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    Nursing Student Handbook 

    To succeed in nursing, you need to be ready for an innovative, high-touch, high caring profession where learning never stops.  Our nursing students enjoy a unique camaraderie through small clinical groups (1-8 faculty-student ratio) and our Nursing Student Organization (NSO). Faculty know students by name in our close-knit department. Faculty have expertise in all nursing clinical areas, and are always ready to assist students to achieve their highest potential.

    Nursing Program Highlights:

    • Individual attention; hands-on approach----we want you to succeed!
    • 1-8 maximum faculty-student ratio on clinical (hospital ) sites
    • Small classes-allows for individual attention
    • Members of the Nursing Student Organization regularly attend state and national conventions
    • Students and faculty regularly volunteer for University-sponsored clinics for the underserved
    • Incorporate Franciscan values into the curriculum
    • Student involvement in research

  • Degree Options

    Majors for Nursing Students

    Great Minors for Nursing Students

    • Public Health, Minor
    • Biology, Minor
    • Psychology, Minor
    • Foreign languages, Minor
    • Spanish for Health Sciences, Minor

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.

     

    Career Possibilities

    A nurse is a health care professional who is dedicated to the protection and promotion of health, the prevention of illness and injury, and the improvement of comfort. The nurse is also an advocate of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The field of nursing offers a wide array of career opportunities. Nurses are employed in hospitals, home health, nursing care facilities, outpatient facilities, government, schools, military, just to name a few.

    Our nurses go far. Here are some of opportunities that our graduates have taken

    • Clinical nurses on medical-surgical units
    • Neonatal intensive care unit nurse
    • Cardio-thoracic intensive care unit nurse
    • Home health nurse
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Nursing professor
    • Hospital staff development instructor
    • Nurse administrator
    • Labor and delivery unit nurse
    • Army nurse
    • Nursing home administrator
    • Nursing home nurse

     

    Admission Requirements

    Students enroll as a freshman in the nursing major. In addition to general education requirements, incoming freshman nursing students should earn a minimum SAT score as described below and a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater (based on a 4.0 scale). A strong background in the sciences and math is required, including Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra. A limited number of transfer students are admitted to the program based on available space, and additional admission criteria. Transfer students are required to have a pre-admission interview with a faculty member from the Nursing Department.

    Admission Criteria for a Recent High School Graduate

    • Completed work equal to a standard academic high school coursework with a minimum of 16 units with a grade of “B” or better (“C-“ is not acceptable in any course) to meet the pre-professional requirements of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and Saint Francis University.
    • Have earned a 3.0 high school GPA or higher.
    • Successfully completed four units of English.
    • Successfully completed three units of Social Studies.
    • Completed a minimum of two units Math (one must be algebra) with a grade of “B” or higher.
      • If a student has less than a “B” math average, he/she may take Algebra I and II (for a “B” or better grade) at a local technology center, vocational school, or community college course and submit course grade(s) with admission forms.
    • Completed a minimum of three units of Natural Science with a grade of “B” or better (within the last five years). One year of each, Biology (with labs), Chemistry (with labs), and one unit in an advanced science.
    • Earned minimum SAT scores as outlined below
      • Earn a minimum score of 1000 (in math and critical reading combined) if SAT was taken before March 2016
      • Earn a minimum score of 1080 if SAT was taken after March 2016
    • High school extracurricular activities, community service, and service learning projects are strongly recommended.

     

    Admission Criteria for a Transfer Student

    Students requesting transfer from other universities will be reviewed and placed on a space available basis. Nursing courses taken at other universities may be assessed for transfer of credits. Preference will be given to students who have taken the majority of their prerequisite courses at Saint Francis University. Decisions regarding the admission of a transfer student will be made on an individual basis for the nursing program. Transfer students requesting admission into Saint Francis University’s nursing program must meet the following criteria:

    • If transferring from another nursing program, the applicant must be in good standing to progress in his/her current nursing program and he/she must submit the SFU Nursing Evaluation Form signed by the department chair of his/her current school. 
    • The applicant must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Transfer applicants with less than 28 earned college credits have a recent (within five years) minimum SAT score of 1000, in math and critical reading combined, or a minimum ACT score of 21.
      • If an applicant did not take the SAT or ACT within five years of the application date, he/she must take an admission test, as determined by the nursing program.
    • The following sciences courses (with a lab) will be considered for transfer of credits: Biology I (equivalent to BIOL 111), Human Chemistry (equivalent to CHEM 103), and Microbiology.
      • The transfer applicant must have a Natural Science GPA of 2.6 or greater.
    • Transfer applicants can only have one repeated nursing course. Any further failures of an SFU nursing course would result in dismissal from the program.
    • Any student applying for transfer into Saint Francis University’s nursing program can only have two or less non-nursing and nursing repeated courses. 
      • This includes repeating prerequisite courses and/or one of the aforementioned science courses for a higher grade.
      • Withdrawals from any prerequisite-nursing course (equivalents to MATH 107, SOC 101, PSYC 101, BIOL 111, BIOL 205, BIOL 206, BIOL 214, or CHEM 103) count as a repeated course.
    • Pre-professional transfer students admitted into Saint Francis University’s nursing program will be required to take Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 205 and BIOL 206) at Saint Francis University.

    Provisional Acceptance

    If a first year applicant or transfer applicant does not meet minimum requirements for entrance into the nursing program, he/she could be considered as a provisional nursing major. As a provisional nursing major, first year applicants (less than 28 earned college credits) must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum SAT of 900/ACT of 19. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and must meet program progression standards. Upon successful completion of the required math, science, and social science requirements with a natural science GPA of 2.6 and a cumulative GPA of 2.75, and an earned 80% in pre-nursing courses, the student will progress into the professional phase of the nursing curriculum on a space available basis.

    *Pre-nursing courses (with a lab) are: NURS 100, NURS 200, NURS 201.
    *Required math, science, social science: MATH 107, SOC 101, PSYCH 101, CHEM 103, BIO 111, BIO 214, BIO 205, BIO 206
    *Provisionally accepted students (as well as nursing and transfer students) can only have three or less repeated courses. 

    • This includes repeating one of the aforementioned math, social science, or science courses for a higher grade.
    • Withdrawals from any prerequisite/nursing courses (MATH 107, SOC 101, PSYC 101, BIOL 205, BIOL 206, BIOL 111, BIOL 214, or CHEM 103) count as a repeated course.
    • A student may repeat only one NURS course. 

    All Students Must Meet the Minimum Functional Requirements Policy

    Nursing practice requires that a person have certain functional abilities to provide safe and competent care. These are physical and mental activities and attributes needed by a nurse to practice safely in terms of essential nursing functions, with or without accommodations. Therefore, all nursing students must satisfactorily meet the health requirements listed on the student health form obtained in the Student Health Center. Essential physical abilities include gross and fine motor skills, mobility, physical strength and endurance, ability to use senses (tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory) and ability to be interactive, communicative, and interpersonal (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 1999). If a student does not meet minimum functional requirements, the student will not be able to fulfill clinical requirements and must withdraw from the program. Reasonable accommodations may be needed to allow the student to perform essential nursing functions (e.g., enhanced stethoscope for slight hearing impairment); however, all adaptive equipment and associated costs are the responsibility of the student. 

    Admission and continuance in the nursing major depends on the maintenance of satisfactory physical and mental health. Students are required to notify the Nursing Department Chairperson and clinical instructor immediately of any change in physical or mental health status, including pregnancies, so that clinical assignments may be adjusted accordingly.

    A student who develops a serious or extended illness while enrolled in the nursing major must be under the ongoing care of a health care provider. Upon identification of possible physical or psychological illness by a faculty person, the student must seek evaluation and treatment as required. The student must submit documentation from the health care provider indicating the student’s ability to perform the functions of a student nurse. A student with a communicable disease must adhere to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and policies of the affiliating agencies regarding measures to prevent transmission of the illness to others. A student may be asked to withdraw from the nursing program if there is evidence to suggest that the student is not in complete compliance with the CDC guidelines or that the health of the student or the safety of clients in the clinical area may be threatened by the continuation of the student in the program. Every effort will be made to accommodate the specific needs of the individual student resulting from the illness. Clinical objectives must be met despite pre-existing or existing health conditions. 

    Falsification or omission of information required on the student’s health record is grounds for dismissal of a student from the nursing program. Student health records and medical information will be maintained in separate locked files in the Student Health Center. All information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be released without written consent from the student. Students are responsible for any costs incurred relating to treatment for illness or injuries occurring at the clinical site. Saint Francis University and the affiliating agencies do not assume responsibility for any costs incurred for treatment of students. 

    Preparation for Entrance 

    If I am in high school, what courses should I be taking now?

    You should enroll in the academic curriculum and complete at least three years of science courses, including chemistry and biology, and earn a minimum grade of a B. Enrollment in four years of natural science courses would be the best way to prepare for becoming a nursing student. You need to complete at least 2 years of math (one must be algebra) and earn a minimum grade of a B. 

    If I am an adult just looking into the nursing field, how can I prepare?

    High school graduates who have been out of school for five or more years must successfully complete a nursing entrance test (as determined by the nursing program). They are also advised to enroll in two college courses to become oriented to college study and learn good study and time management skills. For assistance in choosing courses, please contact the Admissions’ office or the Nursing Department at:

    Admissions
    Phone:  (814) 472-3100
    Fax: (814) 472-3335
    Email:  admissions@francis.edu
    Nursing
    Phone:  (814) 472-3027
    Fax:(814) 472-3849
    Email:  nursing@francis.edu

     

    Curriculum

    Progression Requirements

    Progression and continuance in the Nursing program are based upon scholastic achievement, health maintenance, and adherence to Saint Francis University policies. In addition, nursing majors must adhere to the Nursing Department policies as stated in the current Department of Nursing Student Handbook.

    • Minimum grade of “C” in all natural science courses
    • Minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite social science courses (General Sociology, Introduction to Psychology, and College Algebra)
    • Minimum natural science GPA of 2.6 (Biology I, Human Chemistry I, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology) to enter junior-level clinical courses
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 to enter junior-level clinical courses
    • Pass the math proficiency exams in the sophomore, junior, and senior levels
    • Minimum grade of “B-“ (80%) in all nursing courses
    • Maximum of three repeated courses (only able to repeat one nursing course)
      • More information on course repeats can be found on the Admissions Information page
    • Students must meet all other progression requirements stated in the current Department of Nursing Student Handbook
    • Students are responsible for travel/lodging to clinical sites

    Students in the nursing program must comply with the requirements of the Professional Nursing Law of Pennsylvania. Students are required to submit to PA criminal clearances, FBI fingerprinting clearance, and child abuse history clearance. Healthcare agencies have the right to refuse clinical placement or deny employment based on background checks. The PA Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64) known as the "The Controlled Substance Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act" or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory, or country unless: (1) at least ten (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction; (2) the applicant satisfactorily demonstrated to the Board that he/she has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violation; (3) the applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by this act. As used in this subsection, the term "convicted" shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere (no contest). An applicant's statement on the application declaring the absence of a conviction shall be deemed satisfactory evidence of the absence of a conviction unless the Board has some evidence to the contrary (Amended June 29, 2002, P. L. 651, No. 99).

    The following information demonstrates typical progression of classes to complete the nursing program in four years.

    Freshman Year
    Fall SemesterSpring Semester
    Course Number     NameCreditsCourse NumberName     Credits
    BIOL 111Biology 14*NURS 100Intro to Professional Nursing1
    PSYC 101Intro to Psychology3*CHEM 113Human Chemistry I4*
    MATH 107College Algebra3*SOC 101General Sociology3*^
    RLST 105Franciscan Goals3ENGL 103Writing For A Discipline3
    CORE 113First Year Seminar 3HIST100-200 Level History3
    CORE 103Community Enrichment Series 0CORE 104Community Enrichment Series0
        Fine Arts Elective (Lv. 100 or higher)3
     Total Credits16 Total Credits17
    Sophomore Year
    Fall SemesterSpring Semester
    Course Number     NameCreditsCourse NumberName     Credits
    BIOL 205Anatomy and Physiology I4*BIOL 206Anatomy and Physiology II4*
    BIOL 214Microbiology4*^^NURS 200Nursing Assessment3**
    STAT 205(GETM II) Statistics3NURS 201Health and Development3
    ENGL 104Writing About Literature3LANG 102Language 3
    PHIL 205Discovering Philosophy3GETM I(Phil 312) Healthcare Ethics3
    CORE 211Personal Wellness 0CORE 212     Community and Global Wellness0
     Total Credits17 Total Credits16
    Junior Year
    Fall SemesterSpring Semester
    Course Number     NameCreditsCourse NumberName     Credits
    NURS 300Fundamentals of Hum Care4NURS 302Care for Adults w/Acute Alt.4
    NURS 301Care/Childbearing Family4NURS 303Care of children4
    NURS 311Human Nutrition3NURS 403Nursing Research3
    NURS 316Pathophysiology / Pharmacology I4NURS 416Pathophysiology / Pharmacology II3
    EXAM 301Writing Comprehensive Exam 0GETM IIIGeneral Education Elective3
     Total Credits15 Total Credits17
    Senior Year
    Fall SemesterSpring Semester
    Course Number     NameCreditsCourse NumberName     Credits
    NURS 401Care/Life Threat4NURS 402Care/Psych/Mental Health Nursing4
    NURS 405Care/Humm. Comm.4NURS 404Care/Chronic Health Nursing4
    NURS 410Nursing Management /  Theory3NURS 413Prof Management / Practicum3
    GETIM IVGeneral Education Elective3NURSNursing Elective2
    CORE 407Senior Capstone 3EXAM 401(Senior Comp) 0
     Total Credits17 Total Credits13

    Total Curriculum Credits 128

     

    *Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

    ** Sophomore Students need to take and pass Math Proficiency Exam
    ^ Pre-requisite for NURS 200
    ^^ Students can consider taking BIO 214 in the summer.

    For Entrance into Professional Phase NURS 300 Level courses, students need to have 2.75 minimum overall QPA and must maintain a natural science QPA of 2.6 or higher.  

    Please refer to the Saint Francis University Catalog for course descriptions.

     

    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate nursing program at Saint Francis University has full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. For more information regarding disclosure, please review pages 15-16 of the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (amended December 2011) at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/Procedures.pdf. A graduate is eligible to sit for the R.N. licensure exam, NCLEX-RN®.

    Information on CCNE can be obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

    Board Pass Rates

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program graduates have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.  This is the second year in a row that the graduating class received a perfect pass rate.  The average pass-rate for first-time test takers for the graduating classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 is 94%.

    Miscellaneous Information

    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
    • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
    • Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

     

    Collaborative Approach

    Collaboration is the buzz word around the School of Health Sciences. All of the Health Science Programs—including Nursing—will soon be housed in the same building—Sullivan Hall. The University is committed to building a cutting-edge, state-of the –art,  interdisciplinary simulation lab, where you will work in simulated activities with occupational therapyphysical therapy, and physician assistant students. Simulation provides a safe environment for all health science students to practice skills—both hands-on and communication—with other health professionals to mimic the current health care settings.

    Purpose of the Baccalaureate Program

    The nursing program prepares generalists in nursing to assist persons, families, and communities toward the goal of health throughout life. A baccalaureate education in nursing provides each student with the knowledge base for practicing professional nursing. The curriculum is based on a liberal arts foundation in the Judeo-Christian tradition and utilizes the perspective of caring/nursing theorists for its organizing framework.

    The faculty of the Department of Nursing has embraced the concept of the learner as an individual who has acquired the self-concept of being responsible for one's self and of being self-directed. We view learning as a self-motivated and voluntary endeavor on the part of our nursing students. We also have, in response to our caring curriculum, moved away from the traditional role of teacher to that of facilitator of learning. Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate possesses a foundation for graduate study.

    Vision

    The Department of Nursing utilizes exceptional learning opportunities, in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, to prepare future registered nurses to provide safe quality care in various patient-centered health care environments.

    Goals

    1.  Provide a liberal educational program of academic excellence which emphasizes critical reflection and cultivates professional caring attributes.
    2. Provide an education program based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) whereby care is given using a mind-body-spirit perspective within the scope of nursing practice (ANA Standards of Care and Standards of Professional Practice, 2004).
    3. Provide dynamic educational opportunities to develop the caring attributes in preparation for professional nursing practice.
    4. Prepare the graduate for ethical leadership and management roles including health policies, finances, and regulatory environments in order to promote safe, quality, patient-centered healthcare environments. 
    5. Prepare individuals at the baccalaureate level to assume interprofessional leadership roles across the continuum of health care environments.
    6. Provide a foundation for graduate study. 
    7. Foster life-long learning and stimulate personal and professional growth.
    8. Increase the number of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level that are educated within a caring paradigm.

      

    Student Outcomes
    1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities and sciences, advanced nursing concepts, and applicable evidenced-based practice to enhance the art and science of nursing care.
    2. Espouse a life-giving mode of being derived from The Prayer of Saint Francis for use in interprofessional communication and collaboration to establish therapeutic and human caring relationships with individuals, families, and communities.
    3. Utilize technology and informatics to improve the delivery of nursing care, quality of care, health care outcomes, and the delivery of health education to multiple populations.
    4. Employ the caring-nursing process to maximize wellness in the delivery of culturally competent professional nursing care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
    5. Affirm professionalism in the art and science of nursing care by understanding the ramifications of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on nursing care.
    6. Assume the professional nursing roles of caregiver, teacher, advocate, and care manager by utilizing basic organizational and systems leadership skills to promote quality patient­ centered care and patient safety.
    Retention/Progression Requirements Progression Policy

    Progression and continuance in the Nursing Program is based upon academic performance and successful achievement of nursing prerequisites, health maintenance, and adherence to Saint Francis University policies in the current University Catalog and Department of Nursing policies as stated in the current Student Handbook. The faculty of the Department of Nursing has the right and the responsibility for judging and evaluating the quality of the student's achievement, both in the mastery of the theoretical content and in clinical competence.

    A. Academic Progression

    1. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in the following prerequisite Natural Science and Social Science courses. A "C-" grade is not acceptable.

       
      Natural Science Courses: Social Sciences Courses: 
      BIOL  111 Biology IPSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology SOC 
      CHEM  113 Human Chemistry I101 General Sociology 
      BIOL 214 Microbiology 
      BIOL 205 Anatomy and 
      Physiology I BIOL 206 Anatomy  and  
      Physiology  II 
    2. Students must earn a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.6 or better in the Natural Science courses of BIOL 111, CHEM 111, BIOL 214, BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 prior to entry into the professional phase of nursing in the junior year (300 Level)
    3. All Natural Science courses required by the Nursing Program that are taken at another institution and transferred into Saint Francis University will be used in the Natural Science GPA calculation, although they are not calculated into the student's overall cumulative GPA.
    4. Students must earn a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 prior to entry into the professional phase of nursing in the junior year (300 Level).
    5. The only nursing courses that may be taken prior to entry into the professional phase of the nursing program (300 Level) are: NURS I00, NURS 200, NURS 201, and NURS 311. However, the student must successfully complete the prerequisites required.
    6. Prior to the junior year, it is recommended that the maximum number of liberal arts courses the student should have left to complete is three (3) courses (nine credits maximum). When scheduling classes, it is the student's responsibility to schedule classes so that the classes do not interfere with the clinical experiences.
    7. All students must pass a math proficiency exam with an 80% in the following courses:  NURS 200, NURS 300, NURS 303 and NURS 401. The purpose of the examination is to determine the student's ability to correctly calculate medication dosages in the clinical setting. Please refer to the policy on the Math Proficiency Exam found in the Student Handbook.
    8. A maximum of three (3) repeated courses are permitted in the total curriculum of the Nursing Program which includes only one nursing course, and any prerequisite Social Science or Natural Science course.
    9. Nursing majors MUST earn a minimum grade of "B-" (80%) in each nursing course in order to progress to the next course that requires a clinical laboratory component.
      1. A grade of less than a "B-"grade will constitute a failing grade in any required nursing course.
      2. A student may repeat a nursing course only once. Dismissal occurs when a student fails any nursing course the second time. If a student's level of clinical practice is unsafe or unsatisfactory, the student will fail the course BEFORE the end of the semester.
      3. Any withdrawal from a nursing course with less than a B- grade is considered a course failure and counts as a course to be repeated.
      4. Any student who needs to repeat a nursing course beyond one year of withdrawal or failure of that course must repeat all prerequisite and co-requisite nursing courses for that course. Exceptions are NURS 100, NURS 20I , NURS 311, NURS 316, NURS 416, NURS 403, and nursing electives
    10. Nursing majors must maintain at least a GPA of 2.6 i n the prerequisite Natural Science courses (BIOL 111, CHEM 113, BIOL 214, BIOL 205 and BIOL 206) and minimum "C" grade in the Social Science courses (SOC IOI, PSYC IOI )
      1. Any withdrawal from a core curriculum prerequisite social or natural science course with a grade of "D" or lower is considered a course failure and counts as a course to be repeated.
      2. If a science course has a separate laboratory grade, and the student earns a "D" or "F" in the lab component, this is considered a failing grade and counts as a course to be repeated.
      3. Courses in which "D" or "F" grades are earned can only be repeated at Saint Francis University.
      4. Students who need to repeat a course are subject to the restrictions specified below. Both the original course and grade, and the repeated course and grade, appear on the academic record , but only the higher grade is used in the computation of the GPA. A course which is a prerequisite course for a more advanced course in the same discipline may not be repeated after a more advanced course has been successfully completed .
      5. If a student passes a prerequisite course with a C grade and elects to repeat a
        prerequisite course to increase their GPA, the repeated course will count toward total repeated courses.
    11. Nursing students enrolled in the program of studies will be the first to fill the limited spaces available in the nursing courses. Students who must repeat a nursing clinical course will then be given preference over those students reactivating their status in the program or transferring into the program.
    12. A student who requests and receives a continuance or readmission is responsible for curricular changes in the program of nursing study which occur during his or her absence. A student follows the curriculum guide for the class which he or she joins upon returning to the program.
    13. Nursing students who leave the program for a year or more will be evaluated on an individual basis for a progression plan in the curriculum.
    14.  Health Maintenance:  Students must adhere to the health policies or other policies of Saint Francis University Department of Nursing or they will not be able to progress in the nursing program.  Refer to the Student Health Requirements Policy in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
    15. Professional Integrity:  Refer to the Professional Behavior Policy and the Professional Integrity Policy in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
    Certification/Licensure Requirements

    Upon graduation from the BSN program, all students must pass the NCLEX to receive the RN license.