Undergraduate Program in Nursing

The Husson University School of Nursing (HUSoN) Nursing Program brings together two institutions that share a commitment to excellence in teaching and to the relevance of practical experience. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter a wide variety of practice settings as beginning professional nurses. Potential settings for practice include all areas of hospital nursing, ranging from critical care to newborn nursery, as well as community health, clinic, psychiatric, and long term care settings. Baccalaureate degree graduates also are prepared to pursue specialized nursing study at the master’s degree level.

The program provides a strong base in the arts and sciences, both as a theoretical foundation for nursing practice and as a component of a well-rounded education. Clinical experience in nursing is integrated throughout the program of study. The nursing faculty are proficient in their theoretical knowledge and active in their respective clinical areas, providing students with role models for excellence in patient care.

A state-of-the art learning resource laboratory located on the University campus allows students to have extensive practice in developing and refining critical-thinking and psychomotor skills. High-fidelity and hybrid simulation opportunities provide valuable active-learning in a safe practice environment for all students throughout the program. The goal of all learning experiences is to prepare professional nurses who, upon graduation, are theoretically knowledgeable, clinically competent, and compassionate care providers.

Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on building upon the student’s past learning experience. In keeping with overall University policies, transfer, CLEP and proficiency examination options are available to students who have completed appropriate educational experiences prior to entering the program. Part-time alternatives for working students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree are available.

Vision, Mission and Philosophy

Vision

The School of Nursing will be an innovative leader in educating nurses who are caring, competent and committed to individual and global health.

Mission

The School of Nursing produces leaders in nursing and healthcare who provide thoughtful innovation in healing, teaching and discovery. The mission is accomplished through curricula grounded in experiential learning, evidence-based standards, and collaborative strategies to build effective interprofessional teams to ensure quality healthcare delivery for diverse populations.

Philosophy

The School of Nursing faculty believes that education provides students with opportunities to develop habits of critical and reflective thought and expert clinical judgment. This type of intellectual development can best be attained in an innovative and transformative teaching-learning environment that fosters sharing of knowledge, skills, and attitudes as well as scholarship. The faculty and students comprise a community of learners with the teacher as facilitator and the students responsible for their own learning.

Admissions Policies

POLICIES FOR UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAMS

Admissions

The admissions requirements for the Undergraduate Nursing Program include:

Graduation from an approved high school or credentials indicating equivalent preparation.
SAT combined score of at least 1030 (or ACT equivalent);  students with lower SAT scores must have a high school average of at least 89 (GPA 3.4)
High school average of at least 85 (GPA 3.0)
Completion of the following high school subjects with a grade of B or better

Four years of English
Two years of mathematics, including algebra 1 and 2
Two years if science including biology and chemistry

Health care provider examination and current immunization record
Meet essential qualifications

Students who do not meet the admissions criteria for the Nursing Program may apply for undeclared status and submit a Change of Major request at the end of the first academic year. It is recommended that students take courses from the freshman level program of study. There are a limited number of positions for change of major students and there is no guarantee of admission.

Essential Qualifications Policy

Students in the nursing program must possess the essential qualifications to perform the skills and behaviors required of a professional nurse. Therefore, all nursing students must possess the following essential qualifications to meet admission, progression, and graduation requirements:

  • See, hear, touch, smell, and distinguish colors when assessing patients
  • Communicate orally and in writing with clarity, accuracy, and timeliness
  • Express own ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback
  • Possess motor skills sufficient to perform the full range of required client care activities in a safe and effective manner
  • Provide patient care to all patient populations in all settings
  • Evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting
  • Demonstrate emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, faculty, staff and other professionals
  • Possess attributes that include compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and tolerance
  • Meet legal and ethical requirements of any clinical site including background check

Change of Major to Undergraduate Nursing Program

Students may apply for a change of major after completing two semesters of academic work. To be considered for internal transfer students must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students interested in the nursing major must submit a Change of Major form along with an essay that describes their rationale for selecting the profession of nursing and the potential strengths they would bring to the profession. The change of major process is competitive and students with the highest potential for success are selected. Admission is based on space available. An interview may be required. Students must meet the Essential Qualifications.

External Transfers to the Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Program

To be considered for external transfer, applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must submit an essay that describes their rationale for selecting the profession of nursing and the potential strengths they would bring to the profession.  Two references from professors and/or employers are required. For transfer credit, each course must be approved as comparable to courses offered by Husson University and the Nursing Program. Grades of C or above (C+ or above for core science and nursing courses) will be considered for transfer credit. Applicants must meet the Essential Qualifications Standard.

2016-17 Undergraduate Progression and Graduation Policy

PROGRESSION POLICY:  Successful progression in the undergraduate nursing program is based on meeting program outcomes and requires a pattern of effective demonstration of proficiencies in clinical practice, criterion-referenced projects, objective and performance-based assessments.

Successful progression criteria:

  1. Grade of C+ (77) or better in all CORE Science and Nursing (NU/NL) courses. CORE Science courses for the nursing major are listed below.
  1. Grade of “pass” in all nursing clinical/lab courses that are graded as pass/fail.
  1. Students must satisfactorily complete both the theoretical and clinical components of nursing clinical courses in order to receive a passing grade for the course. Nursing clinical courses are listed below.
  1. If a student has an interruption in progression beginning in the sophomore year, the Nursing

Admission and Progression Committee may require the student to repeat foundational courses, such as pharmacology, health assessment, etc., to reestablish current nursing knowledge and safeguard patient safety.

  1. Once a student begins sophomore level nursing courses (NU208, NU211), the student must complete all degree requirements within four years.
  1. Students must demonstrate standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct expected of nursing professionals. These standards include fulfilling expectations established by the ANA Code of Ethics, AACN Baccalaureate Essential VIII: Professionalism and Professional Values, and SON’s Essential Qualifications and the Professional Behavior policy.

CORE Science Courses for BSN Program

  • SC/SL191 General Biology I/Lab
  • SC/SL180 Principles of General Chemistry I/Lab
  • SC/SL221 Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab
  • SC/SL222 Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab
  • SC233 Pathophysiology
  • SC234 Nutrition
  • SC241 Microbiology/Lab

Nursing Clinical Courses

  • NU/NL208 Health Assessment/Lab
  • NU/NL211 Nursing Interventions I/Lab
  • NU/NL212 Nursing Interventions II/Lab
  • NU/NL315 Child Health/clinical
  • NU/NL322 Adult Health I/clinical
  • NU/NL323 Adult Health II/clinical
  • NU/NL324 Maternal & Newborn Nursing/clinical
  • NU/NL412 Community Health/clinical
  • NU/NL422 Community Mental Health/clinical
  • NL427 Senior Practicum

RN-BSN Nursing Courses

  • NU441 Role Transition to BSN

  • NU442 Health Informatics & Technology

  • NU443 Quality Improvement in Healthcare Systems

  • NU445 Evidence-Based Practice for the Professional Nurse

  • NU446 Nursing Practice Science and Skills for the Professional Nurse

  • NU447 Leadership Development for the Professional Nurse

  • NU448 Interprofessional Collaboration in Rural Public Health

  • NU449 Health Policy Issues and Challenges

  • NU452 Study on Population Health - Gerontology

  • NU495 BSN Capstone Practice (with 42 Practicum Hours)

Transfer of Credit

It is expected that students will take all required CORE Science and Nursing courses at Husson University with the following exceptions:

  • If a required CORE Science course is not offered and a student’s advancement through the program of study would be delayed, the student may request permission to transfer credit from another institution and may take the CORE Science course elsewhere only after permission has been granted.

  • If a student is transferring into the Nursing Program from another institution, CORE Science and/or Nursing credits may be transferred if they are deemed comparable to the Husson Nursing and Core Science courses (See section on External Transfers).

  • Any other requests for transfer of credits will be taken on a case by case basis.

If there is an identified pattern of difficulty in meeting these requirements, an individualized Remediation Action Plan (RAP) may be required to strengthen necessary skills before students are allowed to progress in the program.

Progression Review Process

The Nursing Admission and Progression (NAP) Committee will review the academic record of all students who do not meet the progression criteria at the end of each regular fall and spring semester (December/May). Academic actions may include academic warning, probation or dismissal from nursing and/or the University. The Committee will review each student’s internal (course assignments), external (nationally benchmarked HESI exams), and/or performance-based assessments, if applicable.

Decisions by the NAP Committee generally incorporate but are not exclusively based on the following standards:

CORE curriculum progression expectations

Once a student enrolls in sophomore level nursing courses, the student will be placed on nursing probation if the student fails to meet the standard of C+ (77%) or “pass” in one or more nursing courses and/or withdraws failing from a nursing course. Students are responsible to fulfill the requirements of the Remediation Action Plan (RAP), if applicable.

  • A student who earns less than a C+ (77%) or withdraws failing must retake the CORE Science or Nursing course(s) the next semester the course is offered.
  • A student must pass a pre-requisite CORE Science or Nursing course before progressing to the successive course, e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I before Anatomy and Physiology II.
  • Credit workload will be limited to 12-14 credits during the probationary period.
  • If a student takes a leave of absence, after being placed on probation, the student will remain on probation the semester the student returns to the program.
  • A student will be removed from nursing academic probation if the student successfully completes all courses during the probationary period.

Academic Dismissal

A student may be academically dismissed from the School of Nursing undergraduate nursing program whenever one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • Failure to execute and meet prescribed benchmarks of the individualized Remediation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Meets the criteria for nursing academic probation as described above for more than two semesters over the course of obtaining a degree.
  • Demonstrating behavior that is illegal, unethical, or unprofessional.

The School of Nursing Chair will take appropriate action with respect to decisions of the NAP Committee.  Such actions may include but are not limited to:

  • Notify the student in writing of the NAP Committee review, decision(s) and recommendation(s) related to student’s academic performance;
  • Notify course instructors of decisions and recommendations, if applicable;
  • Place a student on nursing academic probation;
  • Recommend an individualized Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and notify the student’s advisor
  • Notify the student of dismissal from the nursing program using any reasonable means of communication which could include email or standard post. 

Appeal Process

A student who wishes to appeal the decision of the NAP Committee may do so to the Dean of the College of Health and Education. The student must submit the appeal in writing within 14 days of notification from the School of Nursing Chair.  The grounds by which the Dean may grant an appeal include, but are not limited to whether the student is able to show significant extenuating circumstances and, in the event of dismissal from the program, whether there is a reasonable prospect for academic and/or professional success.  

These policies apply at the departmental level and do not replace university academic actions and appeal processes which are available at the following URL: http://www.husson.edu/undergraduate-policies

Husson University School of Nursing Technical Standards

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees awarded by Husson University School of Nursing attests that the BSN or MSN graduate has acquired a broad base of knowledge, skills and abilities, for safe and competent practice as a professional nurse or advance practice nurse.   Nursing education requires that the accumulation of evidence-based knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of technical skills, professional attitudes and professional behaviors.  In addition to specific teaching clinical sites requirements, the following technical requirements have been adopted by the Husson University School of Nursing programs as requirements for progression within, and graduation from the BSN or MSN programs. In signing the student handbook, the student is attesting to and agrees to abide with the following:

Emotional Requirements:  Students must have sufficient emotional stability to perform under stress produced by both academic study and the necessity of performing nursing in simulated and real patient situations while being observed by faculty, peers, clinical educators, and others. Students need to have the endurance to adapt to a physically and emotionally demanding program. Students must tolerate moderate personal stress levels to achieve success while adhering to the professional standards and requirements of the nursing program.  

The skills essential to being a student nurse and ultimately, a nurse, include the following:  Able to critically reason, and adapt to varying pressures, stress and changes, especially those in unpredictable crises and emergencies.  Students must be able to demonstrate self-control, patience, and tolerance. Students must be able to accept feedback and instruction.  Emotional stability is required to be part of a positive learning environment, in respectful patient care and teaching, and with communication with peers, faculty, health care team, patients and families.  Sensitivity and compassion is required in meeting the needs of all patients (geriatric, children, etc.).  Patient’s comfort, privacy and confidentiality must be maintained. 

Cognitive Requirements:  The student must exhibit cognitive skills necessary for problem solving, clinical reasoning, and judgment. Students must integrate a variety of material with increasing complexity presented throughout the curriculum including presentations, class discussions, interviews and assessments, and reading from textbooks, journals, and medical records. Students must be able to identify and respond accurately to factual information as well as subtle non-verbal cues of mood, temperament, and gestures provided by others. Students must be attentive and be able to focus during class and clinical experiences to fully participate in the learning environment.

Social Requirements:  The student must have appropriate social skills for forming and maintaining relationships with a variety of people including faculty, peers, clinical instructors, patients and their families/significant others. Students must demonstrate the ability to participate as an effective group member.  Flexibility and maturity in all interactions is required for this program. Verbal and non-verbal communications and interactions must be respectful, civil and professional in manner, demeanor and tone.

Communication Requirements:  Students must be able to communicate in written and oral English effectively with faculty, peers and patients in the classroom, clinical setting and community. Communication skills include oral speech, reading and writing in order to be able to complete written and oral assignments.

Physical Requirements:

  • Vision:  Able to assess patient’s health status using visual inspection and observation to detect changes in physical appearance, contour, and color. Able to accurately read labels on medications and calibration and monitoring devices (i.e. syringes, manometers and other monitoring; able to read and create written communication/charting and policies.
  • Depth perception and fine motor skills:  Able to recognize objects that have depth, height and width, such as needed to describe wounds, etc. Able to perform gross and fine motor skills such as what is needed to insert medical supplies and medication into the body (such an indwelling urinary catheters and injections). Able to write and type accurately and clearly on all required assignments, and patient records. 
  • Hearing:  Able to hear within normal range the spoken word, auditory monitoring devices (such as stethoscope) as well as hear mechanical alarms.
  • Speech:  Able to communicate verbally in an understandable manner using the English language to communicate with patient/family and health care team.  Able to provide patient specific teaching.
  • Walking:  Able to walk and use stairs while in the clinical area.
  • Standing: Able to stand for prolonged periods of time while in the clinical area.  
  • Sitting:  Able to be seated in class, computer lab, clinical labs, in clinical conferences as well as during charting in the clinical area.
  • Lifting/Carrying:  Able to lift and carry an average of 10-50 pounds such as medical supplies. Required to lift, transfer, and move patients in the nursing lab and clinical areas.  Effectively assist patients in the rehabilitation process of ambulation, stair climbing, and transferring techniques.
  • Tactile Sensation:  Able to detect condition and changes of the body by using the fingers and hands to touch. Able to feel vibrations, pulses and skin temperature. 
  • Pushing/Pulling:  Able to pull, push, position and transfer patients. Able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) such as with chest percussions, etc.
  • Bending/Reaching/Twisting/Turning and Stretching:   Able to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and other motions that are required when bathing patients, changing beds and using medical equipment.

Health and Safety Requirements:  Students must display good self-awareness of personal health practices and hygiene. They must understand the importance of good personal health habits and prevention of disease/infection control.  They must display an awareness of personal issues and report any that would potentially interfere with their ability to completely care for others.

The nursing student may not pose a risk to the health and safety to themselves or others in the school, clinical area, or at any Husson University sanctioned event/activities. The student must always protect self and others from exposure to body fluids, and communicable diseases by using the education and training provided in labs and the clinical areas.  The student, in a professional manner, must be able to tolerate unpleasant events as those found in accidents, injuries, illness and death.

Reasonable Accommodation

It is the policy of Husson University, School of Nursing, to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these essential requirements in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.  Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.  Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process, which the candidate must initiate with the Director of Nursing who can be reached at (207) 941-7058 or brawng@husson.edu and with the Dean of Students who can be reached at (207) 992-1934 or wilsonbarkers@husson.edu

TOEFL Examinations

International students will be required to take the TOEFL examination. A minimum score of 550 is strongly recommended. Students wishing to transfer credits awarded at a foreign college or university need to submit a World Education Service evaluation of credits. Additional information about World Education Service is available online at www.WES.org

NOTE: Each student applying to the Nursing Program will be considered on an individual basis. Specific requirements may be waived in exceptional circumstances.