Nursing, Advanced Entry Program

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Are you an ambitious high school student who has already earned transfer college credit and/or college credit plus? Are you looking to get a head start on your nursing journey?

The Advanced Entry Nursing program at the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides you with an opportunity to complete freshman- and sophomore-level nursing coursework in a fast-paced format.

Contact Us

Patricia Clayburn, MS, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director
Advanced Entry Nursing Program
175, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6833
pclayburn@ashland.edu

Admissions Requirements

Requirements

  1. Attended an accredited college or university.
  2. At least a 2.9/4.0 cumulative grade point average in college coursework.
  3. Science prerequisite coursework accumulative grade point average must be a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 GPS scale prior to the start of the advanced entry program.
  4. Completion of the following prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum letter grade of "C" in order for that credit to be count as meeting the prerequisite requirement. Science prerequisite coursework must have been completed within 10 years prior to the program start date.

    The following courses must be completed before the program start date:
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Microbiology-must include a laboratory
    • Organic/Inorganic/Biochemistry*
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
    • Ethics
    • Statistics (does not have to be equivalent to Ashland University’s Statistics course)
    • English Composition I and II
    *denotes that the course must include a laboratory
  5. Successful completion of all required core courses prior to the start of the Advanced Entry program.
  6. Submission of application.
  7. Meet all other requirements of the Traditional 4-year program:
    • Pass a criminal background check and drug screen.(done prior to entering clinical coursework)
    • Meet the health status criteria for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical course work
    • Complete record of required immunizations

Curriculum Guide

First Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 105
Nursing Concepts & Values 1
NUR 225
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 3
NUR 226
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II 3
NUR 301
Health Assessment 3
NUR 304
Health Foundations I 3
NUR 306
Health Foundations II 5
Total Hours
18

Second Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 310
Psychiatric/Mental Health 4
NUR 311
Adult Health Concepts: Regulation & Transport 5
NUR 312 Adult Health Concepts: Protection, Sensation & Mobility (8 weeks) 5
NUR 336 Genetics in Nursing and Healthcare 3
Total Hours
17

Third Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 410
Complex Health Alterations 5
NUR 438
Maternal/Newborn Health 4
NUR 440 Pediatric Health 4
NUR 460 Theoretical Foundations in Health Research 3
Total Hours
16

Fourth Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 420 Community & Global Health 4
NUR 425 Trends & Issues in Global Health 3
NUR 428 Leadership & Management in Health Organizations 3
NUR 430 Advanced Simulation 1
NUR 435 Capstone Preceptorship 2
Total Hours
13

Pre-Requisite Courses

TitleHours
Developmental Psychology 3
Composition I & II 6
Nutrition 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8
Microbiology 4
Inorganic/Organic/Bio Chemistry 4-8
Ethics 3
Statistics 3
Total Hours
27

Student Learning Outcomes

Traditional, Accelerated, Advanced Entry & RN to BSN

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgment, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Incorporate professional standards in the practice of nursing.
  3. Value integrity, caring, accountability, respect and excellence in nursing practice.
  4. Collaborate with patients and health professionals to develop and implement culturally appropriate health promotion, disease prevention and illness care methods.
  5. Select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals, families and populations regarding health promotion and illness prevention.
  6. Employ patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that impact patient care.
  8. Incorporate effective communication and collaboration skills to form partnerships to provide care and to promote positive outcomes to a diverse society in a global context.
  9. Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care, healthcare team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  10. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and systems levels of care.
  11. Investigate health-related social justice concerns within legal, ethical and political contexts.
  12. Value lifelong learning for personal and professional growth to support excellence in nursing practice.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Patricia Clayburn, MS, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director
Advanced Entry Nursing Program
175, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6833
pclayburn@ashland.edu

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Requirements

  1. Attended an accredited college or university.
  2. At least a 2.9/4.0 cumulative grade point average in college coursework.
  3. Science prerequisite coursework accumulative grade point average must be a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 GPS scale prior to the start of the advanced entry program.
  4. Completion of the following prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum letter grade of "C" in order for that credit to be count as meeting the prerequisite requirement. Science prerequisite coursework must have been completed within 10 years prior to the program start date.

    The following courses must be completed before the program start date:
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Nutrition
    • Microbiology-must include a laboratory
    • Organic/Inorganic/Biochemistry*
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
    • Ethics
    • Statistics (does not have to be equivalent to Ashland University’s Statistics course)
    • English Composition I and II
    *denotes that the course must include a laboratory
  5. Successful completion of all required core courses prior to the start of the Advanced Entry program.
  6. Submission of application.
  7. Meet all other requirements of the Traditional 4-year program:
    • Pass a criminal background check and drug screen.(done prior to entering clinical coursework)
    • Meet the health status criteria for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical course work
    • Complete record of required immunizations

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide

First Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 105
Nursing Concepts & Values 1
NUR 225
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 3
NUR 226
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II 3
NUR 301
Health Assessment 3
NUR 304
Health Foundations I 3
NUR 306
Health Foundations II 5
Total Hours
18

Second Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 310
Psychiatric/Mental Health 4
NUR 311
Adult Health Concepts: Regulation & Transport 5
NUR 312 Adult Health Concepts: Protection, Sensation & Mobility (8 weeks) 5
NUR 336 Genetics in Nursing and Healthcare 3
Total Hours
17

Third Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 410
Complex Health Alterations 5
NUR 438
Maternal/Newborn Health 4
NUR 440 Pediatric Health 4
NUR 460 Theoretical Foundations in Health Research 3
Total Hours
16

Fourth Semester

Course #TitleHours
NUR 420 Community & Global Health 4
NUR 425 Trends & Issues in Global Health 3
NUR 428 Leadership & Management in Health Organizations 3
NUR 430 Advanced Simulation 1
NUR 435 Capstone Preceptorship 2
Total Hours
13

Pre-Requisite Courses

TitleHours
Developmental Psychology 3
Composition I & II 6
Nutrition 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8
Microbiology 4
Inorganic/Organic/Bio Chemistry 4-8
Ethics 3
Statistics 3
Total Hours
27

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Traditional, Accelerated, Advanced Entry & RN to BSN

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgment, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Incorporate professional standards in the practice of nursing.
  3. Value integrity, caring, accountability, respect and excellence in nursing practice.
  4. Collaborate with patients and health professionals to develop and implement culturally appropriate health promotion, disease prevention and illness care methods.
  5. Select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals, families and populations regarding health promotion and illness prevention.
  6. Employ patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that impact patient care.
  8. Incorporate effective communication and collaboration skills to form partnerships to provide care and to promote positive outcomes to a diverse society in a global context.
  9. Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care, healthcare team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  10. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and systems levels of care.
  11. Investigate health-related social justice concerns within legal, ethical and political contexts.
  12. Value lifelong learning for personal and professional growth to support excellence in nursing practice.

What to Expect in the Advanced Entry Nursing Program

The Advanced Entry program is designed for students who have college transfer credits and/or college credit plus. Students meeting advanced-entry required coursework and all requirements listed below may be enrolled in this program. During the *fall semester, students complete freshman, sophomore, and first semester junior level coursework in a fast paced format. After completion of the first semester of nursing coursework, students will have three additional semesters including the summer semester.

Admission to the Advanced Entry Program is extremely competitive as spaces are limited. Prospective students are highly encouraged to begin the application process early. Application review will occur as the application is completed and required documents are received. Only applicants who complete the necessary application requirements listed below on or before the application deadline will be considered for admission.

* advanced entry students all start in the Fall semester only.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Direct Entry—no further application is required to advance to clinical coursework
  • NCLEX pass rate, 90% or above in the last two years
  • 1:8 clinical instructor-to-student ratio
  •  State-of-the-art Simulation Center
  • Complete the BSN program in 15 months or 4 semesters 

Required Pre-requisite Coursework:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Microbiology (with lab)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic or Biochemistry (with lab)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with lab)
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • English Composition I & II

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