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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Nursing (BSN Completion)

The nursing program is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036; 202.887.6791;

School of Nursing

BSN Completion


  • Admission
    • To be admitted to the B.S.N. Completion program, applicants must have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Registered Nurse Diploma from a regionally accredited college or technical school. Also, students must show documentation of an active U. S. registered nurse license or its international equivalent prior to beginning the second session of nursing courses in the program.
    • Graduates of foreign schools of nursing are not required to have a current nursing license if such credentialing is not required by the country in which they practice.
  • Policy
    • Up to 39 credits of lower division nursing credits will be awarded to the B.S.N. Completion program student who has graduated from a community college, vocational/technical school, or diploma program.
    • Students entering the B.S.N. Completion program with 98 or more credits must complete a minimum of 30 credits from Viterbo University. All the following requirements must also be met – 23 nursing credits required for the major; six credits in support courses for the major (three in statistics and three in ENGL 307); 43 upper division credits; and all other requirements in the core curriculum.
    • A student who does not maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average will not be permitted to progress in nursing designated courses until the grade point average is re-established at 2.5.
    • A student who receives a grade of “CD” or below in a nursing course is placed on probation and must earn grades of “C” or better in any repeated courses in all remaining non-concurrent nursing courses. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
    • A non-probationary student who earns a “D” or “F” in a nursing course may be given the opportunity to repeat the course the following semester (if the course is offered). The student will only be permitted to take another nursing course pending development of an academic success plan.
    • The nurse shall have at least two years of practice in a health care facility, or approval by the B.S.N. Completion Assistant Dean, prior to enrolling in NURS 481, Clinical Synthesis.
    • As with nurses educated in the United States (U.S.), nurses who have received their education in a country outside of the U.S. will have their educational transcripts reviewed on an individual basis. This transcript review will determine direct course-to-course transfer credits, as well as general transfer credits, including those transfer credits which may meet university core curriculum requirements. Once transfer credits are determined, each student’s respective advisor will meet with the student to develop and discuss an individual curricular plan.
    • Additional requirements related to the program can be found in the BSN Completion program handbook.
  • Clinical Requirements
    • Students must meet both university (health history and immunization profile) and clinical agency personnel requirements (up-to-date immunization records and background checks) as specified for prescribed coursework and clinical experiences.
    • Federal and state statues 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 by the state of Wisconsin or others 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. Individuals whose background check identifies bars to the provision of care in contracted agencies or places restrictions of client contact will not be allowed to progress in the program.
    • Students must have the ability to collect appropriate subjective and objective data associated with obtaining a nursing history and performing a physical assessment. The emphasis is on knowing normal findings and normal variations in the healthy adult, well child, and the well elder person as demonstrated by one of the following:
      • Currently completing health histories and physical assessments in the students’ nursing practice.
      • Graduate after 1990 from an ADN program.
      A course must be completed prior to registering for NURS-451, Public Health Nursing-Clinical Application, if the student does not meet one of the above criteria.
  • 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 program). The packet 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.

Nursing Major (degree completion) (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (35-43 credits) – see the degree requirements section of this catalog
  • Major requirements (29 credits)– ENGL 307, MATH 130, NURS 340, 353, 408, 450, 451, 458, 459, 472, 481
  • 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.