Nursing: Pre-Licensure BSN


BSN - Program Requirements

Emiley Wyatt Button, D.N.P., Chair, Division of Nursing

Program Coordinator

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

(270) 384-7442     buttone@lindsey.edu

 

Full-time program faculty: Kristen Branham, M.S.N.; Emiley Button, D.N.P.; Ashley Hancock, M.S.N.; Angie Johnson, D.N.P.; Donnetta Tungate, M.S.N.; Susan Vickous, M.S.N.

 

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.

 

B.S.N. Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon completion of the Lindsey Wilson College pre-licensure B.S.N. 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).

 

Admission Criteria

All nursing applicants must first apply and be admitted to the college before applying to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program.

 

Before an application to the B.S.N. program will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet and complete the following requirements:

  • Admission to Lindsey Wilson College. All admission and transfer requirements outlined in the current catalog apply.
  • Submission of completed electronic application to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program by designated deadline of the calendar year for which the student is seeking admission.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Completion of all pre-licensure B.S.N. prerequisite coursework with an earned 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
  • Demonstration of overall passing standard score of 83 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) by applicants who document English as a second language.
  • Completion of the HESI Nursing Admission Assessment (A2) exam. The HESI A2 exam will be given at Lindsey Wilson College. A copy of the scores should accompany the application. The HESI A2 exam evaluates general knowledge in the areas of reading comprehension, anatomy and physiology, mathematics, chemistry, learning styles, vocabulary, and grammar. Students may take the HESI A2 exam one time during each application cycle. The HESI A2 exam scores are valid for one calendar year. Scores will be ranked to determine admission.
  • Possible participation in a preadmission interview.

 

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

 

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Students may apply to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program beginning January 1 through 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.
  • Students seeking admission to the B.S.N. degree program must complete additional B.S.N. program requirements.
  • The HESI Nursing Admission Assessment (A2) exam must be completed. HESI A2 Exam information, including dates, is available on the Nursing division website.
  •  Correspondence to applicants regarding admission status will be sent to the email address on record.
  • Email confirmation of acceptance of conditional admission and intent to enroll to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program must be sent by the designated date. Non-compliance with this requirement will forfeit the seat allotted for the student.
  • The entry point into the pre-licensure B.S.N. program occurs with enrollment in Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2002) on the last day to register for a seated or online course established by the college’s academic calendar.

Transfer Students and Credit by Examination and Transfer

Students desiring to transfer from another accredited pre-licensure B.S.N. program must complete all admission criteria and application steps as outlined above.

 

A letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program from which the student is transferring must accompany the application.

 

Transfer applicants from another accredited pre-licensure B.S.N. program will be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis.

 

Progression Criteria

Progression criteria for the pre-licensure B.S.N. program are outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook that is published on the Nursing division website.

 

Students must comply with current course changes and/or degree requirements as well as with policies and procedures.

 

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 percent or higher to be awarded a C or better. The nursing program uses the following grading scale: A = 93-100 percent, B = 85-92.99 percent, C = 77-84.99 percent, D = 70-76.99 percent, F = 69.99 percent or lower. Grades will NOT be rounded.

 

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 4304) – 4 hours
  • Nursing Synthesis (NURS 4402) – 2 hours
  • Capstone in Nursing (NURS 4503) – 3 hours

 

Exit Assessment

All students earning the pre-licensure B.S.N. degree must meet established program benchmarks outlined in the B.S.N. Student Handbook to successfully complete the pre-licensure B.S.N. program of study.