Jun 20, 2018  

Nursing BSN (Pre-licensure)

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Students enter the university as declared nursing majors (pre-nursing), this eight-semester nursing program covers four academic years. The curriculum focuses on the provision of care and the promotion of health for individuals and families. Students gain proficiency through both class (theory) and laboratory (practicum/clinical) experiences in a variety of settings.

The first year includes general education courses, cognate courses, and NRSG 215 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts . Transfer students will take NRSG 215 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts  in the Spring Semester of their Sophomore year.

An independent admissions process by the Department of Nursing is required for students who wish to enter the pre-licensure program (see admission requirements). The program is comprised of on-campus courses and clinical practica. Students will be charged a professional fee each semester.

Students are encouraged to apply for entrance into the professional nursing program prior to completion of the spring semester of their freshman year. Nursing application needs to be submitted by May 15, of the admission year.

Total Credits: 125

Major: Additional Requirements


Undergraduate nursing practicum: In nursing classes with a practicum, a ratio of four clock hours will be required for each semester of clinical credit. For example, a 1-credit clinical course meets for 60 clock hours, a 2-credit clinical course meets for 120 clock hours.

Undergraduate nursing laboratory: In nursing classes with laboratory hours, a ratio of two laboratory clock hours will be required for each semester of laboratory credit.  For example, a 1-credit laboratory meets for 30 clock hours in the semester.  Clinical hours are indicated in the bulletin in the course description.


Program Completion

Students who enter as Freshman, are expected to complete the BSN Pre-Licensure program within 6 years (maximum).

Students who enter as Sophomores, are expected to complete the BSN Pre-Licensure program within 4.5 years (maximum), beginning with NRSG 216 - Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice.


Andrews Core Experience—32

Students must take all courses designated in the Andrews Core Experience: Professional Degrees  while noting the following approved course substitutions.

Early Admission Requirements

The Early Admission track is available to incoming freshman students that have not attended college or university as a full-time student who meet the criteria below and complete the additional Department of Nursing requirements for acceptance into this track (medical requirements, background check& drug screen). This track ensures direct admission into the professional nursing program when progression criteria are met.

  • High School Cumulative GPA: 3. 5
  • ACT Composite, Math, Science, and English& Reading Score: 22 or higher

Regular Admission Requirements

Application for admission may require a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation. The deadline for applications for May 15 to be considered for entry into the nursig program in the Fall Semester.

  1. Minimal overall GPA of 3.00
  2. BIOL 221, 222, PSYC 301, FDNT 230, PSYC 101, CHEM 110
  3. Minimal combined GPA for cognates of 3.00. A grade of C or higher is acceptable for any cognate course.
  4. A math placement score of P2 or above; or successful completion of College Algebra MATH 145 or a higher level math class with a grade of C or better; or acceptable SAT or ACT math scores.
  5. If you are a transfer student, evidence of taking a college algebra class with a C grade or higher will satisfy the nursing program admission requirements. Whether a Math Placement Exam is needed or not needed is determined by the Department of Mathematics.
  6. Nelson Denny Reading Test score of 15 or ACT Reading & English score 20 or greater
  7. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing— https://portal.castlebranch.com/NS39.
  8. A urine drug screen is required before admission and yearly after. Some clinical sites may require different drug screen times. Drug screens are completed by https://portal.castlebranch.com/NS39.
  9. Physical examination report that must include:
    1. Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter
    2. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), T-dap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and Hepatitis B                              
    3. Proof of immunization or serum immunity for varicella-zoster
    4. Annual flu shots taken October–December
  10. All students are required to have BLS Healthcare Provider Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).
  11. Depending upon the situation, a student may be required to have an interview.
  12. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.
  13. All nursing students must be accepted into the nursing program by the Andrews University Department of Nursing Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee before entering into any nursing class. Students must apply for admission to the nursing program by May 15. Typically this process is begun while taking NRSG 215: Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts. Early admission students meeting progression requirements will automatically progress to sophomore year of the nursing program without additional application process
  14. All students must complete the following cognate courses prior to entering the nursing program:
  15. NRSG 215 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts  —needs to be completed during the freshman year at Andrews University or during the first year of residency as a transfer, LPN, or 2nd degree student.
  16. Cognates (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Human Development, Nutrition, Psychology and Statistics) older than five (5) years will not be accepted as credit and will need to be retaken as a class for credit or take a standardized challenge exam, such as the CLEP as approved by the Department of Nursing.
  17. ADA Accommodations: Andrews University accepts and appreciates diversity in its students, including students with learning and other disabilities.

    If you feel that you have a learning, psychological, emotional disability it is mandatory that it be formally documented by the Andrews University Counseling & Testing Center, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency or other source recommended by the above two agencies. This document is required for accommodation to be granted. Less obvious physical disability requires documentation by University Medical Specialties.

    If you qualify for accommodations under the American Disabilities Act, please see your instructor and advisor as soon as possible for referral and assistance in arranging such accommodations.

NOTE: Students have the right to reapply to the program one time.


  1. A GPA of at least 3.00 overall must be maintained throughout the nursing program. Should the GPA fall below 3.00, the student will be placed on departmental academic probationary status and may  not be allowed to progress based upon a decision by the Andrews University Department of Nursing Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee. Students will not be permitted to register for any of the last semester nursing courses with a GPA below 3.00.
  2. Before progressing to senior year, all courses on the curriculum guide through junior year must be completed.
  3. Only a grade of C and higher is accepted in cognate courses and a grade of B- or higher in nursing courses.
  4. To better enable all nursing students in the continual pursuit of excellence in nursing, all students must:
    1. Pass each nursing class with a grade of 80%, equivalent to a “B-” or higher, and      
    2. Have a test grade average of 80% or higher. The test average of 80% is applicable to all nursing classes, except NRSG 215 Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts and NRSG 445 Nursing Research.

      The grading system for each class will be:
      100-93 A            79-77 C+
      92-90 A-            76-75 C
      89-87 B+            74-70 C-
      86-83 B              69-60 D
      82-80 B-             Below 60 F

      Nursing courses with a practicum component will require the student to successfully pass both the theory and practicum sections in order to receive a passing grade for the course.
  5. When a student fails the clinical portion of a course, the student has failed the entire course. If a student withdraws from a nursing course, or changes from credit to audit due to potential failure, the student must understand that withdrawal is considered failure of the course.
  6. Repeating courses:
    1. Required cognates may be repeated only once
    2. Nursing courses:
      1. Only one (1) C+ grade in nursing courses is permitted in the program. This policy does not apply to courses with clinical failure. The second C+ grade or below will result in dismissal from the program. Students have the option to reapply one (1) time to the program. Reapplication does not guarantee readmission.
      2. Readmission is considered on an individual basis only by the APRG Committee. The application should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant showing evidence of professional growth achieved during the time out of the program (i.e. Nurse tech/CNA, mission work, improving cognate, remedial study skills with student success) and employment.
      3. The student may be interviewed by the APRG Committee before a final decision is made. If a student is readmitted and he/she fails one more nursing course or voluntarily withdraws from any nursing course they will be dismissed from the program.
      4. May be repeated only once if the student is readmitted to the program.
  7. A medication dosage calculation test is required at the beginning of each clinical course beginning with NRSG216 Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice. The passing score is 90%. Students are not permitted to attend clinicals until a test is passed. Students will have two opportunities to pass a medication dosage calculation test. If two failures occur, the student must demonstrate evidence of remedial training before attempting a third test. Failure to pass the test after the third try will be discussed by the Andrews University Department of Nursing Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee and may result in delayed progression in their nursing program. The grade students receive on the first test will be the one integrated in the overall grade.
  8. For NCLEX success the recommended “time frame” for completing the undergraduate nursing degree is 3–4 years, beginning with the sophomore year. To this end students are provided a curriculum guide, to follow as advised.
  9. Any student returning to the program that has been absent for one year must show competency theoretically and/or clinically with a standardized test passing score as determined by the nursing department in order to progress in the program. The primary nursing instructor for each class will make an evaluation and recommendation to the Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee, who will then make the final decision. Please be aware of the following:
    1. This will require a minimum of at least six weeks processing time.
    2. If a student does not pass the evaluation, they are required to retake the class(es) before progressing in the program.
    3. Competency may be evaluated only once.
    4. Students will be responsible for the testing fees.
  10. Any student that is transferring from another accredited bachelor’s degree nursing program into the Andrews University bachelor’s degree nursing program, may have their Fundamentals, Pathophysiology and/or Health Assessment transferred. However, they must first undergo an evaluation of this class work to determine if the requested transfer of credits is adequate and/or appropriate. The primary nursing instructor for each class will make an evaluation of theoretical and clinical knowledge of the transfer course(s) and make a recommendation to the Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee that will then make the final decision.

    Methods of evaluation may include:
    • NLN, Kaplan or other valid and reliable standardized tests
    • Final grade for the nursing class (minimum score of 80% required)
    • Course syllabus
    • Clinical skill assessment (if determined by course content)
  11. Petitions may be submitted to the Admissions, Progressions, Retention and Grievance (APRG) Committee.
  • A student may petition credit transfer to the APRG Committee through their advisor.
  • Petitions are normally submitted for the purpose of accepting comparable credits earned previously or at another location.
  • Petitions for exemption from prerequisites and specific departmental policies are not normally considered.
  • Students should petition for unusual or uncontrollable circumstances, upon the advice and with the consent of their advisor.
  • Petitions must include the student’s signature and their advisor’s signature, then be submitted to the chairperson of the APRG Committee. Petitions are placed in the student’s permanent file following the final decision.

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