have previous coursework, nursing (NURS) courses, or program required courses evaluated for transfer acceptance, then the student must initiate completion of the Division of Nursing & Health Course Substitution form with the application process.  The Division of Nursing & Health Course Substitution form can be obtained from the Division of Nursing & Health Office (nursing@lindsey.edu).  The Division of Nursing & Health Course Substitution form MUST be completed in full in order for any course to be considered as a transfer substitution.  This includes but is not limited to:  course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested.  Acceptance of coursework is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by the College’s pre-licensure BSN program and the time frame since coursework completion.

Note:          If one year has elapsed since any nursing coursework was completed, the student must start the pre-licensure BSN program course of study with NURS 2013 and NURS 2024.

  1. A letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program from which the student is transferring.  The letter must be included with the application.  Admission to the College’s pre-licensure BSN program will be contingent upon the availability of seats in the courses at the time of transfer.
  2. Demonstration of clinical competence and skills competence by established deadline.

Note:        All students wishing to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must earn at least 50 percent of degree requirements at Lindsey Wilson College.

Academic Criteria for Progression

Pre-licensure BSN students are subject to the College’s policies pertaining to academic standing.  These College policies can be found in the College catalog.  In addition, students admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program are expected to attain the following minimum progression standards during the course of study:

  • Pre-licensure BSN program suspension:  Student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the major to progress in the program.
  • Pre-licensure BSN program reenrollment:  Student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the major to progress in the program and petitions the Nursing Admission Progression Graduation (APG) committee for reenrollment to repeat the course in which a grade of less than C was attained.  The repeated course must be taken at the next available course offering, or the suspension from the program will convert to a dismissal from the program.
  • Pre-licensure BSN program dismissal:  Student does not meet progression criteria at a level that constitutes dismissal from the program.  Students dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program may progress at Lindsey Wilson College, but they can no longer be a nursing major.
  • Pre-licensure BSN program readmission:  Student has withdrawn or has been dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program.  Student must petition the APG committee for readmission by completing the following:
  1. Complete the application for readmission to the pre-licensure BSN program one week after grades are posted for the semester of withdrawal or dismissal (all pre-licensure BSN entrance criteria apply);
  2. Submit letter explaining rationale for petition for readmission; and
  3. Complete interview with the APG committee.

Note:        Students readmitted to the pre-licensure BSN program must comply with changes in courses and/or degree requirements as well as with policy and procedures at the time of readmission.

Progression Criteria for Pre-Licensure BSN Program

Consequences and Required Actions for Unmet Criteria

for the Pre-Licensure BSN Program

  1. Maintain overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Student

  • Is suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • Must complete Request for Pre-Licensure BSN Reenrollment form within one week of final grade posting of the semester and email to nursing@lindsey.edu; 
  • May have suspension lifted and be reenrolled in pre-licensure BSN curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the pre-licensure BSN program for GPA less than 2.0; and
  • Will be dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  1. Maintain cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0) for all prerequisite and pre-licensure BSN program required courses.

Student

  • Is suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater in all pre-requisite and pre-licensure BSN program required courses;
  • Must complete Request for Pre-Licensure BSN Reenrollment form within one week of final grade posting of the semester and email to nursing@lindsey.edu; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;  
  • May have suspension lifted and be reenrolled in pre-licensure BSN curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the pre-licensure BSN program for GPA less than 2.0 for a prerequisite and pre-licensure BSN program required course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  1. Achieve a minimum grade of C (77%) or higher in each nursing course before proceeding to the next sequential nursing course. 

Students should note that the nursing program’s grading policy differs from the College’s policy.

Student

  • Is suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must complete Request for Pre-Licensure BSN Reenrollment form within one week of final grade posting of the semester and email to nursing@lindsey.edu; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;  
  • May have suspension lifted and be reenrolled in pre-licensure BSN curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course for which a grade less than C (77%) was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  1. Achieve a pass (P) grade in the laboratory/clinical component of each nursing course.  If a student receives a final grade of unsatisfactory in any laboratory/clinical component of a course, the unsatisfactory constitutes failure of the course (grade of F).

Student

  • Is suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must complete Request for Pre-Licensure BSN Reenrollment form within one week of final grade posting of the semester and email to nursing@lindsey.edu; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;  
  • May have suspension lifted and be reenrolled in pre-licensure BSN curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;

  • Must reenroll in the course for which a grade less than C (77%) was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  1. Maintain all clinical compliance requirements and adhere to all College, Division of Nursing & Health, and clinical agency policies, procedures, and standards.

Clinical compliance documentation must be on file by designated date for application to the pre-licensure BSN program to be complete.

Students progressing in the pre-licensure BSN program must demonstrate continued clinical compliance by designated date.

Failure to demonstrate clinical compliance at any time while enrolled in the pre-licensure BSN program constitutes dismissal from the program.

In order to comply with clinical requirements of affiliating health care agencies, students who are admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program must obtain a criminal background check and drug screening test and must comply with all clinical compliance requirements.  Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and students who fail the drug screening test the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) be reported at the time of application for licensure.  The Board has the power to deny the applicant the right to take the licensure exam if an individual has a criminal background that involves acts bearing directly on the practice of nursing.

  1. Demonstrate successful completion of all nursing courses with only one NURS course failure while in the pre-licensure BSN program.

Two failures (grade below a C) in any nursing-designated courses (NURS) will result in dismissal from the pre-licensure BSN program.

  1. Adhere to all College academic policies regarding dropping a course or withdrawing from the College.  Must make an appointment with nursing advisor to complete Drop/Add form, adhering to all designated College catalog policies and calendar dates.

Dropping a nursing course or withdrawing from the College places the student out of progression sequence in the pre-licensure BSN program.  Therefore, the student is considered suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and must follow the following procedure.

Student

  • Is suspended from the pre-licensure BSN program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must complete Request for Pre-Licensure BSN Reenrollment form within one week of final grade posting for the next semester and email to nursing@lindsey.edu; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • Must reenroll in the next sequential nursing course offered or the suspension from the pre-licensure BSN program will revert to a dismissal from the program;
  • May have suspension lifted and be reenrolled in pre-licensure BSN curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course that was dropped;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher in the course;
  • Cannot reenroll in any nursing course after the course has been dropped more than one time; and
  • Is dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program after withdrawing from the second NURS designated course.
  1. Complete the pre-licensure BSN program within five years after the first official program enrollment date.

Constitutes dismissal from the pre-licensure BSN program.

Grading Scale

The nursing program uses a grading scale different from other academic units of the College.  Consistent with other nursing programs, the grading scale requires students to earn 77% or higher to be awarded a C or better.  The nursing program uses the following grading scale:  A = 93-100%, B = 85-92%, C = 77-84, D = 70-76%, F = 69% or lower.

Program Requirements:  94-101 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisites, program requirements, and professional nursing courses.  

A.        Prerequisites:  20-27 hours

  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) – 4 hours
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1104) – 4 hours
  • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) – 3 hours
  • First-Year Experience Seminar (FYE 1001) unless waiver requirements are met – 1 hour
  • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) – 3 hours 
  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (NUTR 1003) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) – 3 hours

B.        Program Requirements:  17 hours

  • Microbiology (BIOL 2104) – 4 hours
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 2624) – 4 hours
  • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) – 3 hours
  • Life Span Development (HS/PSYC 3103) – 3 hours
  • Experimental Statistics (MATH 2403) – 3 hours

C.        Professional Nursing Courses:  57 hours

  • Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2002) – 2 hours
  • Health Assessment (NURS 2013) – 3 hours
  • Foundations of Professional Practice (NURS 2024) – 4 hours
  • Pharmacology (NURS 3013) – 3 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing I (NURS 3105) – 5 hours
  • Pathophysiology (NURS 3203) – 3 hours
  • Maternal/Newborn/Family Centered Nursing (NURS 3305) – 5 hours
  • Pediatric/Family Centered Nursing (NURS 3355) – 5 hours
  • Nursing Research (NURS 4003) – 3 hours
  • Mental Health Nursing (NURS 4105) – 5 hours
  • Community Health Nursing (NURS 4155) – 5 hours
  • Leadership in Nursing (NURS 4205) – 5 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing II (NURS 4307) – 7 hours
  • Nursing Synthesis (NURS 4402) – 2 hours

Exit Assessment

All students earning the pre-licensure BSN degree must meet established program benchmarks outlined on the Pre-Licensure BSN Standardized Testing Policy to successfully complete the pre-licensure BSN program of study.