- Implement a professional nursing
curriculum that builds on a strong liberal arts foundation for undergraduate
learners and offers specialization, expansion, and/or advancement in nursing
practice for graduate and professional learners.
- Provide an educational experience that
emphasizes active learning in a values based context.
- Create a collegial environment that
facilitates the professional development of students and faculty.
- Prepare graduates for professional
nursing roles in a dynamic health care environment.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program prepares students for
professional holistic nursing practice. Faculty create an educational
experience that embraces the pursuit of wisdom and values of caring, integrity,
collegiality, and commitment as preparation for faithful service and ethical
leadership in a dynamic health environment.
curriculum leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing consists of
four academic years (eight semesters). A five-year option (10 semesters) is
also available. This option reduces the number of credit hours each semester.
Students who do not meet the prerequisites for the science support courses or
whose academic record indicates the need for remedial work may be required to
follow the five-year program. Other students may elect the five-year option as
needed. The graduate of the nursing program is eligible to write the National
Council Licensure Examination. After achieving a satisfactory score on this examination,
the graduate qualifies as a registered nurse who is prepared to function in a
beginning position as a member of an interdisciplinary health team in a variety
to the Nursing Major
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
to the Professional Nursing Program
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.
eligible to apply as Viterbo University students are those who have or are in
the process of completing two semesters of full-time coursework 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.
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
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.
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 100/171
- BIOL 104 and 114 (with grades of C or
- CHEM 106 (with a grade of C or better)
- SOCL 125
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of
2.75 or above.
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 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.
Students not currently enrolled in at
least their second semester 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
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 into sophomore
level nursing courses. 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.
in the Professional Nursing Program
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.
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
nursing mathematics competency test must be completed prior to starting
clinical. (Spring semester sophomore year.)
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
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.
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.
students can choose to participate in an elective study abroad program.
Students can earn credit for academic or clinical study through opportunities
for cultural immersion experiences within the nursing curriculum or as part of the
core curriculum or elective courses. Students are encouraged to work with their
academic advisors early in their program of study to plan for these experiences
well in advance. More information is available through the Office of Global
Nursing Major (Bachelor of Science in
- core curriculum and mission seminars – see
the degree requirements section of this catalog
- nursing requirements – NURS
221, 230, 240, 290, 322, 332, 342, 349, 365, 372, 382, 422, 432, 452, 460, 461,
- support courses – BIOL
104, 114, 296, CHEM 106 or 120 and 121, MATH 130 or 230, NUTR 280, PSYC 100 or
171, 220, SOCL 125
- final degree requirements – see
degree requirements section of this catalog
The total credits of the major and support course
requirements are 89-94. The core curriculum and mission seminars require 38-52
credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the 300/400 level,
are required to graduate. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions
could modify these credit totals.