BS in Nursing- Traditional and Accelerated Second-degree Programs
Dr. Jane B. Paige
Phone: (414) 277-4522
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares individuals for the role of the professional nurse. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to care for individuals, families, and communities in complex health care environments. The MSOE School of Nursing (SON) offers two curriculum tracks to earn a BSN: a traditional, full-time track and an accelerated second-degree track.
BS in Nursing Traditional Track (BSN)
The traditional full-time curriculum track is designed specifically for students who are earning their first college degree. Generally, these are students who have graduated from high school and are beginning their college education or students who have earned college credits at another university and are transferring those credits to MSOE. Students are accepted directly into the nursing major. Progression through the sequence of clinical courses is guaranteed to all students who maintain full-time status and continue to meet the academic progression criteria.
Students entering the traditional track from high school are accepted into the program starting freshman year and are guaranteed to graduate in four years if they start and stay on track. Students who transfer into the program enter the appropriate place in the curriculum sequence following a complete transfer evaluation. SON faculty advisors will work with part-time students to outline a sequence of courses that lead to degree completion.
BS in Nursing Accelerated Second-degree Track (BSN-ASD)
This track is designed specifically for the adult professional who has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers. The BSN-ASD is a compressed, year-round curriculum designed to enable students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in approximately 18 months, assuming the student has met all of the prerequisites.
Student Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates of the BSN program will be able to:
- Provide safe, effective compassionate nursing care based on clinical standards that take in to account the holistic needs of the client while progressing towards independent practice.
- Use independent decision making to communicate critical thinking and reflective practice when applying the nursing process to individualize care for the client with complex needs.
- Incorporate effective communication and health education skills with clients and other members of the healthcare team to improve coordination of care and to minimize risk and error.
- Maintain a professional role; recognize client as full partner when providing compassionate care; engage in lifelong learning and initiate change responsive to the needs of society.
- Use health information technology to monitor and analyze outcomes; employ, select and evaluate biomedical technologies to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care progressing towards independent practice.
- Provide leadership that values the ideas and contributions of others when coordinating care and collaborating with members of health care team to improve health care outcomes.
- Demonstrate commitment to improve practice by retrieving and synthesizing evidence from diverse sources of professional literature that support decisions to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care
School of Nursing (SON) Student Handbook
Additional policies and procedures are outlined in the SON Student Handbook. Students are oriented to this document upon admission and annually through graduation. All students are expected to comply with the policies and procedures outlined in the most current edition of the SON Student Handbook.
The following requirements are in addition to the academic regulations and policies in the MSOE Undergraduate Catalog.
A. Academic progression (Traditional and Accelerated)
- A grade of “C” or better in Human Anatomy and Physiology series is the prerequisite to progress into NU 2011 , NU 2320 , NU 2810 , and NU 290 .
A grade of “C” or better in all required NU courses (except NU electives) is the prerequisite to progress to the next nursing course.
- A grade of less than “C” or “W” in NU courses (except NU electives) must be repeated in its entirety (theory and clinical). This will delay progression.
- Students who have a gap of three or more consecutive quarters between clinical courses must be able to demonstrate the competencies of the last clinical course through a formal assessment (no cost).
a. Students must contact the SON Chair or Program Director at least one quarter prior to the start of the next course to plan for a formal assessment of knowledge and skills.
b. A formal assessment of the student’s knowledge, skills and abilities will determine if the student is able to progress or if a remediation/review (as an Instructional Review) is required.
c. If remediation/review is required, it will be an individualized 1-6 credit NU499IR Instructional Review.
d. Students who are not successful in the Instructional Review must take a NU 499 Independent Study, developed based on student’s specific learning needs. The Independent Study may be taken concurrently with the clinical course. Tuition fees will apply to the Independent Study.
5. Final grades in clinical courses are comprised of two parts:
a. A numeric grade based on exams, written work, and assignments related to lab, clinical and simulation activities.
b. A pass/fail grade for clinical performance. The clinical performance is based on faculty evaluation.
c. If a student receives a “no pass” for clinical performance, the letter grade will be a CD, D, or F for the course.
B. School of Nursing Academic Dismissal; the following academic situations will result in dismissal from the nursing program:
- Earning less than a “C” in three required nursing courses (this includes all NU courses except NU electives).
- Earning less than a “C” in the same NU course twice.
- Withdrawal from the same NU course 2 times due to poor academic performance will count as one less than C grade.
Special Testing Accommodations
Students with special needs should follow up with the BSN Program Director or MSOE disability services coordinator.
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