Baccalaureate Program (BSN)

Pre-licensure Program: Traditional Program

Program Description

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) for students seeking initial entry into the professional practice of nursing. Students admitted to this program complete all general education and support course work prior to entering the clinical component of the program. Upon degree conferral, graduates of this program earn a BSN and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.

Admission
Students are admitted to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Traditional BSN Program in the fall of each year. The application process is initiated during the spring term prior to admission. Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.

Admission to the Upper Division Pre-licensure Traditional BSN Program requires the following:

  1. Admission to Spalding University
  2. Graduation from high school or equivalent
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in college courses
  4. Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (minimum of 60% on both reading and math sections of the exam)
  5. Ability to meet all psychomotor requirements of the curriculum.
  6. Successful completion of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course or a document attesting to achievement of designated competencies.
  7. Submission of a written application to the School of Nursing.
  8. TOEFL score if born outside the US. The required score on the iBT TOEFL is 83.
  9. An interview with the School of Nursing Admission and Progression Committee if requested.
  10. All University Studies must be complete prior to the start of the upper division nursing courses.

Procedure for Admission
To apply, students must submit a fully completed Application for Admission to the School of Nursing no later than February 1. Applications are available from the student's academic counselor or from the School of Nursing. Initial review of applications begins in the spring term prior to admission in the fall of the academic year. Students are notified in writing of their admission status.

Required Prerequisite Courses:
A grade of C or higher is required in each of the courses listed below. Students with two or more Ds or Fs in prerequisite courses within the past 10 years, regardless of where the courses were taken, will have a less competitive application.

Contact the School of Nursing for detailed information on the program of studies, policies on admission, limited enrollment, academic achievement, transfer credits, opportunities for credentialing of prior learning, health requirements, clinical guidelines, withdrawal, dismissal, residency and graduation requirements.

Nursing students must earn a C or higher in each Nursing course to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students are only able to withdraw from a nursing course only one time. Students are also required to complete a comprehensive exit exam as a part of the final nursing course NURS 430 prior to completing the program.

Pre-Licensure Program: Second Degree Program

Program Description
The School of Nursing offers a Second Degree BSN Program designed for persons with a bachelor's degree in another field who are interested in earning a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN).

Accelerated Day Option - May Start
The Accelerated Second Degree Program, innovative in design, adapts the clinical nursing program of the traditional BSN program and packages it into eight (8) six-week sessions. This full-time, year-round program allows students to complete the BSN curriculum in approximately one year. Graduates of the Program are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse.

Extended Evening/Weekend Option (Second Degree Students Only) - August Start
The Evening/Weekend Second Degree Program offers students who are working full-time with a flexible schedule to complete the BSN degree. The program is extended over 24 months. Classes meet 4 evenings per week, and clinicals are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission
Students begin the Accelerated Day Second Degree BSN Program in May (Session 6) or Extended Evening Second Degree BSN Program in August (session 1) of each year after they have completed the academic requirements listed below. The application process is initiated during the term prior to admission. Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.

Admission to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN Day and Extended Evening option requires the following:

  1. Admission to Spalding University.
  2. A baccalaureate or higher degree in another discipline from an accredited college or university.
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in college courses.
  4. Successful completion (C or higher) of all prerequisite courses.
  5. 4. Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) [ minimum of 60% on both reading and math sections of the exam]
  6. Ability to meet psychomotor requirements of the curriculum.
  7. Successful completion of: a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course at Spalding University School of Nursing, documentation of successful completion of CNA certification exam, or documentation of achievement of designated competencies.
  8. TOEFL score if born outside the US. The required score on the TOEFL iBT is 83.

Procedures for Admission
To apply, students must submit a fully completed Application for Admission to the School of Nursing no later than November 1 for the May Cohort and Februrary 1 for the August evening/weekend cohort. Applications are available from the student's academic counselor or from the School of Nursing. Initial review of applications begins in the fall term prior to admission in the spring of the academic year. Students are notified in writing of their admission status.

Required Prerequisite Courses

A grade of C or higher is required in each of the courses listed below. Students with two or more Ds or Fs in prerequisite courses within the past 10 years, regardless of where the courses were taken, will have a less competitive application.

Contact the Director of the BSN Program in the School of Nursing for detailed information on the program of studies, policies on admission, limited enrollment, academic achievement, transfer credits, opportunities for credentialing of prior learning, health requirements, clinical guidelines, withdrawal, dismissal, residency and graduation requirements.

Second Degree Nursing students must earn a C or higher in each Nursing course to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students are only able to withdraw from a nursing course only one time . Students are also required to complete a comprehensive exit exam as a part of the final nursing course NURS 430 prior to completing the program.

RN to BSN Program

The School of Nursing offers an RN to BSN Program for Registered Nurses that hold an active and unrestricted license. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing courses will receive transfer credit from their nursing program and must complete an additional 29 hours for regionally accredited programs and 33 hours for non-regionally accredited programs. Courses are offered through the Adult Accelerated Program in a six-week session format.

Admission
Students may be admitted to the RN to BSN Program at any time during the year, and, if accepted, may begin the program in the next-occurring session. Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.

Admission to the RN to BSN Program requires the following:

  1. Admission to Spalding University.
  2. An active and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse.
  3. A graduate of a regionally or non-regionally accredited Associate Degree, Diploma Nursing Program, or nationally accredited college's Associate Degree Nursing Program (these programs will follow an Alternative Model Program Plan).
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing courses.
  5. Eight hours of Anatomy and Physiology with labs and four hours of Microbiology with a lab with a grade of "C" or higher.

University Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree
Complete a minimum of 120 prescribed and elective college credits, including 28 to 33 credits in the nursing major. At least 30 of these hours must be completed at Spalding. Transfer credit will be given for the nursing courses and courses meeting University Studies requirements. Transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis. A grade of "C" or better in each nursing and support course.

Procedure for Admission
To apply, students must submit a fully completed Application for Admission and have official transcripts sent to Spalding from all the colleges they attended (official transcripts are transcripts sent directly from the college to Spalding’s Admissions Department). Applications are available from the student's academic counselor, Director of the RN to BSN Program, AAP admissions counselor or online. Initial review of applications occurs on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. Based on available space, students may be accepted into the program up until the forty eight hours before the first day of classes. Students are notified in writing of their admission status.

Contact the Director of the RN-BSN Program in the School of Nursing for detailed information on the program of studies, policies on admission, limited enrollment, academic achievement, transfer credits, withdrawal, dismissal, residency, and graduation requirements.


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