Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The B.S.N. program emphasizes intensive and early clinical experience, a strong foundation in acute and critical care nursing and a commitment to service to our community. Our students begin their clinical experience in the first term of the freshman year and complete their program with a 300-hour clinical preceptorship in the senior year. Students graduate with 1600 hours of clinical experience, far exceeding that of other schools of nursing.
The student-learning environment includes traditional classrooms, world-class clinical facilities, community settings and the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC consists of four activity centers: the Clinical Teaching Center; the Center for Bio-informatics and Health Promotion; the Multimedia Simulation Center; and the Cyber Café. Clinical experiences occur in Cleveland’s nationally and internationally renowned health care facilities including the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic and the MetroHealth System. Students also have extensive experience in community health departments, community centers and the Cleveland Municipal School District.


The opportunities available to students are limitless. Students are encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary research projects with senior faculty. They have the opportunity to explore health issues in the global arena, to study in international sites as part of their standard curriculum. International activities are supported by the Bolton School’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center.


Graduates have a foundation in the discipline of nursing, demonstrate leadership in clinical practice, use clinical inquiry to advance practice, become involved in research, and assume responsibility for their own professional development.


Characteristics of the Graduate

Admission Requirements


Freshman

TRANSFER

Degree Requirements


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete the following:

  1. Minimum of 125 hours as specified by the requirements with a 2.0 GPA
  2. A minimum of C for all courses taken in nursing and science
  3. A minimum of 50 credit hours in 300 and 400 level courses
  4. Both the university mandated general education requirements and the nursing major as prescribed by the School of Nursing.

Progression in the B.S.N. Program


Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement in all required courses. To maintain satisfactory academic standing, students must attain a GPA of 2.0 or above by the end of their junior year and must obtain a C or above in all nursing and science courses. Although the university accepts a D as a passing grade, the grading policy of the Bolton School is A, B, C, F. Students who receive two unsatisfactory grades (D or F) in nursing and/or natural and behavioral science courses will be subject to separation from the School of Nursing. See the Undergraduate Student Handbook for a description of the criteria for academic standing.


Students who receive a grade of Incomplete (I), given at the discretion of the instructor for the course, must complete course requirements by the eleventh week of the following semester. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of the circumstances preventing completion of all assigned work. In the absence of notification or adequate justification, the instructor may give the student a final grade that assumes a failing grade for the missing work. If a student fails to submit the work required for removing the Incomplete by the date established by the instructor or by the eleventh week of the following semester, the grade will convert from I to F.


Students who receive an F for a nursing course must register for that course the next semester that it is offered. If the overall GPA falls below the required cumulative GPA, the student is placed on academic probation. If the GPA does not improve the next semester, the Academic Standing Committee will review the student’s record to determine whether extenuating circumstances warrant an additional semester of probation or separation from the university.


Curriculum


This four-year generic program for high school graduates leads to a B.S.N. degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.). The School of Nursing has the right to determine a student’s readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass this examination. This examination is given by State Boards of Nursing, and satisfactory completion of this examination enables the graduate to practice as a R.N. in the state for which the examination was written.


The B.S.N. program includes nursing, science and liberal arts courses. A minimum 125 credit hours, with at least 50 credits from upper division courses, are required for awarding of the B.S.N. degree. Students must meet the university requirements for graduation. The ratio of clinical hours to credit hours is 4 to 1, and for laboratory hours, it is 2 to 1. The program plan for entry-level students to the B.S.N. program is located on the next page.


Program Plan for Generic Baccalaureate Students


Course Hours
Freshman Year – Fall Semester
General Education Requirement 3
NURS 110
Foundations of the Discipline
1
NURS 111
Foundations of the Practice
3
BIOL 114
Principles of Biology
3
BIOL 116
Anatomy & Physiology I
3
SAGES
University First Seminar
4
Total 17
Freshman Year – Spring Semester
NURS 120
Nursing Informatics: Introduction
2
NURS 122
Nursing Assessment
3
NURS 201
Nutrition
2
NURS 160
Community Seminar I
1
BIOL 119
Molecular View of Biology
3
BIOL 117
Anatomy & Physiology II
3
SAGES
University Seminar
3
Total 17
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
NURS 230
Nursing Care of the Adult
5
NURS 211
Pharmacology
2
NURS 250
Aging in Health and Illness
2
NURS 210
Community Seminar II
1
BIOL 121
Chemical Biology
3
SAGES
University Seminar
3
Total 16
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
SOCI 203
Human Development:Medical and Social
3
NURS 342
Medical Microbiology
4
NURS 317
Psych/Mental Health
4
NURS 240
Nursing Care of the Adult II
5
NURS 260
Community Seminar III
1
Total 17
Junior Year - Fall Semester
NURS 351
Acute Care II
4

NURS 353
Critical Care

 

OR

 

NURS 315
Parents & Neonates in Health & Illness

4
NURS 316
Children & Adolescents in Health & Illness
4
STAT 201
Basic Statistics
3
General Education Requirement 3
NURS 310
Community Seminar IV
1
Total 15
Junior Year - Spring Semester
NURS 351
Acute Care II
4

NURS 353
Critical Care

 

OR

 

NURS 315
Parents & Neonates in Health & Illness

4
NURS 316
Children & Adolescents in Health & Illness
4
General Education Requirement 3
NURS 320
Theoretical & Empirical Bases for Practice
3
NURS 345
Informatics III: NIS
2
NURS 360
Community Seminar V
1
Total 17
Senior Year - Fall Semester
NURS 370
Informatics
1
NURS 371
Public Health Nursing
3
NURS 372*
Health in the Global Community
3
NURS 373
Community Practice /Capstone
5
Total 12
Senior Year - Spring Semester
NURS 343
Issue and Ethics in Health Care
2
NURS 341
Concepts of Management
3
Senior Preceptorship
(NURS 350,352,354,356)
9
Total 17

 

R.N./B.S.N. Entry Option


Registered nurse graduates of an associate or diploma program in nursing can obtain their B.S.N. by fulfilling the core requirements of the university and the upper division nursing courses developed specifically for this program.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


Based on successful performance on the NCLEX-RN, 30 semester hours of proficiency in clinical nursing will be granted. Sixty semester hours of course work is the maximum amount that can be accepted as transfer credit toward the 62 hours of the university’s core requirements. However, only 15 semester hours of course work will be accepted for transfer credit after matriculation. Upon the satisfactory completion of the required 30 hours of upper division nursing courses and the 32 hours of proficiency in clinical nursing (total of 124 credits), students will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Transfer credit will be evaluated for content and equivalence to university courses by the appropriate academic department. To be considered by transfer, course syllabi may have to be provided along with the academic transcript.


NURSING CORE REQUIREMENTS


To satisfy university core requirements, 62 semester hours of coursework must be completed in the following areas:

Upper Division Nursing Courses


Course Hours
NURS 318
Nursing in the Community
4
NURS 320
Nursing Research
3
NURS 345
Nursing Informatics III
2
NURS 346
Nursing Informatics IV
2
NURS 391
Home Health Care Nursing
5
NURS 392
Dynamics of Nursing
 
Practice Management 4
New Applications of Nursing
Practice Management 4
NURS 443
Professionalism in Nursing (A,B,C)
3
NURS 444
Health Care Delivery, Legal and (A, B, C)
Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice
3
Total 30