Nursing (B.S.N.)

Degree Type
Degree/Major
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Nursing, Health, and Human Behavior
FourYearPlan

Viterbo’s nursing program is highly reputable with graduates sought after by employers. The program features a curriculum that prepares students for contemporary nursing practice. There are various pathways for admission, including direct admission. The program has a history of high state board (NCLEX-RN®) pass rates and a large following of alumni who greatly value the education they received in the program.

Policy

Admission to the Nursing Major (traditional BSN)

The following requirements must be met in order to be accepted as a nursing major:

  • composite ACT score of 18
  • high school rank in the 50th percentile or higher; applicants with no high school rank must have a high school grade point average of 3.0/4.0 scale
  • completion of one year of high school chemistry, or equivalent, with grades of C or better
  • completion of two years of high school algebra, or equivalent, with grades of C or better

Admission to the Professional Nursing Program (traditional BSN)

Viterbo will admit two cohorts into the professional nursing sequence (Fall and Spring). Viterbo students wishing to enter the professional nursing program at the sophomore level must complete a formal application for admission prior to the semester of desired entry.

  • FALL COHORT
    • Completed prerequisites and in-process prerequisites during spring semester. The application deadline is May 15. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by June 1. Admitted students have until June 15 to accept offer of admission.*
    • Incomplete prerequisites in-process during summer. Students may apply at any time. Additional applicants will be notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis through June, July and August. Admittance is dependent upon available seats. Applicants will be reviewed in order of course completion date and grade submission. The course grade may be submitted via an unofficial transcript or screen shot.
  • SPRING COHORT
    • Completed prerequisites and in-process prerequisites during fall semester. The application deadline is December 1. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by December 23. Admitted students have until January 9 to accept offer of admission.*

*Dates above may be adjusted for weekends and/or holidays.

  • Applicants for the professional nursing sequence must have completed the following prerequisites by the end of the semester in which the application for admission to the professional nursing program is filed:
    • ENGL 103 or 105 or 195
    • PSYC 171
    • BIOL 104 and 114 (with grades of C or better)
    • CHEM 106 or 120 and 121 (with a grade of C or better)
    • SOCL 125
    • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above
  • A Viterbo nursing math competency test must be successfully completed prior to submitting the application.  (scheduled through the Academic Resource Center)
  • The Nursing Admission Committee will review student records after the posting of current semester grades. The committee will admit the most qualified students based on a holistic review of items that may include cumulative grade point average (GPA), cumulative GPA in prerequisite courses, science GPA, previous academic records, interview, essay, or other supplemental items . Preference for admission will be given to the most qualified students.  The school may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional nursing sequence. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, meeting the minimum criteria for admission may not be sufficient to be admitted to the professional nursing sequence in the desired semester. Entrance is a competitive process.
  • Current Viterbo students who qualify, but are not admitted to the cohort of their choice due to enrollment limits will be guaranteed a spot in the next cohort if they remain enrolled full time at Viterbo and maintain the academic criteria, such as cumulative GPA and prerequisite grade requirements.
  • Students who do not qualify may submit an application for a subsequent cohort. Applications are not automatically carried forward. Applicants who have applied in the past are given no special consideration and are reviewed as a member of the current applicant pool.

Transfer Policy (traditional BSN)

  • Viterbo will admit two cohorts intro the professional nursing sequence (Fall and Spring). In addition, transfer students will have the option to apply for direct entry into the professional nursing sequence if they meet all qualifications. The size of each cohort is limited and priority is given to current Viterbo students. See application requirements in Admission to the Professional Nursing Program section above.
  • Transfer students need to first apply and be accepted into Viterbo University as a nursing major. In order to be a nursing major, students must meet the following requirements:
    • Submit high school transcript or equivalency which includes high school rank data
    • Submit transcripts from all previous post-secondary schools attended
    • Submit ACT data, if the test was taken, with results indicating a composite score of 18.
      • Applicants with a composite ACT score below 18 must be reviewed by the Viterbo admissions committee. 
      • If no ACT data is available, placement testing in math, reading, writing, and an interview, may be requested prior to acceptance.
    • Completion of one year of high school chemistry, or equivalent, with grade of “C” or better
    • Completion of two years of high school algebra, or equivalent, with grade of “C” or better
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on transfer credits (total earned points divided by number of credits)
  • Once admitted to the university as a nursing major, transfer students may then submit a separate application to the professional nursing sequence if they meet all of the following academic criteria:
    • ENGL 103 or 105 or 195
    • PSYC 171
    • BIOL 104 and 114 (with grades of C or better)
    • CHEM 106 or 120 and 121 (with a grade of C or better)
    • SOCL 125
    • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above
  • Additional requirements once admitted into the program are:
    • Current State Certified Nurse Assistant;
    • Current CPR for health professionals (American Heart Association);
    • Nursing Math test (administered at Viterbo);
    • Health physical, immunizations, and criminal background check

The deadline to complete these additional requirements is designated in the acceptance letters to the professional nursing sequence.

Clinical Requirements (traditional BSN) ALL STUDENTS

  • Prior to starting the professional nursing sequence, students must show completion of the following:
    • Current state certification as a nursing assistant (CNA),
    • Current CPR for Health Professionals (American Heart Association),
    • Up-to-date health history and immunization profile including:
      • Physical examination report;
      • Record of up-to-date immunization status including – tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella; results of an annual Tuberculin test
      • Failure to have these documents on file by the first day of classes may result in being dropped from the professional sequence.
  • It is required that the student’s health file and CPR certification remain current throughout the course of the program. Failure to comply will mean that the student will not be allowed to begin or to continue in clinical practicum experiences.
  • Federal and state statutes require that criminal background checks be completed for all persons who provide nursing care for others or who have access to people who receive care.
  • Clinical agencies prohibit placement of students with criminal histories of specific crimes and offenses that have been identified as bars to employment or licensure (such as abuse, assault, or neglect). The School of Nursing requires that all students complete a background information disclosure statement and a criminal history search prior to beginning the first clinical practicum in nursing. Students also are required to complete background information disclosure statements at the beginning of each level of the program to insure that requirements continue to be met. In addition, clinical agencies may have other specific requirements that students must meet prior to placement. Individuals whose background check identifies bars to the provision of care in contracted agencies or places restrictions on client contact will not be allowed to progress in the program.
  • Viterbo University School of Nursing utilizes a wide variety of community agencies to assist students in meeting the nursing curriculum objectives. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from these clinical agencies.
  • Students will be required to purchase their own liability insurance for any clinical experiences occurring outside of the university semester dates.
  • Additional requirements related to the professional program can be found in the current B.S.N. student handbook (traditional program) http://www.viterbo.edu/bachelor-sciencenursing/student-handbook.

Progression in the Professional Nursing Sequence (traditional BSN)

  • In order to progress in the professional nursing sequence, students must earn a grade of C in BIOL 296 or repeat the course until a grade of C is earned.
  • Students are expected to earn grades of C or higher in nursing courses. Students who earn a grade of CD or lower in a nursing course will be placed on probation and must earn grades of C or better in all remaining nursing courses.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
  • In addition, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher throughout the nursing program. Failure to do so will result in being dropped from the program until the 2.5 GPA is reestablished.

Readmission Policy (traditional BSN)

  • An individual previously dismissed from the School of Nursing seeking readmission shall be required to complete a readmission packet. The guidelines shall be obtained from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs. The completed readmission packet will be evaluated on an individual basis by a readmission board.
Learning Outcomes
  • Incorporate effective interpersonal and inter-professional communication and collaboration skills
  • Articulate the direct and indirect relationship of healthcare policy, finance, and regulations
  • Assimilate professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice
  • Integrate health promotion, disease prevention, and safety principles for individuals and populations
  • Incorporate an evidence based practice approach to clinical decision making
  • Integrate critical thinking processes in an increasingly complex healthcare environment
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Serving the Common Good course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics. (Courses that qualify for Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences or Quantitative Literacy credit within the LIVE program may also count toward the total.)
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.