Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Program Description

photo of a nursing student in a labThe College of Nursing and Health offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN).  Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditationand is also approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Nurses care for individuals and families from birth to death in local as well as international communities.  Workplace environments can include newborn nurseries to elderly care facilities and school clinics to the World Health Organizations. A nursing education prepares you to participate in research to improve the health of people and/or improve health care practices.

The college has contracts with over 200 agencies in the area including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, county health departments, nursing homes, school systems, senior citizens centers, and day care centers which can be used for clinical experiences and/or research.  Students are introduced to the varied aspects of nursing through theory and research in the classroom.  Outside the classroom, students will have clinical experiences in health assessment, maternity, pediatrics, adult health, community health, mental health and complex care settings.  Nursing students will complete nearly 900 hours in clinical practice and simulated laboratory settings. Based on space availability, classes and clinical experiences may be offered days, evenings or weekends.

Professional nurses provide care for patients of diverse and multicultural backgrounds, and should represent those backgrounds.  The admission process will seek applicants with evidence of intellectual ability, maturity, motivation, ability to interact with diverse populations, dedication to human concerns, ability to independently learn, ability to perform functions required in the practice of nursing, and potential for providing nursing services to under served areas of Ohio.

Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the undergraduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

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Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree seeking) student. 

2

Complete by the application deadline dates the following admission prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or better, maintaining a minimum 2.75 prerequisite GPA:

  • Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
  • Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
  • English 1100 (Composition I)
  • Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
  • Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
  • Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
  • Biology 1050, 1070, 1120 or 1150
  • Statistics 1600

Students who began the Anatomy and Physiology series Fall 2015 or beyond must provide evidence of taking both Anatomy and Physiology courses at the same institution in order to ensure coverage of all necessary content prior to starting their nursing series of courses. This requirement will be only be waived for students who provide documentation in the form of a course syllabus or other similar documentation that provides evidence of all required anatomy and physiology content.

3

Achieve a minimum composite score of 80% on the English language, the science, and the math modules on the HESI A2 Entrance exam.

4

Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA. 

5

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf).

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Submit an Application for Admission (PDF) to the College of Nursing and Health Student Affairs Office, 160 University Hall. Please attach copies of transcripts from all colleges previously attended and HESI results scores to the application.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring admission: September 15
  • Fall admission: May 15 
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Complete an interview with an admission panel.

Admission to the College of Nursing and Health is competitive due to constraints of the affiliating clinical facilities and program resources. The most qualified applicants are selected based on the following criteria: achievement of a minimum score on the HESI A2 Entrance exam, admission prerequisite course work GPA, cumulative undergraduate course work GPA, criminal records check and interview.

  • The College of Nursing and Health has no waiting list. To be reconsidered for a subsequent admission period, the student must reapply to the program and compete for admission with all other applicants for that period. 
  • Admitted students may not defer entrance to the program; they must reapply.  Prior acceptance does not guarantee acceptance at a later date. 

In meeting the admission prerequisite courses or progression requirements:

  • students may repeat any science course once.
  • only two science courses may be repeated.
  • all natural science courses must be current (taken within 5 years of acceptance to the program).

All applicants for admission to the nursing program receive consideration regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, creed, age, political views, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.

Admission from High School

Eligibility

The College of Nursing and Health is happy to admit students to the program directly from high school. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

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  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above
  • ACT score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1030 or higher
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Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree seeking) student by February 15th of your senior year of high school.

10

Complete an interview with an admission panel. Students will be contacted by the College of Nursing and Health to schedule an interview day and time. This is the final step for admission to the College of Nursing and Health.

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Before you may begin your nursing courses, you must complete prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or better, maintaining a minimum 2.75 prerequisite GPA:

  • Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
  • Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
  • English 1100 (Composition I)
  • Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
  • Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
  • Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
  • Biology 1050, 1070, 1120 or 1150
  • Statistics 1600

Students who began the Anatomy and Physiology series Fall 2015 or beyond must provide evidence of taking both Anatomy and Physiology courses at the same institution in order to ensure coverage of all necessary content prior to starting their nursing series of courses. This requirement will be only be waived for students who provide documentation in the form of a course syllabus or other similar documentation that provides evidence of all required anatomy and physiology content.

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Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA. 

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Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf)

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Submit an Intent to Enroll form to the College of Nursing and Health Student Affairs Office, 160 University Hall by the following deadlines.

  • Spring start: September 15
  • Fall start: May 15 

Nurse Aide Training & CPR

Completion of a Nurse Aide Training Course or Equivalent

All students must successfully complete a state approved Nurse's Aide training course before entering the first nursing course (NUR 2100).   This course must have been completed within two years of the application deadline, unless the student is currently working as an STNA/CNA. In this situation, a copy of the certificate or course transcript, along with a letter from your employer verifying your current position and years of experience as an STNA/CNA will be acceptable.

It is important that your Certified Nurse Aide course lay a good foundation for the nursing program. Based on the skill set of previous students, we have found that some programs are preferable to others. Consequently, we encourage our students to enroll in a preferred course that will best prepare them for their first nursing course.

Preferred Nurse Aide courses:

  • Clark State Community College
  • Sinclair Community College

This list is not exclusive; however, if you are considering taking your Nurse Aide course somewhere else, please call the College of Nursing and Health to make sure it will be accepted.

Health Status

All students must have a health status consistent with meeting program objectives and be capable of actively participating in all clinical experiences as certified by a physician or a nurse practitioner prior to entrance into Nursing 2100.

Students entering Nursing 2100 must submit proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification. Students must maintain current proof of CPR recertification throughout the program. The acceptable course meeting the CPR requirement is:

  • American Heart Association course: BLS for Health Care Provider (single-rescuer and 2-person, team basic life support with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics) 

Curriculum

All students admitted to the nursing program prior to Spring 2017 should review the posted undergraduate student handbook for their pattern and program of study.

The following curriculum patterns begin when a student is admitted and enrolled in their first nursing course (NUR). Prior to beginning the nursing program, all students must successfully complete the following courses:

  • Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
  • Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
  • English 1100 (Composition I)
  • Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
  • Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
  • Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
  • Biology 1050, 1070, 1120 or 1150
  • Statistics 1600

May 15 application deadline, Fall start nursing courses, Spring graduation (beginning Fall 2017)
 

Year 1

Fall Semester
  • ENG 2100 Research and Argument – 3 credit hours
  • M&I 2200 Microbiology – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 2100 Assessment – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 3100 Pathophysiology – 3 credit hours

Total 13 credits

Spring Semester
  • SOC 2000 Intro to Sociology (IW) (MC) – 3 credit hours
  • HLT 3400 Pharmacology – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 2400 Intro to Clinical Nursing – 7 credit hours
  • NUR 3200 Family Diversity (IW) – 3 credit hours

Total 16 credits

Year 2

Fall Semester
  • NUR 3420 Mental Health – 6 credit hours
  • NUR 3480 Care of Adults – 7 credit hours
  • WSC E3 History – 3 credit hours

Total 16 credits

Spring Semester
  • NUR 3440 Obstetrics – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 3460 Pediatrics – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 3300 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice (IW) - 3 credit hours
  • WSC E4 Arts/Humanities Elective* - 3 credit hours
  • ATH 2500 Cultural Anthropology (MC) – 3 credit hours

Total 17 credits

Year 3

Fall Semester
  • NUR 4420 Critically Ill – 6 credit hours
  • NUR 4440 Public Health – 6 credit hours
  • WSC Elective* – 3 credit hours

Total 15 credits

Spring Semester
  • NUR 4460 Leadership/Management/Preceptorship – 10 credit hours
  • WSC Elective* – 3 credit hours

Total 13 credits


 

September 15 application deadline, Spring start nursing courses, Fall graduation (beginning Spring 2017)
 

Year 1

Spring Semester
  • M&I 2200 Microbiology – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 2100 Assessment – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 3100 Pathophysiology – 3 credit hours
  • SOC 2000 Intro to Sociology (IW) (MC) – 3 credit hours

Total 13 credits

Fall Semester
  • HLT 3400 Pharmacology – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 2400 Intro to Clinical Nursing – 7 credit hours
  • NUR 3200 Family Diversity (IW) – 3 credit hours

Total 13 credits

Year 2

Spring Semester
  • NUR 3420 Mental Health – 6 credit hours
  • NUR 3480 Care of Adults – 7 credit hours

Total 13 credits

Fall Semester
  • ATH 2500 Cultural Anthropology  (MC) – 3 credit hours
  • NUR 3440 Obstetrics – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 3460 Pediatrics – 4 credit hours
  • NUR 3300 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice (IW) - 3 credit hours

Total 14 credits

Year 3

Spring Semester
  • NUR 4420 Critically Ill – 6 credit hours
  • NUR 4440 Public Health – 6 credit hours

Total 12 credits

Fall Semester
  • NUR 4460 Leadership/Management/Preceptorship – 10 credit hours
  • WSC Elective* – 3 credit hours

Total 13 credits

Course Descriptions

HLT 3400

Course Title: Concepts of Pharmacology
Credit Hours:  3 credits (42 class hours) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Fundamental pharmacologic principles of physiological responses to drugs, therapeutic outcomes, and potential drug interactions.  Prepares for critical thinking in application of pharmacotherapy principles to nursing.
Prerequisites: ANT 2120, minimum grade "C"
Corequisites: None
Restrictions: None

NUR 2100 

Course Title: Health Promotion and Assessment of Adults
Credit Hours: 3 credits: 2 cr. didactic (28 class hrs) *55-minute hours; 1 cr. lab/clinical (24 hrs) Lab includes a minimum of 2 hours clinical *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Incorporates self-directed activities to promote maximum health in self and others.  Development of a systematic approach to obtaining a complete health history and performing physical assessment to determine health and illness in adults.
Prerequisites: ANT 2120, minimum grade “C”; PSY 3410, minimum grade “C”
Corequisites: NUR 2100L
Restrictions: Admission to CONH

NUR 2400

Course Title: Introduction to Clinical Nursing 
Credit Hours: 7 credits: 3 cr. didactic (42 class hrs) *55-minute hours; 2 cr clinical (56 clinical hrs), 2 cr. Lab (56 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Introduces nursing theories with emphasis on interprofessional, intraprofessional, and patient-centered communication skills, the lab and clinical experiences basic to clinical practice, critical reasoning, and the application of health assessment skills in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: SOC 2000, minimum grade of “C”; NUR 2100, minimum grade of “C”
Pre or Co-req: HLT 3400 and NUR 3100 both with minimum grade of "C" if already taken
Restriction: Must be enrolled in the CONH

NUR 3100 

Course Title: Concepts of Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3 credits (42 class hours) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on physiologic change, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic criteria in a variety of disease processes across the lifespan that are fundamental to the development of critical reasoning and planning of nursing care.
Prerequisites: Semester: ANT 2120, minimum grade of “C”; and CHM 1020, minimum grade “C”; OR if they are an RN-BSN student ONLY NUR 4800, minimum grade “C”
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH or by permission of instructor.

NUR 3200

Course Title:  Health, Wellness and Diversity within Families (Integrated Writing "IW" course)
Credit Hours:  3 credits (42 class hours) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Foundation course in culture and family nursing. Emphasizes concepts, models, theories and strategies consistent with a philosophy of health and wellness in the context of human diversity for individuals and families.   
Restriction: Must be enrolled in the CONH
Prerequisite: None

NUR 3300

Course Title: Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice (Integrated writing “IW” course)
Credit Hours: 3 credits 42 class hours) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Introduction to the research process and evidence-based practice.  Emphasizes the critical appraisal of current evidence that guides professional nursing practice.  This is an integrated writing course.
Prerequisites: NUR 2400 or 4800 all must be a minimum grade of “C”; and ENG 2100 or equivalent, minimum grade of “C”; and STT 1600, minimum grade of “C”.
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH.

NUR 3420 

Course Title: Critical Reasoning in Nursing Care of Individuals and Groups in Mental Health
Credit Hours: 6 credits: 3cr didactic (42 class hrs) *55-minute hours; 3 cr clinical/lab (72 clinical hrs & 12 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description:  Focuses on critical reasoning and in the care of individuals and groups with common mental health disorders. Emphasizes therapeutic use of self for enhancing effective communication. Incorporates principles from abnormal psychology, group dynamics, milieu nursing, and complex care relationships, substance use/abuse, crisis intervention, delivery models.
Prerequisites: NUR 2400, NUR 3100, NUR 3200, HLT 3400, all with minimum grade “C”
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH.

NUR 3440

Course Title: Critical Reasoning in Nursing Care of Women and the Childbearing Family
Credit Hours: 4 credits: 2 cr didactic (28 class hrs) *55-minute hours; 2 cr clinical/lab (48 clinical hrs & 8 lab hours) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on critical reasoning and care of women and expanding families including mothers, fathers, and newborns.  Delivery of holistic, family-centered care that reflects understanding of fetal growth and development, physiological/pathophysiological changes of pregnancy, culture, family transitions and reproductive health issues.
Prerequisites: NUR 2400, NUR 3100, NUR 3200, and HLT 3400, all with minimum grade “C”.
Corequisites: None
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH.

NUR 3460 

Course Title: Critical Reasoning in Nursing Care of Children
Course Credit Hours: 4 credits: 2 cr didactic (28 class hrs) *55-minute hours; 2 cr clinical/lab (48 clinical hrs & 8 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on critical reasoning and care of children, adolescents, and families.  Delivery of holistic, family-centered care that incorporates understanding of growth and development, culture, pathophysiological changes, and family transitions.
Prerequisites: NUR 2400, NUR 3100, NUR 3200, HLT 3400, all with minimum grade “C”
Corequisites: None
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH

NUR 3480 

Course Title: Critical Reasoning in the Nursing Care of Adults
Credit Hours: 7 credits: 3 cr didactic (42 class hrs) *55-minute hours, 4 cr clinical/lab (96 clinical hrs & 16 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on critical reasoning and nursing care of adults in acute care settings.  Delivery of holistic, patient-centered care that incorporates understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical and nursing care principles.
Prerequisites: NUR 2400, NUR 3100, NUR 3200, HLT 3400, all with minimum grade “C”
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH.

NUR 4140

Course Title: Nursing Elective
Credit Hours: 1-12 credit hour(s)
Catalog Description: Topics vary.  Specific titles announced in semester class schedules.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CONH
Corequisites: None

NUR 4150

Course Title: Independent Study
Course Credit Hours: 1-4 credit hour(s)
Catalog Description: Faculty-directed, individualized study of student-selected topics.
Prerequisites or corq: None
Restrictions: Permission of instructor

NUR 4420

Course Title: Critical Reasoning in Critical Care Nursing Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 6 credits: 2 cr didactic (28 class hrs) *55-minute hours, 4 cr hrs clinical/lab (96 clinical hrs & 16 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Focuses on critical reasoning in the care of individuals across the lifespan experiencing acute physiological crisis.  Integrates concepts from previous courses with concepts of critical care nursing in a variety of clinical settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 3420, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3440, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3460, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3480, minimum grade “C”
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH

NUR 4440

Course Title: Public Health Nursing in the Political System
Credit Hours: 6 credits: 3 cr didactic (42 class hrs) *55-minute hours, 3 cr clinical/lab (72 clinical hrs & 12 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description: Integrates nursing and public health concepts/trends to assess community health needs.  Stresses primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for health of individuals, families, and groups including lifestyle and genetic factors affecting population health.  Examines global aspects of the social, political, legal-ethical, and environmental issues influencing health care and health policy.
Prerequisites: NUR 3420, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3440, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3460, minimum grade “C”; NUR 3480, minimum grade “C”:
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH.

NUR 4460

Course Title: Leadership and Management in Transition to Professional Nursing
Credit Hours: 10 credits: 2 cr didactic (28 class hrs) *55-minute hours, 8 cr clinical/lab (200 clinical hrs & 24 lab hrs) *55-minute hours
Catalog Description:  Facilitates the transition from student to professional nursing role through concentrated experience in selected clinical areas. Managerial and leadership concepts, issues and roles are examined and applied in various health care settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 4420, minimum grade “C”; NUR 4440, minimum grade “C”
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in the CONH

NUR 4980

Course Title: Honors Project Seminar
Catalog Description: Seminar topics focusing on current issues in nursing and health care and honors proposal development.
Credit Hours: 2 credits
Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Nursing and Health Honor’s Program and NUR 3300

NUR 4990

Course Title: Nursing Honors Independent Study
Catalog Description: Under the guidance of a faculty member, students implement and complete the honors project proposed in NUR 4980.
Credit Hours: Variable credit of 1-4 semester hours which can be repeated over several semesters. Program requires a minimum total of 2 semester hours but may be extended to a maximum of 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: NUR 4980

WSC = Wright State Core 
MC= Multicultural
IW= Integrated Writing

*To fulfill WSC, one additional MC course required. 

120 semester hours required for BSN.

The College of Nursing and Health faculty reserves the right to revise the nursing requirements or the sequence of courses as deemed necessary at any time to prepare students for new emerging roles in nursing.  Course requirements or sequence scheduling may be changed at the discretion of the College.

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