Aug 19, 2018  

Nursing, BS (Completion)

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Program Description

For information, contact: Myrna Araujo-Constantine,, 269-471-3311

BS Completion provides the RN with an associate degree an opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum focuses on the professional and leadership roles of the BS-prepared nurse. As students come from varying school backgrounds, the program of completion is individualized.  Normally students complete in two to three years (4-6 semesters).  The program requirements will involve clinical activities that cannot be carried out in the student’s normal work setting.

Up to 31 credits of lower-division nursing may be accepted from the associate degree transcript.

RN’s without recognized academic credit in nursing may obtain credit by successfully passing the NLN Upward Mobility Profile II Tests, or an acceptable option. These tests passed at the recommended score would count toward the 31 credits of lower-division nursing credits (although not counted in the GPA).

General Education and Cognate courses are also considered when transferring into our program.  Each student will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine which of the 32 General Education credits and the 28 Cognate credits remain of those required for graduation.

Total Credits: 125

Required Cognates - 3

General Education Requirements - 20


Undergraduate nursing practicum: In nursing classes with a practicum, a ratio of four clinical hours will be required for each semester credit. For example, a 1-credit practicum meets for 60 clock hours, a 2-credit practicum course meets for 120 clock hours, a 1-credit lab meets for 30 clock hours. Practicum hours are indicated in the bulletin in the course description.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission may requre a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation. Deadline for applications is May 15 to be considered for entry into the nursing program in the Fall Semester.

  1. Minimal overall GPA of 3.00
  2. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing—to include Berrien County.
  3. Physical examination report that must include:
    a. Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter
    b. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (measles, mumps, rubella, rubeola), T-dap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussin), and hepatitis B
    c. Proof of either having had chickenpox (dates of disease or tested for varicella-zoster antibodies) or the immunization
  4. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  5. Current licensure as an RN in the United States or equivalent accreditation in country of residence.
  6. Drug screening is required.
  7. Finger Printing is required.


All undergraduate nursing students need to understand that:

  • Nursing courses must be taken in the required sequence.
  • A percentage as stated in the department handbook is required to pass each nursing course.
  • A test average as stated in the department handbook is required for identified nursing courses.
  • No grade lower than a B- is accepted in any undergraduate nursing course.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for cumulative cognate GPA (with no grade lower than a C in any cognate) and cumulative overall GPA.
  • Independent study courses cannot replace required nursing courses.
  • Students wishing to transfer in nursing credits must have course work evaluated by the Nursing Department—Admissions and Progression’s Committee. (Please allow a minimum of six weeks prior to the beginning of classes for evaluation.)
  • Annual flu shots are required.
  • Maintaining a current certification of the American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course.
  • There is an annual review of required health care competencies. (See Handbook for specifics)
  • Any student on a Leave of Absence for two years or more, must have a readmission reevaluation of both clinical and theoretical knowledge.
  • Class attendance is required: The Department of Nursing will uphold University Policy .
  • Clinical attendance is required: See p. 19 and p. 20 of the Department of Nursing Handbook.
  • Student will be asked to withdraw from the nursing program if one or more nursing courses are failed at any time.
  • Students have the right to reapply to the program.
  • Readmission will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Student will be required to show competence via a standardized external exam and remediation before progressing to certain classes.
  • Academic performance alone does not ensure completion of the nursing preparation. Students must also continuously meet acceptable professional ethics, disposition and safety standards as determined by the admissions and progressions committee.
  • A urine drug screen must be completed 20-30 days prior to the start of the first clinical rotation and at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Annual flu shots are required.
  • Annual criminal background check is required.

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