2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (Pre-Licensure), B.S.N.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing combines the “art and science” of nursing with a foundation in the liberal arts to prepare graduates who will assume the scope of practice expected of the professional nurse. The theoretical, laboratory, and clinical patient care experiences support learning and exposure to the profession. The Nursing pre-licensure program is designed for the non-nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who desires a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Preparing students for the future of nursing practice, the program requires students to participate in online and face-to-face course formats with extensive online resources. All laboratory, patient care, and face-to-face course work is only offered at the Parkville, MO campus. Acceptance to the program is competitive.

Initial approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and has been awarded for the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (pre-licensure) program at Park University. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Park University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

BSN Pre-Licensure Program majors

  1. A final grade of C is required for all nursing-designated courses. Courses with grades below a C may be repeated one time.
  2. Students who earn less than a C in more than one class during a semester will be removed from the program and are ineligible to repeat those courses
  3. All NUR designated courses require a testing (unit exams, clinical exams, and final exams) average of 78% to pass the course
  4. All clinical experiences must be completed with a “satisfactory” to meet requirements for graduation.
  5. A nursing GPA of 2.8 is required for graduation. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse licensed examination (NCLEX-RN). Completion of degree requirements does not guarantee the ability to take the NCLEX-RN or achieve licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Procedure to request admission to the BSN Pre-Licensure Major (all applicants)

The Department accepts 2 cohorts for the BSN major annually-fall and spring. Cohorts will be selected for the fall semester by the end of June and the spring semester in early December. To be considered for acceptance all requirements must be fully met.

  1. Application for the BSN Pre-Licensure program deadlines are March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.
  2. Completion of the pre-nursing curriculum with an overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale including transfer credit.
  3. GPA of 3.0 in foundational science and math courses (CH 105 , BI 210 , BI 211 , BI 212 , BI 223 , NS 220 , MA 135  and CH 204 ). Courses in progress during the semester of application will be evaluated upon completion of the course to confirm GPA.
  4. ATI Admissions score must meet admission requirements. Admission Test scores will be valid for one academic year (fall/spring cycle). Students may repeat the test to improve their scores. Each attempt requires the student to pay the testing fee prior to scheduling the test.
  5. Will need to provide written essay for select questions.
  6. Provide a resume.
  7. Submission and approval of documentation noting required immunizations and titers as evidence of immunity.
  8. American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers valid through the entire program.
  9. For students with an active LPN license, evidence of inclusion in the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry database with no limitations to practice.
  10. Negative drug screen within the 30 days prior to beginning of courses.
  11. For students with an active LPN license, that license must be current and have no state board restrictions.

Prior learning credit for Practical Nurses

Since 1987 Park University has provided Licensed Practical Nurses with the opportunity to apply for credit linked to their Practical Nursing education. Practical Nurses may be eligible for Validated Learning Equivalency (VLE) credit (up to 9 credit hours) toward the BSN pre-licensure program requirements. To be eligible for VLE credit students must meet all of the following requirements.

  1. Submit evidence of current undisciplined/unrestricted license as an LPN upon application to Park University. New graduate Practical Nurses must complete the NLCEX-PN and have been issues a license. Any evidence of discipline against the LPN license will be reviewed by the department for approval prior to acceptance to the BSN major. Restrictions to practice by a Board of Nursing make the student ineligible for the BSN major.
  2. Submit official transcripts from PN School and all college level course work
  3. Students who choose to apply for VLE credit are reminded they will be held accountable for having a working knowledge of all content associated with the courses VLE credit may be awarded for the following course work:
  1. Complete the Procedure to request admission to the BSN major.

Cohort Selection Priorities

Each cohort is selected based on the admissions criteria. Priority is given to Admissions Test scores, GPA in the Math and Sciences and Pre-Nursing course work and completion of all requirements. Incomplete submission of required information removes the candidate from consideration. It is the student’s obligation to assure all requirements are met.

Total 59 cr.

Liberal Education Requirements

Student Seminar 3 cr.

LE 100 First-Year Seminar  

Writing Seminar 6 cr.

EN 105  and EN 106  

Math Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

MA 120 MA 135 , or higher math course excluding MA 208  

Ethics Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 302 CS 300 EDU 310 MG 495 NS 306 PA 380 PH 102 PH 221 PH 308 PS 220 SO 220  or SW 492   

Humanities Requirement 6 cr.

Select one of the following Art or English: 

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234  

And one of the following:

AR 115 AR 215 AR 216 EN 201 EN 221 EN 232 EN 234 CA 104  , CA 116 CA 235 , FR 201 ML 235 ,ML 251 PH 101 PC 202  ,PH 205 RE 109 SP 110 , SP 201 , SP 202 TH 100 TH 101 TH 201 TH 216   

Natural Science Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 214 CH 101 CH 102 CH 107  and CH 107L CH 108  and CH 108L GGP 115 GGP 120 GGP 205 GO 125 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 NS 220 NS 241 PY 101 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206  

*Computer Science and PE courses excluded.

Science with a lab Requirement 4 cr.

Select one of the following:

BI 101 BI 111 BI 223 BI 211 BI 212 BIO 221 BIO 225 BIO 325 BIO 327 BIO 330 BIO 337L  and BIO 337 BIO 350 BIO 378 BIO 400 BIO 410 BIO 411 BIO 417 CH 107L  and CH 107 CH 108L  and CH 108 CH 317L  and CH 317 CH 318L  and CH 318 CH 328 CH 329 CH 337L  and CH 337 CH 405 CH 440 GGP 115 GGP 205 GO 130 GO 141 GO 151 GO 200 GO 310 GO 320 GO 330 PY 155 PY 156 PY 205 , or PY 206    

Citizenship Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

PO 200 PO 210 HIS 111 HIS 112 , or HIS 113  

Communications Requirement 3 cr.

Select one of the following:

CA 103 CA 105 , or TH 105  

Social Science Requirement 6 cr.

Select two of the following:

AN 100 CJ 100 CJ 200 EC 141 EC 142  , EDU 210 FI 201 ,  GGH 110 GGH 200 HIS 104 HIS 105 PO 216 PS 101 PS 125 PS 205 SO 141 SO 206 , or SW 205  

Seminar: Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning 3 cr.

Select one of the topics for LE 300*  

Graduation Requirements

Professional Writing Requirement 3 cr.

EN 306A  

Upper Division Requirements 59 cr.

59 hours of upper division (300-400 level) college nursing course work

Additional Requirements

Park University grants the Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours with a cumulative 2.8 GPA.
  • Satisfaction of major requirements
  • Completion of degree specific requirements.
  • Completion of Liberal Education requirements.
  • Completion of residency requirement, 30 hours of earned and graded (A, B, C) college hours at Park University. At least 15 of these 30 hours must be in the major.
  • Application to the BSN Program is required.

Nursing Accreditation and Missouri State Board Statement

All requirements (i.e., admission, within program and exit) are subject to change as per the Missouri State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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