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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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School of Nursing

  • Admission to the Nursing Major
    • The following requirements must be met in order to be accepted as a nursing major:
      • composite ACT score of 20
      • high school rank in the 55th percentile or higher; applicants with no high school rank must have a high school grade point average of 3.0/4.0 scale
      • completion of one year of high school chemistry, or equivalent, with grades of C or better
      • completion of two years of high school algebra, or equivalent, with grades of C or better
  • Admission to the Professional Nursing Program
    • The professional nursing sequence of courses begins at the sophomore level. Viterbo students wishing to enter the professional nursing program at the sophomore level must complete a formal application for admission by April 1 prior to the fall semester of desired entry into sophomore level nursing classes.
    • A nursing math competency test must be successfully completed prior to submitting the application.
    • Students eligible to apply as Viterbo University students are those who have or are in the process of completing 12 credits at Viterbo University. Students must complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring semester in which the application is filed. The completed application packet must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered. The application is available online.
    • The Nursing Admission Committee will review student records after the posting of spring semester grades. Letters of acceptance/denial will be mailed by June 15. The committee will admit the most qualified students based on cumulative grade point average (GPA), cumulative GPA in prerequisite courses, science GPA, and previous academic records. Preference for admission will be given to the most qualified students. The school may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional nursing sequence. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, meeting the minimum criteria for admission may not be sufficient to be admitted to the professional nursing sequence. Entrance is a competitive process. Students not granted admission may either: a) make application one more time in the subsequent year or b) pursue another major.
    • Those who wish to re-apply must submit a new application packet. Applications are not automatically carried forward. Applicants who have applied in the past are given no special consideration and are reviewed as a member of the current applicant pool. Individuals who re-apply must be currently enrolled at Viterbo University.
    • Applicants for the professional nursing sequence must have completed the following prerequisites by the end of the semester in which the application for admission to the professional nursing program is filed: ENGL 103, PSYC 171, BIOL 104 and 114 (with grades of C or better), CHEM 106 (with a grade of C or better), SOCL 125, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above.
  • Readmission Policy
    • An individual previously dismissed from the School of Nursing shall be required to complete a readmission packet for the respective program (traditional or B.S.N. Completion.) The guidelines shall be obtained from the assistant dean of the program to which the individual is seeking readmission. The completed readmission packet will be evaluated on an individual basis by the assistant dean and a readmission board.
  • Transfer Policy
    • Students not currently enrolled in at least 12 credits at the university are considered transfer students into the nursing major. Transfer students who apply to enter the university as nursing majors will meet the same requirements for admission as entering freshmen. If ACT data is not available, placement testing in math, reading, and writing, and an interview are required. Transcripts from all previous post secondary schools must be submitted; a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on transfer credits (total honor points divided by number of credits) is required.
    • Transfer students may apply to the professional nursing sequence once they meet all of the academic criteria. The formal application for admission to the professional nursing program must be filed by April 1 prior to the fall semester of desired entry. All complete transfer student application will be considered after June 30. Acceptance will be dependent on the number of slots open in the sophomore class. Transfer students will be prioritized in the same manner as internal university application until all openings are filled.
  • Progression in the Professional Nursing Program
    • In order to progress in the professional nursing program, students must earn a grade of C in BIOL 296 or repeat the course until a grade of C is earned. Students are expected to earn grades of C or higher in nursing courses. Students who earn a grade of CD or lower in a nursing course will be placed on probation and must earn grades of C or better in all remaining nursing courses. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher throughout the nursing program.
  • Clinical Requirements
    • Prior to starting the fall semester of sophomore courses, students must show completion of the following: certification as a nursing assistant (CNA), current CPR for Health Professionals, up-to-date health history and immunization profile including: physical examination report; record of up-to-date immunization status including – tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella; results of an annual Tuberculin test; rubella, rubeola, varicella, and mumps titers
    • It is required that the student’s health file and CPR certification remain current throughout the course of the program. Failure to comply will mean that the student will not be allowed to begin or to continue in clinical practicum experiences.
    • Federal and state statutes require that criminal background checks be completed for all persons who provide nursing care for others or who have access to people who receive care. Clinical agencies prohibit placement of students with criminal histories of specific crimes and offenses that have been identified as bars to employment or licensure (such as abuse, assault, or neglect). The School of Nursing requires that all students complete a background information disclosure statement and a criminal history search prior to beginning the first clinical practicum in nursing. Students also are required to complete background information disclosure statements at the beginning of each level of the program to insure that requirements continue to be met. In addition, clinical agencies may have other specific requirements that students must meet prior to placement. Individuals whose background check identifies bars to the provision of care in contracted agencies or places restrictions on client contact will not be allowed to progress in the program.
    • Viterbo University School of Nursing utilizes a wide variety of community agencies to assist students in meeting the nursing curriculum objectives. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from these clinical agencies.
    • Additional requirements related to the professional program can be found in the current B.S.N. student handbook (traditional program).

Nursing Major (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (38-52 credits) – see the degree requirements section of this catalog
  • Major requirements (86-91 credits) – BIOL 104, 114, 296, CHEM 106 or 120 and 121, MATH 130 or 230, NURS 221, 230, 240, 290, 322, 332, 342, 349, 365, 372, 382, 422, 432, 452, 465, 482, NUTR 280, PSYC 171, 220, SOCL 125
  • Bachelor of Science requirement –a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
  • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level
    Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.