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Nursing, Traditional BSN

Starting Your Nursing Career

The traditional BSN program at Ashland University, built on a century of excellence, prepares you to practice the art and science of professional nursing.

Contact Us

Juanita Reese Kline
Chair of the Nursing Department, Director of the Traditional Nursing Program, Associate Professor of Nursing
110, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6811
jkline6@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

The Traditional Four-Year program is designed for the student who has completed high school level education or has transfer credit. Students in this program complete Ashland University core coursework in the first two academic years and begin clinical nursing coursework in their junior year. 

Students who meet the criteria below will be directly admitted to AU and the CONHS for their freshman year.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent.
  2. Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 (or GED with achievement at a minimum of the 55th percentile in each of the sub core areas).
  3. ACT composite of 20 or a combined SAT score of 1030 (CR/M).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Pass a FBI and BCI background check (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
  2. Meet the health status criteria for mental and physical health.
  3. Documentation of abilty to perform the essential functions for clinical course work.
  4. Complete record of required immunizations.

REQUIREMENT INFORMATION

  • Requirements for International Students - International students will also need to meet the following English proficiency requirements: TOEFL iBT socre of 84 (Speaking subscore of 26) or IELTS 7.0 (Speaking subscore of 7.0). For more information or to apply for admission as an International student, please visit International Student Services.
  • Requirements for Transfer Students

PRE-NURSING

Students who do not meet the nursing criteria, but meet the requirements for admission to AU will be admitted to AU. They will be in a pre-nursing list for the traditional nursing program and evaluated at the end of the year for potential admission into the nursing program. To be considered:

  • students must have achieved 2.5 GPA in non-nursing required course work (10 credit hours)
  • begin taking science and other courses that will apply toward their nursing degree
  • begin taking courses that will satisfy their AU institutaional degree requirements
  • meet with Academic Advising to discuss their coursework plan

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

Curriculum Guide

Updated for the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses and curriculum plan are subject to change.

*For incoming Traditional Nursing studentsonlystarting Fall 2016. All other students starting prior to Fall 2016 start should take NUR 335. All incoming Accelerated Nursing students after Fall 2016 will take NUR 336.

Curriculum Guide

Year 1

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
FSS 080
Freshman Succes Seminar 0
BIO 222
Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 101
Composition I (Core 1) 3
Core
Communication (Core 2) 3
Core
Aesthetics (Core 3) 3
Core/CCI
Critical Cultural Inquiry(Core 4) 3
Total Hours
16
SPRING
CHEM 253 Chemical Perspectives on Life (Core 5) 4
BIO 223 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 102
Composition II (Core 6) 3
Core
Social Science (Core 7) 3
Core
Aesthetic (Core 8) 3
NUR 105
Nursing Concepts & Values 1
Total Hours
18

YEAR 2

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
BIO 240
Microbiology 4
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (Core 9) 3
PHIL 215
Ethics (Core 10) 3
Core Humanities (Core 11) 3
Core Religion (Core 12) 3
Total Hours
16
SPRING
CHEM 251 Molecular Architecture (Core 13) 3
DIET 320 Nutrition 3
PSYC 209 Developmental Psychology 3
NUR 225 Patho/Pharm I 3
NUR 301 Health Assessment 3
Total Hours
15

YEAR 3

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
Core
Social Science (Core 14) 3
Core Historical Reasoning (Core 15) 3
NUR 226
Patho/Pharm II 3
NUR 304 Health Foundations I 3
NUR 306 Health Foundations II 5
Total Hours
17
SPRING
NUR 310 Psychiatric Mental Health 4
NUR 311 Adult Health Concepts: Regulation & Transport 5
NUR 312 Adult Health Concepts: Protection, Sensation & Mobility 5
NUR 336* Genetics and Health* 3*
Total Hours
17

YEAR 4

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
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
SPRING
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

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.

Transfer Students

Transfers Applying to the Traditional 4-year Program Without Nursing Transfer Credit

Students applying to transfer must file an AU transfer application

Requirements:

  1. Attended an accredited college or university. Students who have completed less than 30 semester hours of coursework from an accredited high school or equivalent must provide acceptable ACT and high school transcripts for acceptance. 
  2. Achived at least 3.0/4.0 cummulative grade point average in college coursework.
  3. Meet all program requirements listed in the 4-year program:
    • Pass a FBI and BCI background check and drug screen (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
    • Meet the health status critera for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical coursework.
    • Complete record of required immunizations. 

Transfer credit for required non-nursing coursework, including science coursework, will only be applied toward the nursing degree if the grade is "C" or better. Courses with a grade of "C-" can be transferred and applied toward Ashland University's institutional degree requirements, but will not apply toward the nursing program major requirements. 

Transfers Applying to the Traditional 4-year Program Seeking Nursing Transfer Credit

Students applying to transfer must file an AU transfer application and submit official transcripts through the admissions office. 

The CONHS Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee will determine if a student transferring from another accredited nursing program will be admiteted to the AU nursing program. Only coursework from accredited nursing programs will be considfered for transfer credit. Students who are admitted to the nursing program are subject to the degree and graduation requirements in the AU catalog and nursing student handbook at the time of admission. 

Requirements:

  1. The Transfer Admission Coordinator will refer all students with completed nursing coursework to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Chair of the Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee for an additional decision to the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing program. 
  2. Applicant must be in good academic standing in their current nursing program as evidenced by a letter from the Dean of that program. 
  3. Achieved at least a 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average in college coursework.
  4. Meet all other program requiremetns listed in the 4-year program:
    • Pass a FBI and BCI background check and drug screen (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
    • Meet the health status critera for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical coursework.
    • Complete record of required immunizations. 

Credit for Transfer Nursing Coursework:

  1. Nursing course credits from an accredited porgram may be granted transfer credits. The Department Chair, Program Director, and/or College Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee review transcripts for clarification of course related content and assessment of transfer credit. 
  2. Transfer nursing coursework accepted to meet degree requriements for AU's nursing proram must have met the nursing degree requirements of the institution where the course credit was completed. 
  3. Clinical orientation, auditing of nursing courses, or retaking of nursing courses may be required in the admission process. 
  4. Students may be required to demonstrate safe practice in medication administration and other skills to progress even if tranfer credit is granted.

Contact Us

Juanita Reese Kline
Chair of the Nursing Department, Director of the Traditional Nursing Program, Associate Professor of Nursing
110, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6811
jkline6@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

The Traditional Four-Year program is designed for the student who has completed high school level education or has transfer credit. Students in this program complete Ashland University core coursework in the first two academic years and begin clinical nursing coursework in their junior year. 

Students who meet the criteria below will be directly admitted to AU and the CONHS for their freshman year.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent.
  2. Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 (or GED with achievement at a minimum of the 55th percentile in each of the sub core areas).
  3. ACT composite of 20 or a combined SAT score of 1030 (CR/M).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Pass a FBI and BCI background check (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
  2. Meet the health status criteria for mental and physical health.
  3. Documentation of abilty to perform the essential functions for clinical course work.
  4. Complete record of required immunizations.

REQUIREMENT INFORMATION

  • Requirements for International Students - International students will also need to meet the following English proficiency requirements: TOEFL iBT socre of 84 (Speaking subscore of 26) or IELTS 7.0 (Speaking subscore of 7.0). For more information or to apply for admission as an International student, please visit International Student Services.
  • Requirements for Transfer Students

PRE-NURSING

Students who do not meet the nursing criteria, but meet the requirements for admission to AU will be admitted to AU. They will be in a pre-nursing list for the traditional nursing program and evaluated at the end of the year for potential admission into the nursing program. To be considered:

  • students must have achieved 2.5 GPA in non-nursing required course work (10 credit hours)
  • begin taking science and other courses that will apply toward their nursing degree
  • begin taking courses that will satisfy their AU institutaional degree requirements
  • meet with Academic Advising to discuss their coursework plan

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

Curriculum Guide

Updated for the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses and curriculum plan are subject to change.

*For incoming Traditional Nursing studentsonlystarting Fall 2016. All other students starting prior to Fall 2016 start should take NUR 335. All incoming Accelerated Nursing students after Fall 2016 will take NUR 336.

Curriculum Guide

Year 1

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
FSS 080
Freshman Succes Seminar 0
BIO 222
Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 101
Composition I (Core 1) 3
Core
Communication (Core 2) 3
Core
Aesthetics (Core 3) 3
Core/CCI
Critical Cultural Inquiry(Core 4) 3
Total Hours
16
SPRING
CHEM 253 Chemical Perspectives on Life (Core 5) 4
BIO 223 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 102
Composition II (Core 6) 3
Core
Social Science (Core 7) 3
Core
Aesthetic (Core 8) 3
NUR 105
Nursing Concepts & Values 1
Total Hours
18

YEAR 2

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
BIO 240
Microbiology 4
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (Core 9) 3
PHIL 215
Ethics (Core 10) 3
Core Humanities (Core 11) 3
Core Religion (Core 12) 3
Total Hours
16
SPRING
CHEM 251 Molecular Architecture (Core 13) 3
DIET 320 Nutrition 3
PSYC 209 Developmental Psychology 3
NUR 225 Patho/Pharm I 3
NUR 301 Health Assessment 3
Total Hours
15

YEAR 3

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
Core
Social Science (Core 14) 3
Core Historical Reasoning (Core 15) 3
NUR 226
Patho/Pharm II 3
NUR 304 Health Foundations I 3
NUR 306 Health Foundations II 5
Total Hours
17
SPRING
NUR 310 Psychiatric Mental Health 4
NUR 311 Adult Health Concepts: Regulation & Transport 5
NUR 312 Adult Health Concepts: Protection, Sensation & Mobility 5
NUR 336* Genetics and Health* 3*
Total Hours
17

YEAR 4

Course #
TitleHours
FALL
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
SPRING
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

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.

Transfer Students

Transfers Applying to the Traditional 4-year Program Without Nursing Transfer Credit

Students applying to transfer must file an AU transfer application

Requirements:

  1. Attended an accredited college or university. Students who have completed less than 30 semester hours of coursework from an accredited high school or equivalent must provide acceptable ACT and high school transcripts for acceptance. 
  2. Achived at least 3.0/4.0 cummulative grade point average in college coursework.
  3. Meet all program requirements listed in the 4-year program:
    • Pass a FBI and BCI background check and drug screen (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
    • Meet the health status critera for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical coursework.
    • Complete record of required immunizations. 

Transfer credit for required non-nursing coursework, including science coursework, will only be applied toward the nursing degree if the grade is "C" or better. Courses with a grade of "C-" can be transferred and applied toward Ashland University's institutional degree requirements, but will not apply toward the nursing program major requirements. 

Transfers Applying to the Traditional 4-year Program Seeking Nursing Transfer Credit

Students applying to transfer must file an AU transfer application and submit official transcripts through the admissions office. 

The CONHS Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee will determine if a student transferring from another accredited nursing program will be admiteted to the AU nursing program. Only coursework from accredited nursing programs will be considfered for transfer credit. Students who are admitted to the nursing program are subject to the degree and graduation requirements in the AU catalog and nursing student handbook at the time of admission. 

Requirements:

  1. The Transfer Admission Coordinator will refer all students with completed nursing coursework to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Chair of the Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee for an additional decision to the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing program. 
  2. Applicant must be in good academic standing in their current nursing program as evidenced by a letter from the Dean of that program. 
  3. Achieved at least a 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average in college coursework.
  4. Meet all other program requiremetns listed in the 4-year program:
    • Pass a FBI and BCI background check and drug screen (done prior to entering clinical coursework).
    • Meet the health status critera for mental and physical health.
    • Documentation of ability to perform the essential functions for clinical coursework.
    • Complete record of required immunizations. 

Credit for Transfer Nursing Coursework:

  1. Nursing course credits from an accredited porgram may be granted transfer credits. The Department Chair, Program Director, and/or College Admission, Progression, and Retention Committee review transcripts for clarification of course related content and assessment of transfer credit. 
  2. Transfer nursing coursework accepted to meet degree requriements for AU's nursing proram must have met the nursing degree requirements of the institution where the course credit was completed. 
  3. Clinical orientation, auditing of nursing courses, or retaking of nursing courses may be required in the admission process. 
  4. Students may be required to demonstrate safe practice in medication administration and other skills to progress even if tranfer credit is granted.

What to Expect in the Traditional BSN Program

In this fully accredited progressive program, you’ll complete Ashland University core coursework in your first two academic years and begin clinical nursing coursework starting your junior year.

Nursing majors are introduced to:

  • A theoretical knowledge base for nursing
  • Research for evidence-based practice
  • International perspectives in healthcare
  • The nursing process for families and communities
  • The role of nurses as leaders and managers
  • The role of nurses in legal, ethical, and political settings
  • The highly technical and clinical skills needed for working with patients and their families

Traditional BSN Nursing Program Benefits

  • Learn from world-class faculty and mentors
  • Benefit from small class sizes with individualized attention
  • Participate in interactive simulations at Ashland University’s state-of-the-art simulation center
  • Get clinical experience in the surrounding medical community
  • Direct entry program with no further application required in the clinical coursework
  • NCLEX pass rate, 90% or above in the last two years
  • 1:8 clinical instructor-to-student ratio

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