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Nursing: RN BSN

BSN Degree

Marian Smith, DNP, Chair, Nursing & Health Division
            Nursing Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 126
(270) 384-7442  smithm@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Emiley Button, MSN; Tamara Eastham, MSN; Ashley Hancock, MSN; Makeda Mulugeta, MSN; Marian Smith, DNP


The BSN degree program at Lindsey Wilson College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

The Lindsey Wilson College Nursing program is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  (1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036).


Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing & Health division is to provide quality undergraduate nursing education that prepares students for baccalaureate-generalist professional nursing practice.


Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.


Vision

With the intentional and cooperative efforts of the entire College community, and through excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service, the Lindsey Wilson College Nursing & Health division aspires to:

  • Be the regional leader in providing an exceptional nursing education;
  • Create the best possible environment for the individual growth of students;
  • Graduate students who are prepared for life and professional nursing practice in a complex, rapidly changing world and health care environment; and
  • Advance health at the local, regional, and global arenas through scientific evidence and sound professional practice.


RN BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon completion of the Lindsey Wilson College RN BSN program, graduates will:

  1. Utilize written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies to communicate effectively;
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgment, critical thinking, and caring to design and deliver safe, evidence-based, spiritually and culturally appropriate, patient-centered care;
  3. Integrate theories and concepts from undergraduate liberal arts education into baccalaureate-generalist nursing practice;
  4. Understand the nature of human values and ethical responsibility;
  5. Demonstrate personal, organizational, and systems leadership to improve safe patient care and to advance professional nursing practice;
  6. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration to achieve optimal health care outcomes;
  7. Utilize information management and technologies to deliver safe, effective, patient-centered care;
  8. Evaluate professional standards, healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments with regard to nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety;
  9. Implement clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan and across the health care continuum; and
  10. Embrace lifelong learning and professional development (provider, manager of care, and member of the profession).


Application Deadlines

Lindsey Wilson College and the RN BSN program do not have an application deadline or an application fee.  Students can apply at any time, with no fee and no obligation.  The RN BSN program coordinator works individually with students during the admission process.  Lindsey Wilson College uses a rolling admissions plan that enables the Admissions office to notify applicants of admission decisions as soon as all credentials have been received.  Similarly, the Nursing & Health Division Admissions Progression Committee reviews all nursing student applicants and takes action on them promptly.  Students are notified of admission t the RN BSN program by the Chair of the Nursing & Health division.  Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the RN BSN program.  Correspondence to applicants regarding admission status will be sent to the contact information submitted to the Nursing & Health division with the admission application.  Applicants are responsible for notifying the Nursing & Health division in writing of any contact changes.


Entrance Criteria

Students seeking admission to the RN BSN program must meet the following standards:

  1. Admission to Lindsey Wilson College.  All admission requirements outlined in the current catalog apply.  Policies and procedures are located in the catalog.
  2. Completion of Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a state-approved pre-licensure associate degree nursing program, as evidenced by the transcript.
    • Completion of the associate degree with Kentucky General Education Full Certification is recommended.
    • Students who have not earned the Kentucky General Education Full Certification will be required to complete the Lindsey Wilson College Essential Learning General Education program.
  3. Active, unencumbered Kentucky Licensure.
  4. Submission of the completed RN BSN application.
  5. Returned letter of acceptance with student signature to the Nursing & Health division office by the designated date. 
  6. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 
  7. Evidence of clinical practice within the last five years.
  8. Interview, as requested by the RN BSN program coordinator or the Nursing & Health division faculty.
  9. Verification by transcript from a state-approved pre-licensure program of coursework equivalent to the following courses with grade C or higher as equivalent coursework:
    • Microbiology (BIOL 2104) -- 4 hours
    • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) -- 4 hours
    • Human Physiology (BIOL 2624) -- 4 hours
    • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) -- 3 hours
    • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) -- 3 hours
    • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) -- 3 hours
    • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) -- 3 hours 
    • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) -- 3 hours
    • Life Span Development (PSYC/HS 3103) -- 3 hours
    • Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2002) -- 2 hours
    • Foundations of Professional Practice (NURS 2024) -- 4 hours
    • Adult Health Nursing I (NURS 3105) -- 5 hours
    • Maternal/Newborn/Family-Centered Nursing (NURS 3305) -- 5 hours
    • Pediatric/Family-Centered Nursing (NURS 3355) -- 5 hours
    • Mental Health Nursing (NURS 4105) -- 5 hours
    • Adult Health Nursing II (NURS 4307) -- 7 hours
    • Nursing Synthesis (NURS 4402) -- 2 hours


Ttransfer Student Admission

Students seeking admission to the RN BSN program are considered transfer students and must meet all Lindsey Wilson College transfer requirements and RN BSN program entrance requirements.

  1. All entrance criteria admission steps as outlined above.
  2. Prior post-licensure nursing coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  If a student wishes to have previous (post-licensure) coursework or program-required courses evaluated for transfer acceptance, then the student must initiate a Nursing & Health Division Course Substitution form with the application process or prior to enrolling in the course (if already admitted and progressing in the program).  The form can be obtained from the Nursing & Health division office (nursing@lindsey.edu).  It MUST be completed in order for any course to be considered as transfer substitution.  This includes but is not limited to course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested.  Acceptance of coursework is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by the College's RN BSN program and the timeframe since coursework completion (maximum 5 years).

Note:   All students wishing to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must earn at least 50 percent of degree requirements at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

Academic Standards for Progression

Nursing students are subject to the College's policies pertaining to academic standing.  These College policies can be found in the College catalog.  In addition, students admitted to the BSN programs (pre-licensure and RN BSN) are expected to attain the following minimum progression standards during the course of study:

  • BSN program suspension:  The student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the major to progress in the program.
  • BSN program dismissal:  Student does not meet progression criteria at a level that constitutes dismissal from the program.  Students dismissed from an academic program (pre-licensure or RN BSN) may progress at Lindsey Wilson College, but they can no longer be a nursing major.

 

Progression Criteria

Unmet Criteria and Inability to Progress

  • Maintain overall  cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0).

Student

  • Is suspended from the nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • Must reapply to the nursing program (following all admission entrance criteria) with letter of explanation accompanying application;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the nursing program for GPA (2.0) or less; and
  • Will be dismissed from the nursing program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  • Maintain cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0) for all prerequisite and nursing program required courses.

 

Student

  • Is suspended from the nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must raise and maintain GPA to C (2.0) or greater in all pre-requisite and nursing program required courses;
  • Must reapply to the nursing program (following all admission entrance criteria) with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • May be suspended only one time while in the nursing  program for GPA (2.0) or less for a prerequisite and nursing program required course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the nursing program with second suspension from the program for this progression criterion.
  • Achieve a minimum grade of C (77%) or higher in each nursing course before proceeding to the next sequential nursing course. 

Students should note that the Nursing & Health division's grading policy differs from the College's policy.

Student

  • Is suspended from the nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must submit a written request at the time of course failure (within one week of final grade posting for the semester) to the Chair of the Nursing & Health division stating the desire to repeat the course;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course for which a C (77%) or less was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and
  • Will be dismissed from the nursing program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  • Achieve a pass (P) grade in the laboratory/ clinical component of each nursing course.  If a student receives a final grade of unsatisfactory in any laboratory/clinical component of a course, the unsatisfactory constitutes failure of the course.

Student

  • Is suspended from the nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must submit a written request at the time of course failure (within one week of final grade posting for the semester) to the Chair of the Nursing & Health division stating the desire to repeat the course;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application; student will be required to wait until the next sequential nursing course is offered;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course for which a C (77%) or less was earned;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher with the second attempt at repeating course; and 
  • Will be dismissed from the nursing program if second attempt at repeating the course is unsuccessful.
  • Maintain all clinical compliance requirements and adhere to all College, Nursing & Health division, and clinical agency policies, procedures, and standards.

Constitutes dismissal from the program.

In order to comply with clinical requirements of affiliating health care agencies, students who are admitted to the program must obtain a criminal background check and drug screening test and must comply with all clinical compliance requirements.  Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and students who fail the drug screening test the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities. 

  • Demonstrate successful completion of all nursing courses with only one NURS course failure while in the program.

Two failures (grade below a C) in any nursing-designated courses (NURN) will result in dismissal from the program.

  • Adhere to all LWC academic policies regarding dropping a course or withdrawing from the College.  Must make an appointment with nursing advisor to complete Drop/Add form, adhering to all designated College catalog policies and calendar dates.

Dropping a nursing course or withdrawing from the College places the student out of progression sequence in the program.  Therefore, the student is considered suspended from the nursing program and must follow the following procedure.

Student

  • Is suspended from the nursing program and course sequencing;
  • Must meet with academic advisor to initiate and develop an academic success contract to be placed on file in the advising folder;
  • Must reapply to the nursing program with letter of explanation accompanying application;
  • Must reenroll in the next sequential nursing course offered or the suspension from the program will revert to a dismissal from the program;
  • May have suspension lifted and be readmitted to nursing curriculum sequence pending seat/clinical availability and demonstration of skills competency for previous nursing courses;
  • Must reenroll in the course that was dropped;
  • Must earn a grade of C (77%) or higher in the course; and 
  • Cannot reenroll in any nursing course after the course has been dropped more than one time.
  • Complete the nursing program within five years after the first official program enrollment date.

Constitutes dismissal from the program.

 

Grading Scale

The Nursing & Health division uses a grading scale different from other academic units of the College.  Consistent with other nursing programs, the grading scale requires students to earn 77% or higher to be awarded a C or better.  The Nursing & Health division uses the following grading scale:  A = 93-100%, B = 85-92%, C = 77-84, D = 70-76%, F = 69% or lower.

 

Program Requirements:  45-60 hours

Students must complete the major's non-NURN and NURN program requirements.  

A.  Non-NURN Course Requirements:  6-9 hours

  • Functions & Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for MATH 2203, unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH 2203) -- 3 hours
  • Christian Beliefs (RELI 1003), Old Testament (RELI 1013) or New Testament (RELI 1023) -- 3 hours

B.  Non-NURN Recommended Coursework:  3 hours

  • Nutrition (NUTR 2103) -- 3 hours

C.  Professional Nursing Courses:  39-48 hours

  • Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (NURN 3012) -- 2 hours
  • Comprehensive Health Assessment (NURN 3024) -- 4 hours
  • Complex Disease Concepts & Care (NURN 3114) -- 4 hours
  • Healthcare Informatics (NURN 3122) -- 2 hours
  • Global Health (NURN 3213) -- 3 hours
  • Population Health (NURN 4313) -- 3 hours
  • Healthcare Ethics (NURN 4323) -- 3 hours
  • Art & Science of Leadership (NURN 4413) -- 3 hours
  • Evidence-Based Practice (NURN 4423) -- 3 hours
  • Internship (NURN PN00) -- 3-12 hours
  • Organizational & Systems Leadership (NURN 4614) -- 4 hours
  • Interprofessional Education & Collaboration (NURN 4622) -- 2 hours
  • Nursing Certification & Credentials (NURN 4713) -- 3 hours


General Electives

A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation, thus some students may need to take general electives to meet that requirement.

 


 

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