Nursing - B.S.N.

College of Nursing
Henderson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-7930
nursing@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/nursing


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares practitioners for professional nursing, helps them understand their role in society and prepares them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills and compassionate nursing practices. Students begin with courses that demonstrate the core foundations of the nursing profession and its historical roots. The capstone preceptorship exposes students to research and professional-practice concepts that will ensure their abilities to be nurse leaders and healthcare advocates. Throughout the program, students study life-span and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to their profession. 

The Nursing major comprises one optional concentration:

  • The Accelerated Second Degree concentration

The Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Nursing degree Program

A combined degree program is available for undergraduate Kent State nursing students who have completed 60 credit hours and meet specified GPA requirements early in their undergraduate studies. Qualified students may apply for admission into the Master of Science in Nursing degree after gaining approval from the appropriate graduate faculty program director. Following graduation and passing the state licensing examination (NCLEX-RN), students' M.S.N. application may be activated for admission into the selected master's concentration.

Fully Offered At:

  • Geauga Campus (Nursing major only)
  • Kent Campus (Nursing major and Accelerated Second Degree concentration)
  • Salem Campus (Nursing major only)
  • Stark Campus (Nursing major only)
  • Trumbull Campus (Nursing major only)

Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective, the process is competitive and acceptance is never guaranteed.

Freshman Students to the Nursing Major: Admission to nursing requires the completion of high school math, biology and chemistry. In addition, students should have at least a 2.7 overall high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum 22 ACT composite (or a minimum 1020 SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score). Applicants with a 21 ACT composite score (or 980 SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score) need a 3.0 high school grade point average. Applicants with a 20 ACT composite score (or 940 SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score) need a 3.3 high school grade point average.

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration: Admission to the Accelerated BSN Concentration requires a completed baccalaureate degree with a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher. Accelerated students must have all core and nursing prerequisite courses complete.

  • Admission check list for the Accelerated BSN Concentration students:
Transfer Students to Nursing Major: All transfer applications to the College of Nursing must submit both college and high school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Professional Nursing Sequence admission takes place in both fall and spring semesters. Transfer students can apply if they have completed 30 credit hours. In addition, students must have a minimum 2.750 overall GPA in all coursework and a minimum 2.750 GPA in the required sciences—BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020, BSCI 20021, BSCI 30171 and CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060 including a minimum C grade in each course. Transfer students who have successfully completed 12 or more credit hours at Kent State University will be evaluated on their cumulative Kent State GPA only along with the previously described admission criteria.

Transfer students from another accredited B.S.N.degree who have completed at least one laboratory or clinical course must have achieved the following for admission to Kent State's B.S.N. degree:

  • Minimum 3.200 overall GPA in all college-level coursework
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for the required (or equivalent) science courses in Kent State's B.S.N. degree
  • Minimum C grade on the first attempt in all nursing courses in the current nursing curriculum
  • Good academic standing at current college or university

Students should contact the College of Nursing regarding the application process and deadlines.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Meet educational eligibility requirements to take the registered nurse licensing examination (National Certification and Licensure Exam).
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies. 
  3. Apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive care to promote health and adaptation of individuals, families, groups and communities. 
 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY (min C grade for either course)3
or BSCI 30171 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
BSCI 30050HUMAN GENETICS (min C grade for either course)3
or BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
NURS 20025PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I (min C grade)3
NURS 20950HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (min C grade)3
NURS 30010PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 30020HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN (min C grade)4
NURS 30025PHARAMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II (min C grade)3
NURS 30035NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (min C grade)9
NURS 30050BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS (min C grade)2
NURS 30070HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) (min C grade)3
NURS 40010NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL (min C grade)4
NURS 40020COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 40030PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CARE (min C grade)4
NURS 40045INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) (min C grade)6
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Statistics Elective, choose from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR) (min C grade)
APPLICATION OF STATISTICAL FINDINGS FOR EVIDENCE - BASED PRACTICE IN NURSING
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (min C grade) `14
BSCI 21020ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (min C grade) 14
CHEM 10050FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) (min C grade in either course)3-4
or CHEM 10055 MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Mathematics Elective, choose from the following (min C grade):3
MODELING ALGEBRA PLUS (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS STRETCH I
and ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS STRETCH II (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS PLUS (KMCR)
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR)
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR)
CALCULUS WITH PRECALCULUS I (KMCR)
CALCULUS WITH PRECALCULUS II (KMCR)
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Additional or General Elective3
Additional Requirements or Concentration
Choose from the following:20
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who have successfully completed ATTR 25057 (or EXSC 25057) and ATTR 25058 (or EXSC 25058) with a minimum C grade may use those courses in place of BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020.

 

Progression Requirements

  • Students must met the following requirements in order to be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence:
  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have a minimum overall 2.000 GPA each semester to continue in the program; failure to achieve this GPA each semester will result in not permitted to continue in the program.
  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have earned a minimum C grade in each science course required in the B.S.N. curriculum. All required chemistry and biology courses must be successfully completed with a minimum C grade to graduate with the B.S.N. degree.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated concentration must have a minimum C grade in each of the sophomore nursing courses to progress to the junior nursing sequence.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated concentration must have a minimum C grade in each of the junior nursing courses (NURS 30010, NURS 30020 and NURS 30035) to progress to the senior nursing sequence.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated Nursing major must have a minimum C grade in each of the senior nursing courses (NURS 40005, NURS 40010, NURS 40020, NURS 40030, NURS 40045 and NURS 40872) to progress and graduate.
  • Students in the accelerated Nursing concentration and LPN to BSN sequence may take junior- and senior-level courses concurrently as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the traditional  Nursing major may take a maximum of two clinical courses each semester.
  • Students in the accelerated Nursing concentration and LPN to BSN sequence are permitted to take three clinical courses each term, as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the accelerated concentration and LPN to BSN sequence who do not earn a C or better in any nursing courses, will be transferred to the traditional BSN course schedule.

LPN to BSN Sequence: LPN students who are pursuing the nursing major will need to complete all core and prerequisite coursework to be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence. Admission checklist for the Professional Nursing Sequence for LPN to BSN students:

  • Students are eligible to make application during the semester in which they anticipate completing, or have completed the core courses, along with:
  • Students must have a 2.750 cumulative GPA, and a 2.750 science GPA
  • Students must earn a C grade or better in all science and math courses.
  • Unrestricted LPN license

The Dean may review the student's educational files to determine if adequate progression has been made.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Additional Major Requirements

[NU-BSN-NURS]

Students declaring the Accelerated Second Degree concentration should take the requirements listed under that concentration.

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
NURS 10060INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 13
NURS 20020FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 13
NURS 20030FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 15
NURS 40005PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT (WIC) 3
NURS 40872INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:20
1

Students admitted into LPN to BSN sequence will take NURS 20040 instead of NURS 20020 and NURS 20030.

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration Requirements

[NU-BSN-NURS-ACSD] 

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
NURS 20040FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 40025PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45075NCLEX SUCCESS 2
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)7
Minimum Total Credit Hours:20
 

Roadmaps

 

Nursing Major

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10050
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
NURS 10060 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Mathematics Elective 3-5
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BSCI 20021
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020, BSCI 20021 (or BSCI 30171) and CHEM 10050 (or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)  
BSCI 30050
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
!NURS 20020 FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 3
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
!NURS 20030 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 5
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Statistics Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 30025 PHARAMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
!NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070 HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
!NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
!NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
NURS 40872 INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 40005 PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT (WIC) 3
!NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING 4
!NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CARE 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
!NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
!NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
!NURS 45060 NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
BSCI 20021
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3
BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BSCI 30050
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
CHEM 10050
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3
Mathematics Elective 3
Statistics Elective 3
Kent Core Composition 6
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Humanities 3
Kent Core Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Additional 3
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours60
Semester One
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060; and BSCI 21010; and BSCI 21020; and BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171  
NURS 20040 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
NURS 30070 HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060; and BSCI 21010; and BSCI 21020; and BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171  
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
NURS 30025 PHARAMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40025 PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING CARE 4
NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
NURS 45075 NCLEX SUCCESS 2
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120