Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:

TRADITIONAL STUDENTS: (out of high school less than four years) the nursing department evaluates applicants from a holistic perspective and considers a strong applicant one who meets the following criteria for the Nursing Program:

  • ACT score of 21 or higher/SAT score of 1070 or higher (recommended).
  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successfully completed high school chemistry, algebra I and algebra II with a “C” or higher.
  • Taken a rigorous high school college prep course load that may include honors, advanced placement, or dual-credit options.
  • Placed above MTH 098 – Intermediate Algebra 

Students must submit their official high school transcript and application to the University in order to be considered for the Nursing Program.

TRADITIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS (out of high school less than four years) must have:

  • Submitted official transcripts from all high school and previous colleges/universities attended
  • College cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Passed chemistry with a "C" or higher in high school and/or college
  • Placed above MTH 098-Intermediate Algebra

*ADULT students with no prior college work will be evaluated based on high school credentials and placement tests.

ADULT, FIRST-TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS

  • Take the Accuplacer test and place above Intermediate Algebra (MTH 098)
  • Submit a 1-page type-written essay describing rationale and goals for entering the BSN Program.

ADULT TRANSFER STUDENTS

  • Submit "official" college transcripts for all previous college/university course work
  • Possess a cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Take the Accuplacer test and place above Intermediate Algebra (MTH 098)
  • Submit a 1-page type-written essay describing rationale and goals for entering the BSN Program.

All previous college/university coursework will be considered for failures in Category I, Category II and Category III nursing courses for acceptance to the Nursing program.

Requirements for Progression into the Clinical Nursing Program:

In order to progress into clinical nursing coursework, students will need to submit a letter of intent and meet the criteria described below: 

  • Admission to Mount St. Joseph University
  • Completed 28 credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher (all previous college/university coursework is included in calculating GPA)
  • Completed the required Category I or Prerequisite Courses with a “C” or higher in (listed below):
    1. PSY 103: Introduction to Psychology
    2. SOC 103: Our Social World
    3. BIO 197/197A: Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences 1
    4. BIO 198/198A: Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences 2
    5. CHE 104/104A**: General, Organic and Biochemistry
    6. NUR 100: Health Promotion
  • Submit a completed Declaration of Intent to Progress to the Clinical Nursing Program form to the BSN Program Director on or before March 1.

**In order to enroll in CHE 104/104A, the student must have passed high school chemistry with a “C” or higher and score a “C” on the placement test.

***To enroll in clinical courses, students must have successfully completed both a Criminal Background check performed by a service designated by the Department of Nursing and a drug screening with negative results. 

Students who have not met the above stated requirements for progression by the end of the spring semester, will not progress into the Clinical Nursing Program for the upcoming fall semester. Students will be notified in writing of their progression status. 

Note: If after completing the Declaration of Intent to Progress to the Clinical Nursing Program, a student (Mount and/or non-Mount transfer students) earns less than a "C” in any Category I (pre-clinical) course, the student will need to resubmit their Declaration of Intent. The course must be repeated. If a grade of less than a “C” is earned a second time, or if the student earns less than a “C” in another Category I course, the student is not eligible for progression into the clinical nursing program.

Requirements for Continuing Enrollment in the Clinical Nursing Program

To continue enrollment in the Clinical Nursing Program, the admitted student must complete each Category II Support course and Category III nursing course with a grade of "C" or higher and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8/4.0.

Category II Support Course and Category III Nursing Course Requirements

Category II

BIO 215/215A
ETH:REL 252/PHI 250
NUR 205/205A
NUR 280
NUR 317/317A
NUR 430
NUR 470
MTH 174/176
PSY 204 

Category III

NUR 207/207C
NUR 210/210A/210C
NUR 220/220A/220C
NUR 360/360C
NUR 320/320C
NUR 370/370C
NUR 410/410C
NUR 460/460C
NUR 420/420C
NUR 421

The student who receives a D or F in a Category II or Category III course must, prior to continuation in the Clinical Nursing Program:

  1. Meet with the course faculty to discuss factors that contributed to the course failure;
  2. Meet with their advisor.
  3. If the course is a Category III course, the student must meet with the Assistant Dean of Nursing or BSN Program Director and submit a letter of petition that includes a description of factors contributing to the course failure, reasons for desiring permission to repeat the course, and plans for achieving success in subsequent repeated courses.

             I.  Any student who receives a "D" or "F" in a Category II or III course and fails to complete steps 1-3 as described above will be dismissed from the Nursing Program
            II.  A successfully repeated Category II or III course does not nullify the existence of a Category II or III course failure.

The student who fails to achieve a “C" or higher in two Category II or two Category III courses or a combination of one Category II and one Category III course, or twice in the same Category II or III course shall be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

The student must successfully complete the repeated Category II or Category III nursing course(s) before enrolling in any subsequent Category III nursing course. A course can be repeated one time only.

Students must meet all stated pre-requisite and co-requisite course requirements to register for each Category III nursing course.

Program Requirements

Hours: 95

Pre-Clinical Nursing Courses - 21 hours

BIO 197 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (4) CN
BIO 197A Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (LAB) (0) CN
BIO 198 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (4)
BIO 198A Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (LAB) (0)
CHE 104 General, Organic and Biochemistry (3) CN
CHE 104A General & Organic Chemistry LAB (1) CN
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology (3) CEP
SOC 103 Our Social World (3) CS
NUR 100 Health Promotion (3)

Clinical Nursing Courses - 61 hours

NUR 205 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)
NUR 205A Health Assessment Across the Lifespan-Lab (0)
NUR 207 Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing (4)
NUR 207C Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing-Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 210 Foundations Patient-Centered Nursing Care (5)
NUR 210A Foundations of Patient-Centered Nursing Care - Lab (0)
NUR 210C Foundations of Patient-Centered Nursing Care - Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 220 Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions (6)
NUR 220A Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions-Lab (0)
NUR 220C Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Common/Chronic Conditions- Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 280 Pathophysiology: A Nursing Perspective (3)
NUR 317 Pharmacology and Medication Administration (4)
NUR 317A Pharmacology and Medication Administration LAB (0)
NUR 320 Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Acute/Chronic Conditions (6)
NUR 320C Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Acute/Chronic Conditions- Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 360 Family-Centered Maternity Nursing (4)
NUR 360C Family-Centered Maternity Nursing-Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 370 Patient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health (4)
NUR 370C Patient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health-Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 410 Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Complex Conditions I (5)
NUR 410C Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Complex Conditions I-Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 420 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Critical Care (5)
NUR 420C Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Critical Care-Clinical (0) EXP
NUR 421 Professional Nursing and the Common Good (3) CCP
NUR 430 Research for the Health Sciences (3)
NUR 460 Family-Centered Pediatric Nursing (4)
NUR 470 Leadership in Professional Nursing (2)

Cognate Courses- 13 hours

BIO 215 Introductory Microbiology (4)
BIO 215A Introductory Microbiology (LAB) (0)

ETH:REL 252 Theological Health Care Ethics (3) CE
or
ETH:PHI 250 Health Care Ethics (3) CE

PSY 204 Lifespan Development (3)
MTH 174 Statistics I (3) CMA

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the baccalaureate nursing program is able to:

  • implement effective, culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions based upon assessment data
  • communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups and populations
  • employ critical thinking to make competent decisions
  • develop caring relationships with clients from diverse populations
  • apply principles of leadership and management while working in interdisciplinary teams
  • exercise professional, legal, ethical, social and political responsibilities
  • use information literacy to provide evidence-based care